People: Mar. 11, 1966

Back from the fighting to check in at his command post at Bong Son, Army Colonel Hal Moore, commander of the 1st Air Cavalry's famed 3rd Brigade (TIME, Feb. 11), found the post company waiting with a big cake and a roaring chorus of Happy Birthday. Recollecting that he'd turned 44 that day, Colonel Moore broke out a bottle of Jim Beam bourbon and warmly toasted 1) the President of the U.S., 2) victory in South Viet Nam, and 3) "the loyal, brave and great infantry soldier who has to run around tired, stinking...

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