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Acceptable Loss: An Infantry Soldier's Perspective Mass Market Paperback – September 23, 1991


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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Ivy Books; Reprint edition (September 23, 1991)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0804107920
  • ISBN-13: 978-0804107921
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 0.7 x 6.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (98 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #68,171 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From the Inside Flap

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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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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Kregg Jorgenson does an excellent job of describing what it felt like to be in combat in Vietnam.
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I read the book very quickly because I was unable to put it down.
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82 of 84 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 31, 2001
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 By gary a linderer on August 3, 2000
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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 By A Customer on September 18, 1999
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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 By A Customer on June 27, 2001
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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 By Bo Hermansen on October 7, 2002
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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 By P. Kelley on May 18, 2000
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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 By Glen Senkowski on July 11, 2000
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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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