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Acceptable Loss: An Infantry Soldier's Perspective [Kindle Edition]

Kregg P. Jorgenson
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (97 customer reviews)

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The true-to-life story of a Ranger who volunteered to serve on a Blue Team in the Air Cavalry, racing to the aid of soldiers who faced the same dangers he had barely survived in the jungles of Vietnam. Whether enduring NVA sniper attacks, surviving "friendly" fire, or landing in hot LZs, Jorgenson discovered that in Vietnam you never knew whether you were paranoid or just painfully aware of the possibilities.


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The true-to-life story of a Ranger who volunteered to serve on a Blue Team in the Air Cavalry, racing to the aid of soldiers who faced the same dangers he had barely survived in the jungles of Vietnam. Whether enduring NVA sniper attacks, surviving "friendly" fire, or landing in hot LZs, Jorgenson discovered that in Vietnam you never knew whether you were paranoid or just painfully aware of the possibilities.

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  • File Size: 725 KB
  • Print Length: 268 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0804107920
  • Publisher: Presidio Press; Reprint edition (August 25, 2010)
  • Sold by: Random House LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B003E8AJBU
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #201,739 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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82 of 84 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Memoir August 31, 2001
By A Customer
Format:Mass Market Paperback
A few weeks ago i read Acceptable Loss for the second time after first reading it several years ago. Over the last ten years ive read well over a 100 memoirs written by guys who served in WW2 and Vietnam and in my opinion this book ranks up there as one of the better ones. Its fast paced and interesting yet its not just a book of war stories, in comparison with my other fav vietnam memoirs like Chickenhawk, Ghosts and Shadows, Baptism, Killing Zone, Father Soldier Son and Hundred Miles it too delves a few layers deeper than your average memoir in describing the physical and psychological toll combat in an unpopular war has on a young man. After finsishing the book while down the jersey shore on vacation this past summer i made it a point to see for the first time the n.j. vietnam veterans memorial during my trip north on the garden state parkway and find the name of the ranger who was killed while on patrol with Kregg towards the begining of the book. .... As for the book i highly recommend it to military buffs and many others who may be thinking about reading a first person account of the war.
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31 of 34 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A reality check August 3, 2000
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Kregg Jorgenson should be recognized as one of the finest authors on the Vietnam war. Acceptable Loss is his first effort and set the tone for every subsequent work. If you want to know why "America's finest" served during this unpopular war, and why they gave their best, read Acceptable Loss and then pick up the rest of Jorgenson's works. You'll come away feeling patriotic and proud to be an American. Thanks, Kregg.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great look at the effects of war on the average grunt . September 18, 1999
By A Customer
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Kregg Jorgenson takes you through his very personal and both physically and mentally painful account of his entire time in Vietnam. Although a decorated "hero", he shows us how he found something far more improtant than his medals or cause: his "buddies". He guides the reader through the numerous harrowing experiences that re-shaped his whole way of thinking and does not try to gloss over his own shortcomings. The one over-riding thing I can say about this book is that it is honest. There are no stats, no overall perspective, just the plain truth about what he witnessed and felt during his tour. That is the most shocking, honourable, moving and often funny thing he can write. An immensely enjoyable book, so much so I read it virtually everywhere I got a chance to sit down; gripping to the last.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An eye opening look at the war of vietnam June 27, 2001
By A Customer
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I have to admit that after reading Kregg Jorgenson's book that I have begun to think differently of Vietnam. He gives a truthful account of the brutalness of war. The descriptions and the situations are very well described and I felt as I was living vicariously through his accounts. If you have an interest in the war and the not just the media account of it, read this book and you will see through the eyes of the soldier.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A book by a hero of mine October 7, 2002
Format:Mass Market Paperback
This is one of the best personal accounts of the vietnam war.
Kregg Jorgenson is one of my heros, but also one of Americas, he
is decorated with the silver star, the bronze star and 3 purple
hearts
Kregg Jorgenson (KJ) tell his story how he lived it.
KJ started his service in Vietnam with the 1 cavalry division, while at the repo center he decided to join the Ranger company of the 1 cav; Hotel company.
After a short training period he started going out on patrols and soon got into his first firefight.
A short while later his partol got into a more serious firefight
that saw the ATL and his best friend killed in action and another
team member woundet, KJ and his teamleader performed admirable, getting the whole team extrated under fire while fighting off the NVA.
Even though that KJ felt that he had failed his teammates and his best friend, the division decidet that the Teamleader and KJ deserved the Silver star.
Having lost confidence in himself as a ranger, KJ decidet to quit the Rangers, he tranfered to A troop ( aka Apache) of the 1/9.
First he tried out the scouts, but his stomach could not handle the rollercoaster rides, he decides to join the infantry platoon of apache troop, the Blues.
Here he served as a squadleader, and he did not mind walking point, some said that he enjoyed it.
His service in apache troop got him inte several firefight, that saw him woundet two more times and earning a bronze star for valor.
He also had the disputed honor of being shoot on camera while in a shootout with a NVA pointman, KJ killed the NVA pointman but was hit in both legs during in the process.
so KJ had the "honor" of being called "the sarge who like to walk point", making him a national hero in an efternoon.
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Acceptable Loss May 18, 2000
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I have read over 100 books dealing with the Vietnam War and found Acceptable Loss to be one of the best. I had to pass this book along to friends to read. The title, Acceptable Loss, says volumes as how war is often played by the higher command. Cannon fauter is a by product of war. God help you if you are one of the expendables. The combat scenes made me break out in a sweat. I had to re-read them over and over. God bless ones' fellow grunts and God bless America.
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17 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An Accurate Book - I Know Because I Was There July 11, 2000
Format:Mass Market Paperback
In fact, I was flying the helicopter from which the cover picture was taken and my crew captured the NVA weapons shown inside. Kregg does an outstanding job of capturing life in a forward reconnaissance unit during the height of the Viet Nam War.
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5.0 out of 5 stars raw and real
This was a very good look at war in its most brutal forms. The characters were well portrayed and human. Read more
Published 1 day ago by Broadwing
5.0 out of 5 stars A great read.
The author served with the First Air Cavalry Division as a Lurp (ranger) and as an infantryman with the 9th Cavalry's legendary Alpha Troop Blues. Read more
Published 6 days ago by Matthew J. Brennan
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Good read
Published 1 month ago by Susan McGivney
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
Title is the catcher--of learning more about what it means.
Published 1 month ago by onglee
4.0 out of 5 stars a very enjoyable read
Very honest, first person account from someone who walked point on over 54 missions. Also very honest about being uncomfortable with medals, even though he earned them. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Michael G. Simonetto
5.0 out of 5 stars Exactly as it really was
If you want to know what it's like to be nineteen, and a front line soldier in the Vietnam War, you owe it to yourself to read this book. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Rick
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
One of the best I've read. Thanks for your service!
Published 1 month ago by Buddy
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
good book
Published 2 months ago by Douglas Hill
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Vietnam experience for those who are curious about that war.
Published 2 months ago by George Strampher
4.0 out of 5 stars I realize he was only 18 years old during this time but many of his...
Instead of detailing battles Mr. Jorgenson details his thoughts and feelings about his general situation in Viet Nam. Read more
Published 2 months ago by John Klaus
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More About the Author

Kregg P.J. Jorgenson is a Vietnam combat veteran who has written extensively for military and Martial Arts publications.
His book: Stalking the Dragon- 10th Anniversary Edition, received the 2010 Reader Views Literary Award for humor.
Said one reviewer of his novel, 'Clubs Are Trumps- The Road From Plum Run, "it is beautifully written!' receiving a coveted 5 Star review by Readers Favorite Reviews, while Kenn Miller, author of Tiger, the Lurp Dog and Six Silent Men- Book III added, that it is 'one of the finest Civil War novels I have ever read!'
He lives in the Pacific Northwest.



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