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 staff within the Air Cavalry, racing to the help of infantrymen who confronted an identical hazards 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 came upon 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 difference was that of cynicism as opposed to humor. Like other FNGs, I was still filled with illusions of petty glory and comic book heroics. I signed for my rifle at the division’s quartermaster supply shop. Like most rear-area supply storage depots, it was run like a general store, a tropical 7-11 for all the staples of war. A sign on one of its two doors displayed its hours of operation. For those who worked there, the war was a nine to five workday. A staff sergeant, watching our truck drive us and drop us off, eyed us with disdain.

CHAPTER THREE Social scientists say that environment plays a major role in the development of behavioral patterns, and perhaps included somewhere in that theory is the effect of audio stimulation on the imagination. I knew the war stories I’d heard were beginning to have an effect on the way I viewed the war and the people around me. For instance, the two most common war stories seemed to be the one about the old Vietnamese barber who later turned out to be a Viet Cong officer, and depending upon which version you believed, was (A) killed in a ground attack on the base one early morning, or (B) was caught after cutting the throats of unsuspecting GIs.

His first tour had been as a dog handler/scout up north in ′67. 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.

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