Acceptable Loss. An Infantry Soldier's Perspective by Kregg P. Jorgenson

By Kregg P. Jorgenson

The true-to-life tale of a Ranger who volunteered to serve on a Blue staff within the Air Cavalry, racing to the help of infantrymen who confronted an identical risks he had slightly survived within the jungles of Vietnam. even if enduring NVA sniper assaults, surviving "friendly" hearth, or touchdown in sizzling LZs, Jorgenson found that during Vietnam you by no means knew no matter if you have been paranoid or simply painfully conscious of the possibilities.

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One would yell while others would laugh, adding insults of their own. “John Wayne dumb fucks! ” and more, with the jeering and laughter diminishing in the distance as we kept up our run. Then, too, there were other obstacles to overcome on the morning runs such as snakes, monsoon streams, and of course, incoming rocket or mortar rounds. “Down! Down! ” Mitchell yelled one morning when a few of us heard the explosions and then turned to view the brief displays of bright, orange-white light. “This ain’t the Fourth of July, and those ain’t sparklers!

As I walked out toward the bandstand, a parachute flare off in the distance drew my attention away from the music. “A Viet Cong ground probe or attack,” a voice said from behind me. It was Beal. The ghostlike white flare against the black velvet backdrop of the Vietnamese evening set the stage for another kind of show, one punctuated and splintered with green and red machine-gun tracer rounds accenting the pyrotechnic display. The flare slowly floated to the jungle floor, swinging back and forth before it disappeared into the evening.

Everyone who volunteers will go through our training. ” “But you won’t be a Ranger. I mean, not a real one—” It was the wrong thing to say, and judging by the look on the face of the two LRRPs, they were about to let him know it. “The shake ‘n’ bake stepped on his dick,” Beal said. ” sneered Staff Sergeant Mitchell. There was a noticeable edge to his voice. “What’s a real Ranger? Someone who goes through an eight-week course back in the States, where they parade around showing their Ranger tabs and posing, or someone who earns the title here doing the job?

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