I was watching "We Were Soldiers," with Mel Gibson which is based on a true story and I noticed in the film that Hal Moore played Gibson who was a colonel go into a war zone with a star on his helmet and fighting the enemy wearing the helmet while the soldiers under his command didn't have a star on their helmet. If a commanding officer went into the battlefield with a star on his helmet wouldn't that make him stand out among his men and put him in danger?
- SebastijanLv 62 years agoFavorite Answer
Yes it would.
And there is nothing snipers like more then picking off officers. That's why in combat officers often don't display their ranks. Or wear it painted in a color that doesn't reflect light and doesn't stand out so much.
- Anonymous2 years ago
At the time of The Battle of The Ia Drang Valley Harold G. Moore was a Lieutenant Colonel the rank insingia was a Silver Oakleaf. Yes the glare from a metal would possibly compromise his location. Often during that War Officer's had a subuded rank insingia on their helmet which was Black in Color also on their collar/lapel was rank insingia in cloth or metal with subuded colors or not.
Edit: Below is Harold G. Moore as a Major General notice the rank insignia on his collar and helmet.