Dear Mom & Dad,
Greetings once again from Vietnam. Here I am in
the field. I left Bien Hoa yesterday at 3:00 PM. We are still operating
around Phou Loa. Our tactics have changed a little. We are no longer acting as
blocking forces but we are on search and destroy
assaults. While I am in the field I have been assigned to HQ Platoon's 4-0 (Four Zero) track. Right now
there are only three guys on 4-0 s I am filling in as their left machine gunner. The machine gun is the
M-60 just in case you were wondering.
I will be out here a week then I will go back to the squadron trains area at Bien Hoa
for a week. This time, they decided to send two cooks out to the field instead of
just one so I have another cook with me. Dave is probably back at base camp by now.
He should be joining up with us pretty soon. I'm interested in hearing about
Hong Kong. He will also be coming out to the field shortly. I kind of like it
out here in the field. All of my buddies are out here and there isn't too much to do
back as Bien Hoa. We don't live all that bad out here and we are pretty secure.
In some cases, we are safer here in the field than base camp. We heard that last
night, base camp (Blackhorse) took over 100 20mm rocket hits. Luckily, there were
only three killed. So, one never knows over here. Since I have been here in
the field we have made only light contact with the enemy. We have seen plenty of
signs but very little of the VC.
There is a tremendous lull in the fighting here. Perhaps you have heard on the
news, they thing that the VC are trying to de-escalate. I think that they just have
had it. Something is going to happen soon.
I hope things are going well for you back in the world. The summer is almost
over. I imagine that you hate to see it go. I can't wait to se it go along
with fall, winter and spring. Oh well, my time will come. I must sign off now.
Things are going well and I'm have a good time. Ha, ha!
By for now!
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