By Kregg P. Jorgenson

ISBN-10: 0307432580

ISBN-13: 9780307432582

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 an analogous risks he had slightly survived within the jungles of Vietnam. no matter if enduring NVA sniper assaults, surviving "friendly" fireplace, or touchdown in sizzling 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 three letters, KIA, meant that the soldiers had been killed in action. An ominous note for an otherwise ordinary transaction. “Take care of your rifles,” the staff Sergeant said as we exited the shop. ’” Thinking about the penciled letters KIA, yet another acronym we’d become familiar with, I knew that in one way or another, we certainly would pay for those rifles. The staff sergeant was a black grunt from Chicago, a veteran on emergency leave and staying the night at the replacement station before he returned to his unit in the field.

Viet Minh! Can you actually believe that? This old woman has got her wars messed up! Anyhow, the lieutenant, being so college smart and all, doesn’t want to believe the kid because during his ROTC training he was taught to be an officer and a gentleman and a dumb ass. “So the kid, giving the louie a badass look, walks to the far side of the village, picks up a few good size rocks, and starts tossing them down the trail. After a few misses, he triggers an explosion which drops him to the ground, only to have him get back up smiling, which shuts the lieutenant up, and maybe takes care of the platoon sergeant’s case of constipation.

Hours were spent going over what we needed to know, while even more were spent on the walking drills, the formation the LRRP teams used while on patrol, all under the watchful eye of Staff Sergeant Mitchell. ” he’d say. ” And we would, over and over again until he gave us a nod. That was as good as it would get by way of praise. ” he’d yell. “Front scout, fire one eighty and fall back.

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