Dear Mom & Dad,
Greetings one again from Vietnam. This will be a short note to let you know that
things are alright and going good. I am, at the moment, at Bien Hoa. I will be
going back to the field in about two weeks for a week. I only have two more times
left in the field, providing that we stay on this operation.
Tet is coming in a few more days and we expect to get hit pretty hard here. We
are starting to brace ourselves for the expected offensive. Last year, Bien Hoa got
hit pretty hard so we can only wait and see what Tet will bring this year.
I am glad that you received my books and tape. I got the slides I took Christmas day at base camp back today. They came
out good. As of yet, I have not received the new Playboy. I'm anxious to see
it. I guess you are not through with it yet, Dad?
Again, last night, I went to down to *Barney's. I had a good time. Since
Barney has left Blackhorse he is a changed man. I guess he's a pretty good guy if
you don't have to work with him or for him. We had steak and french fries.
Real nice. Believe me, this is the only way to fight a war - from a bar stool.
But really, things are going good and I'm feeling great. So I will see you in 68
By for now!
* Barney is Specialist 6 Barnes who was K
Troop's first cook and at times, acting mess sergeant. In the photo link, Barney is
far right pointing at the cameraman. Barney was from England, having served in the
British Army before coming to the US. I don't remember him being from England but
several people, one of whom is Tom McConnell,
have written to tell me that Barney was indeed from England.
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