A Norman Lloyd Film
In April, 1968, then-Lieutenant Mike Sprayberry of Delta Company, 5th Battalion, 7th Cavalry Regiment, United States Army led a small group of volunteers on a harrowing nighttime rescue in Vietnam’s A Shau Valley. Their mission: to save a platoon of infantrymen encircled, ambushed, and pinned down by superior North Vietnamese forces on the flank of Tiger Mountain. The rescue was successful--all of the survivors of the ambush were extracted--but the bodies of three fallen soldiers could not be recovered. A few days later, when an observation helicopter attempted to locate the three KIAs, it too was lost to heavy enemy fire, and the bodies of the three helicopter crewmen likewise could not be recovered. To this day, the bodies of all six men remain in the A Shau Valley.
In October, 1969, Mike Sprayberry received the nation’s highest military award, the Congressional Medal of Honor, for his heroic efforts that dark night in the A Shau. But over the four subsequent decades since the rescue, he has remained determined to find the six lost men and bring them home, returning twice to Vietnam in search of evidence compelling enough to convince the U.S. Army’s Joint POW/MIA Accounting Command to initiate a formal recovery effort. The family members of the six men killed in action and their comrades in the 5th Battalion 7th and the 1st of the 9th Cavalry Regiment together share the loss and immense frustration, but also the undying hope, that one day these fallen soldiers may finally come home.