LZ X-Ray was one of the finest moments in the history of the Army. The Cav gave the NVA/VC hell and many of the heroic actions will never be recognized; it is sad.
Unfortunately the upper management of the military saw the body count of X-Ray to be the way to judge success of the War. The great minds of McNamara, Johnson, et al; are the reason there are many fine people/troops on that granite wall in DC. Never in the history of war has body count been a method of measuring success. Never in the history of warfare did you waste lives to conquer a piece of ground only to leave it behind two weeks later. The whiz-kids of the Johnson Admin knew way better than those who were the warriors and led directly to so many fine souls being wasted and to filling slab after slab of granite which is now the Vietnam Memorial. May the souls of McNamara, Johnson et al rot in hell they were in my opinion murderous bastards.
Sadly this is the legacy of the current occupant of The White House and his group of geniuses and their execution of the actions in Iraq and Afghanistan... may their souls rot in hell like the icons of the 60s.