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 crew within the Air Cavalry, racing to the help of squaddies who confronted a similar risks 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 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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None of us were cheering, but we were scared enough to listen. There was a certain amount of divisional pride in the Cav, something that could easily be seen in the large shoulder patch that made it stand out over the others in the army. It was the army’s largest patch and designed to be noticed. Initially, it had been designed for the old horse cavalry, and the modern division carried many of the old traditions and designations. For the dress uniform, the patch was a black and gold shield design, but in the war zone the patch was a subdued olive drab and black.

Several new arrivals were pushing to find out what the jungle was like and the war. He laughed at the questions; Beal only smiled. They knew the score, while the rest of us didn’t, as yet, understand the game plan. ” a new arrival asked. The sergeant smirked. “Shot and killed, huh? Well, man, if you only got shot at over here, then that wouldn’t be so bad,” the black sergeant replied. ” “I mean, there are a thousand and one other ways you can die over here as well. Besides getting shot, you can get rocketed, mortared, bombed, or bayoneted.

The quartermaster didn’t want any overanxious young GIs bringing the war, or anything that remotely resembled it, closer to his safe and quiet shop. Too many of the new young hot dogs thought of themselves as tigers, and he preferred his tigers without teeth. When it was my turn to sign for my rifle in the shop’s large property book, I noticed the bold print letters KIA penciled in red across several signatures whose last names started with the letter J. The three letters, KIA, meant that the soldiers had been killed in action.

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