Fire calms the cherries Feigning bravado
A cherry is a soldier on his first mission in combat. We only operated behind enemy lines. Our casualty rate was 165% We spent 300 days a year in combat fighting 50-80 to 1 odds
Fright in all shapes Second guess threats
There were tigers, leopards, panthers, and bears, oh my. It was their home, not ours.
Each step a gamble Play jungle roulette
There were 5 types of cobras. And a snake we called the "two-step". If you were bitten you only lived for two more steps
fear in the water terror on the land
There were crocodiles, leeches, and the world's only poisonous freshwater snake. Mosquitoes carried malaria and dengue fever. The water itself had choler and amebic dysentary
it all will kill you dread is palpable
The starlight scope came late to the jungle. It spotted things you didn't want to see.
We dressed for the dance Would this make us brave?
We had silencesr, special rifles and pistols. We carried 20lbs of explosives and grenades. We carried 500 round of ammunition a piece.
Many ways to die How do you survive?
The enemy attacked at night. We wore green they wore black neither one is coming back
One man with no fear He stalks the danger
The sergeant could see well at night. He was afraid of nothing. He exuded confidence. It calmed the men. Most people with ADHD do not feel fear.
He was in the night The night was in him
The sergeant knew how to move silently and taught the others. He never tripped on "tanglefoot" vine or snapped a twig.
Cunning and daring He led with swagger
Leadership builds confidence. Training is part of leadership. Training saves lives. Repetition until it is second nature. Don't think, survive.
All know the mission To come back alive.
The only thing that matters is staying alive. A good leader keeps his men to return home to their families and future.