By Kregg P. Jorgenson
The true-to-life tale of a Ranger who volunteered to serve on a Blue workforce within the Air Cavalry, racing to assistance from infantrymen who confronted an identical risks he had slightly survived within the jungles of Vietnam. no matter if enduring NVA sniper assaults, surviving "friendly" hearth, or touchdown in sizzling LZs, Jorgenson came across 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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Those of you who want to give it a try stick around, while the rest of you are free to go. ” He turned away to discuss something with the spec-four. ” “I think it’s not bad. Some of what they said is pep talk, but most of it makes sense. Besides, I saw our names posted in the orderly room. ” I asked. ” Of the twenty or so soldiers assembled, eight of us hung around to join the company. Among our group was the Fort Benning Ranger from Texas. Training, we were told, would begin in a week. First, they’d take our names and social security numbers and get our orders changed.
Since they’re not in the war, they try to make it miserable for those of us who have been, so I reenlisted and came back here. Look,” he added, knowing that his reasoning didn’t make much sense to the PFC, “for all that’s wrong with this place, it’s still not all that bad. ” Staring into the PFC’s blank, expressionless eyes, Beal smiled and shook his head. ” When we weren’t on detail or attending classes in patrolling, rappelling from helicopters, studying Viet Cong ambush and booby-trap techniques, or attending one of the three daily mandatory formations, we were on our own.
And I joined the army to get away from the ghetto,” a tall, black GI said to no one in particular. While the air force side hinted at war, the army’s made it painfully clear. Fighting positions were more evident, and instead of barracks to house the soldiers, the army erected “hootches,” single-story wooden huts set on concrete foundations and sporting corrugated sheet metal roofs. Circling each were waist-high walls of sandbags. Protection against the mortar or rocket attacks from the Viet Cong, providing the rounds were not direct hits and fell short of their objectives.
Acceptable Loss. An Infantry Soldier's Perspective by Kregg P. Jorgenson