Scope and Contents
Correspondence between Mrs. Barbara Ann Weathers Geoghegan Johns and Randall Wallace details the life of Mrs. John's late husband, John Lance Geoghegan, and Randall Wallace's adaptation of the book We Were Soldiers Once...and Young into the Hollywood feature film We Were Soldiers .
Biographical / Historical
Jack Geoghegan entered Pennsylvania Military College in 1959. Due to his military skill, Geoghegan was appointed Corporal by his sophomore year and Brigade Sergeant Major by his junior year, at which point he also received the Army and Navy Legion of Valor Bronze Cross. By his senior year at PMC, Geoghegan was appointed Brigade Commander. He then attended graduate school at the University of Pennsylvania, where he earned a Master's Degree in International Relations. While working for this degree, Geoghegan and his wife Barbara traveled to Tanzania with Catholic Relief Services as missionaries, 1964 - 1965. Through his experiences there, Geoghegan completed his Master's thesis on the independence movement of that country. Once he returned to the US and went through basic training, Geoghegan was assigned as platoon leader of Company C, 1st Battalion, 7th Cavalry. On 15 November 1965, Geoghegan was fatally wounded during the Battle of the Ia Drang Valley. For his heroism in battle, Geoghegan was posthumously awarded the Bronze Star and the National Order, 5th Class and the Gallantry Cross with Palm by the Republic of South Vietnam. His service during this famous battle has been depicted in Hal Moore and Joseph Galloway's book We Were Soldiers Once^DELand Young (1992) and the 2002 Randall Wallace adaptation of that book, We Were Soldiers.