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 analogous hazards he had slightly survived within the jungles of Vietnam. no matter if enduring NVA sniper assaults, surviving "friendly" hearth, or touchdown in scorching LZs, Jorgenson came across 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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The PFC had a name now, not that it mattered since, other than by rank, last names gave way to nicknames anyway. His, he said, was Breeze. Not really a religious man, Breeze was covering his bet with the purchase of the Bible at the airport, like the ten-spot he’d put in the church collection plate on Sundays instead of going to confession on the Saturday evening before. ” Even though Beal knew the PFC’s nickname, he wasn’t about to recognize him in that way. “New guy, new guy, new guy,” Beal said rubbing his eyes.
If you mean here as in Bien Hoa, maybe four hours or so. ” I turned to see what he was watching but didn’t see anything other than the loading operation. Turning back to the soldier, I noticed that he seemed beat for only five months. My face must have revealed what I was thinking because he smiled and shook his head. “I know it doesn’t seem like all that long, but for some, new guy, five months is a lifetime. Like for those guys,” he said, pointing to the transport plane. “Which guys? ” “No,” he said quietly.
At 4:30 in the morning, it was time for us to be introduced to the uncertainties of Vietnam. We began with a one-mile run and added a mile each day until we reached the five-mile goal. On the second day we were supplied with rucksacks in which we’d carry a thirty-pound sandbag. 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.
Acceptable Loss. An Infantry Soldier's Perspective by Kregg P. Jorgenson