By Kregg P. Jorgenson
The true-to-life tale of a Ranger who volunteered to serve on a Blue staff within the Air Cavalry, racing to assistance from squaddies who confronted an analogous risks he had slightly survived within the jungles of Vietnam. even if enduring NVA sniper assaults, surviving "friendly" fireplace, or touchdown in scorching LZs, Jorgenson stumbled 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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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. “Anyone who joins a team takes on the medic or RTO role, which means, besides his own equipment, he’s responsible for either the medic bag or the radio.
Now most of the villagers are standing outside their hootches, looking like scared poodles caught out on the freeway by the lights of an oncoming Buick. “Like the poodles, they don’t know whether to shit or run, and their feet are about as heavy as a pile of bricks. That is, all except for this real old woman and a young boy. “This old woman just waddles out and smiles at us like we’re long-lost friends. I tell you, this old woman had to be one hundred if she was a day! She was bent, wrinkled, and looked like a banana left out in the sun too long.
In return for use of their mess facilities, we pulled their perimeter guard. After a morning formation, our official training day would begin—a course that was split between classroom training and hands-on outdoor training and application. The small, one-room building served as our school room. Captured flags and equipment lined its walls as did other training aids such as maps, medical equipment, and a variety of radios. 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.
Acceptable Loss. An Infantry Soldier's Perspective by Kregg P. Jorgenson