By Kregg P. Jorgenson
The true-to-life tale of a Ranger who volunteered to serve on a Blue crew within the Air Cavalry, racing to assistance from infantrymen who confronted a similar 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 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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Take these for you and your grandmother, ’ he says, tossing the kid two boxes of C rations. J. Simpson catch and breaks for daylight back to the old woman who, by the way, is still smiling. After a minute or so of exchanging words with the old lady, the kid turns and hauls ass back toward Morgan screaming at the top of his lungs about the booby traps. “Can you believe this shit? I mean, we search the whole village and don’t find diddly, and the boy is talking about booby traps. Then he explains to Morgan that the village isn’t booby-trapped, but the trail that leads out of the far side of the village is.
Play money,” added the driver, “but it spends like the real thing. ” I wanted to ask him just what kind of ideas about money he thought we’d have in the jungle and maybe remind him that it didn’t seem to be Tarzan’s primary concern, especially when he had a million screaming fuckers trying to spear his butt. Instead I let it ride. For a while we rode along in silence, taking in the airstrip and adjacent countryside. Surrounding the base perimeter were waist-high rows of barbed wire, ankle-high wire barriers known as tanglefoot, the sandbagged bunkers, and periodic guard towers that marked the boundaries of the encampment.
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. In a short, staccato speech he told us that we’d enter alphabetically through the door marked IN, pick up our gear, sign for our rifles, and exit through the door marked OUT.