Dear Mom & Dad,
Greetings once again from Vietnam. I hope that everything is alright with you.
Things here are great. They couldn't be better (in Vietnam, that is).
We are now at Bien Hoa. We got here the day before yesterday and as before, we are airlifting the chow out to the field. Right now, Dave and one of our new
cooks are out in the field. They come in Tuesday and then Quinn and I go out for a week. Then, two more of
our cooks go out.
We have six cooks - two in the filed and four back here. This means one week in
the field and two weeks at Bien Hoa. I have just figured it out and if everything
goes alright, I will have three more weeks of field duty. After the 11th of March, I
will not go out in the field but stay in the trains area. It is a troop policy that
anyone with 30 days or less will not go to the field. So, it looks as if my field
days are limited. This, of course, is only if everything goes according to our
present mission. If our mission changes and we have to go with the troop then I will
have no choice. From all indications, this mission is suppose to last well over 90
So far, on this operation, K Troop has lost two ACAVs
to mines. Fortunately, no one has been killed but one of my real good buddies was
seriously wounded. As of yet, the troop has not made any contact - only mines.
This has been the story of K Troop.
I received your letter, Ma of the 11th of January and you said that you have not
received a letter from me for some time. By the time you receive this letter you
should have about three letters and two packages. I realize that I did not write
during the AGI inspections but I was really quite busy. Your couldn't possibly
believe how busy I was. I was working almost around the clock getting only three and
four hours of sleep a night. Believe me, there are a lot of problems in being a Mess
Sargent and running a mess hall, especially in Vietnam.
We did all right as far as the AGI inspection went. I realize that you were
worried as a result of my not writing but please, try not to worry. If you do not
hear from me for any great length of time it's due to two things. One, I'm working
too hard and two, I'm in a place like Bien Hoa and I am enjoying myself too much - going
to the club, movies, downtown and so on. So please, don't worry about me. I am
fine and feeling great. If something should happen to me, like getting wounded, you
would receive word within 24 hours after I became a casualty. So, don't assume that
something has happened to me just because you don't hear from me for a few days.
Please bare with me in these final days here. Believe me, it is almost impossible
to write at times. Now that things are back to normal, I will write more often.
I have been receiving your letters regularly as well as everyone else's letters.
Keep them coming as I look forward to hearing from you.
Well, I think I will go down to the NCO club and
have a few drinks. So take care and I will write again soon.
By for now!
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