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 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 no matter if you have been paranoid or simply painfully conscious of the possibilities.
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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.
The class, along with the training tent, was filled. Of those who’d be going through the training, several were on their second tours of duty, but the majority of us were on our first. Ranks varied from the lowly, private first class (E3) to staff sergeants (E6) with enough time in grade to be promoted to sergeant first class (E7). While we were in training, our ranks wouldn’t mean a thing, nor would they when we graduated and were assigned to a team. “Team leader ranks range from spec-four to staff sergeants,” Gene Sprague, a staff sergeant with twelve years of service, explained.
When it was up, he had been sent to Germany. ” asked the PFC who’d purchased the Bible. “Too much bullshit,” he said. “Too many people trying to prove something. 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.