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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 assistance from squaddies who confronted an identical hazards 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 found 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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A voice asked from the rear of the formation. “Not quite,” the master sergeant said. A slight smile caught the corner of his mouth, while the buck sergeant smothered a laugh. “The Bar-B-Q is latrine duty. Every morning three or four of you will be assigned the task of pulling the cutaway barrels from the crappers, adding kerosene to the contents, and then lighting it. Over here we don’t dump our waste, we burn it. For those of you with weak stomachs, keep upwind. ” He went on to say that over the next few days we’d be issued our rifles and equipment and have our division patches sewn on our jungle fatigue uniforms.

Robert K. Brown, Dale Dye (the technical director for the movie, Platoon), Jim Graves, Don McLean, Tom Slizewski, and the rest gave us a chance to tell our stories long before it became popular. As a sometime personal technical advisor to Terrence Knox on the television series, Tour of Duty, I may have offered some small advice on the war while Knox, in turn, provided some helpful nudging, reminding me to hang in there and keep writing whenever it got bogged down. It was appreciated then and now.

You kick ass, and you get your ass kicked, and if you’re good enough, maybe smart enough to know that luck has a lot to do with it, then maybe you survive. A lot of good people are in those metal boxes, but like you said, what do I know? ” It was a few minutes before some mumbling and the conversation turned back to the base and what we might come to find in it. Later, as we wheeled into the 1st Cavalry Division’s replacement stations, we got a look at an NCO leadership academy with a cadence-singing training class going through drill-and-ceremony formations.

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