In 1965, right in the middle of monsoon season, US Marine Corps stationed in Vietnam were tasked with a series of ambushes to inflict damage in areas controlled by the Viet Cong.
Operation Harvest Moon was a search and destroy mission along the Que Sơn Valley in South Vietnam, which had been taken over by Communists. It was also the most significant team effort between US troops and the Army of the Republic of Vietnam up to that point in the war.
For almost two weeks, the 2nd Battalion, 7th Marines, faced vigorous enemy opposition, culminating in a relentless ambush at the village of Ky Phu in which one company was separated from its battalion in open and fire-swept ground.
But against all odds, one man’s quick thinking and devotion to his duty changed the course of the battle.