Dear Mom & Dad,
Greetings once again from Vietnam. It's Sunday morning here and things are quiet.
Of course, we are still here at Bien Hoa.
Tet starts today. All the Vietnamese have four days off so we are without KPs.
The PX is closed for four days along with the club. So, things are really going to
be quiet here for the next four days.
Did I tell you that I saw Phil Orlando. He's the guy in B Troop. He said
that you sent him a Christmas card. He also knew that I was here but this is the
first time we have been at the same location at the same time. B Troop was moved
here at Bien Hoa for Tet. They are suppose to provide us with security in case of an
offensive. Phil is also a cook. He was in the line platoon for six months and
then they made him a cook. He goes home in May. He's not quite as short as me.
It was good to see him and to talk to somebody from home. He has changed a
lot since I saw him last back at high school. Then of course, I guess we all have
changed. He has a mustache. So I guess that makes a difference.
I received a letter from the Pacific Exchange Service and my order for my T.V., radio,
etc. has been filled and is on it's way to you. It should get there in about 30
days, so let me know as soon as it arrives.
As of yet, I don't have any orders. I guess it's a little to early. I am
kind of anxious to see where I will be going. I most likely will get a 30 day leave
and believe me, I can't wait to take it.
The weather here lately has been great - blue skies everyday with temperatures in the
90s. Just the way I like it. Really, this weather is nice. I will
probably freeze my ass off when I get home. That's why I want to spend at least the
first two weeks in Florida so I can gradually get accustomed to the weather back there.
Florida should be nice in April.
Boy, will it be great to go to the beach again. The only swimming I have done
here was at the 56th Artillery Base and that wasn't
much. It will be great to get back to wearing civilian clothes again and get out of
these jungle fatigues and jungle boots. This has been a long war for me.
Anyway, it's hard to believe that it is almost over. I have seen a lot of things
here in the past 10 months - things that you wouldn't believe, things that you couldn't
It's almost funny when I look at this country and see the things that go on around
here. Boy, will I have a lot of war stories to tell you when I get home. Of
course, none of them will be true. Ha, ha.
Dave wants to say hello and be reminded to
you. When Dave and I get back to the world we are really going to raise hell so warn
the world to look out for us because we are "bad".
Well, so long and take care.
By for now!
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