By Kregg P. Jorgenson
The true-to-life tale of a Ranger who volunteered to serve on a Blue crew within the Air Cavalry, racing to assistance from infantrymen who confronted a similar risks he had slightly survived within the jungles of Vietnam. even if enduring NVA sniper assaults, surviving "friendly" fireplace, or touchdown in scorching LZs, Jorgenson chanced on that during Vietnam you by no means knew even if you have been paranoid or simply painfully conscious of the possibilities.
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We were young, but we were well-trained, enthusiastic if inexperienced, and ready to do whatever was expected of us. All we wanted was the chance; digging ourselves into the proverbial pile of horse manure, we were certain there had to be a pony under there somewhere. CHAPTER ONE BIEN HOA, VIETNAM As I stepped from the plane, it wasn’t the sudden rush of heat or humidity that immediately caught my attention. It was the applause! Off to one side of the airbase terminal, several hundred gaunt, tanned, and laughing GIs wildly applauded our arrival.
But it’s all the time we have to try to whip your cherry ass into some sort of reasonable shape. I’m a team leader, and I can’t afford to have anyone on my team that can’t do the job. The two weeks of training are designed to show you new guys just how much you don’t know, in spite of your rank or any schools you might’ve graduated from. “We have to know that when you get assigned to a team you’ll know enough to keep your mouth shut and your eyes and minds open. Patches, tabs, and certificates don’t mean shit.
That, and the weight from our rifles and web gear, provided the weight we needed to get used to carrying in the jungle. All totaled, it weighed nearly sixty pounds, which Staff Sergeant Mitchell said would only be part of the weight we’d have to carry. The run began in front of the company area on a road that took us to the camp perimeter road. The course would take us down the perimeter road and often between the strands and lines of barbed wire and the bunkers that watched over that wire and the camp.
Acceptable Loss. An Infantry Soldier's Perspective by Kregg P. Jorgenson