The Ghosts of the Green Grass
Official Website of Book, Author, and Speaker
The journey of the Second Battalion Seventh Cavalry
into the Hell of the Ia Drang Valley in 1965.
"For the soldier who has survived a war there is no closure. He has an obligation, a sacred duty, to remember those who fell in battle beside him all his days and to bear witness to the insanity that is war."
Lt. Gen. Hal Moore
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"...Alley introduces the men and women oftheSecondBattalion
Seventh US Cavalryand marches them straight into Hell itself in the tall grass. To read Alley's book is close to living the bloody battle itself."
"...a compelling insightful narrative of one soldier's Vietnam War during the fighting in the Ia DrangValley in 1965...one senses the constant terror fighting men encountered in a war that seared their memories forever...a fascinating book"
"A heartfelt,gripping account of the bloodiest one day battle of the Vietnam War, from someone who was there, yet made it home to share his heartbreaking story..."
co-author of We Were Soldiers Once...and Young
Carroll Van West
Tennessee State Historian
author of Baptism:
A Vietnam Memoit
Mike, Fletcher and Bud Alley
Katrina Fomich, Fletcher, and Caroline Alley
A native of Greenville South Carolina, J. L. Bud Alley was educated in public schools there and attended Furman University, graduating in June1964 with a BS in Biology and a Commission into the US Army as a Second Lieutenant. He entered active duty that August under a trial program called the U2 whereby he had no additional military officer training and assumed command of a mechanized infantry platoon in the Second Infantry Division at Ft Benning. After five months he was selected as Communication Officer and sent to Combat Arms Communication School at Ft Sill Oklahoma.
In July 1965 he was selected as Communication Officer for the Second Battalion of the Seventh Cavalry and subsequently served a complete one year tour of duty in South Vietnam with them. He was a participant in the bloodiest one day battle of the entire war on 17 November 1965 and again in the 4th worst battles in January of 1966 and the 13th worst in May of 1966. He was awarded the Combat Infantry Man’s Badge, the Silver Star for Gallantry, the Bronze Star for Heroism, the Purple Heart for wounds in action, the Air Medal for over 25 first wave Air assaults in hostile territory, the Vietnamese Cross of Gallantry, and the Presidential Unit Citation among others.
Upon his return from Vietnam he married Caroline Davis, his fiancee who waited for him that terrible year and they celebrated their 49th anniversary this past August. Alley entered the corrugated packaging industry and spent 41 years in various capacities in that business. They
have lived in Miami FL, Augusta GA, Greenville SC, Chattanooga TN, Greensboro NC and Brentwood TN. They have two children, Meg Evans living in Warrington PA and MIke Alley living in Chattanooga. They have four grandchildren.
Alley has obtained an MBA from Augusta State University (now Regents University ) and an MA in Public History from MTSU in 2011. His other interest include commercial acting and working with his Therapy Dog, Codi visiting local hospices and VA facilities. He is active in the VVA Chapter 203. In July he introduced his book, The Ghosts of the Green Grass, a biographical narrative of the Second Battalion of the Seventh Cavalry. The story is one that the Army has kept on the backwaters of its history. As a historian Alley weaves the faux pas of an earlier Seventh Cavalry (that of Gen, George A Custer) into his story of the 1965 soldiers.
March is half over already and things are buzzing...April we will be in Nashville followed by a wonderful day in Greensburg Indiana, at their Chatauqua event. We return to Chattanooga on the 6th of April. I will be in DC from the 10th -13th with VVA business. We will then be downtiming the balance of the month. May will see us in Myrtle Beach, and at various Barnes and Nobles stores in the southeast. June 13 Carlisle PA the Army Heritage Center, June 14, Harrisburg PA History Club and returning June 20. July we will be in California with the book and VVA. The big news is we are returning to Vietnam Landing Zone Albany and X-ray in November. Great excitement and more details to follow.
2018 is an exciting year for me and the book. We are expecting to be in Barnes and Nobles in the 3rd quarter and touring their southeastern stores in between already scheduled events.
February 15-17 Laramie Wyoming
February 23-24 I will be in Louisville KY at the Show of Shows.
March 11 Elementary School in Ft O.
April 10-14 Washington DC VVA committee meetings
April 19-May3 Vacation
May 8-12 Myrtle Beach SC
June 10- 19 Pennsylvania: Carlisle, Pittsburgh, Philadelpia
July 19-30 Arizona, New Mexico, Texas, Palm Springs Ca, VVA leadership conference.
November Veterans Day, DC honoring the 100th anniversary of WW I and departing for Vietnam.
Codi and Bud at Rushmore on September 28th