K Troop 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment

The Blackhorse In Vietnam 1966 - 1972

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Monday, January 20, 1969
81 Days

Dear Mom & Dad,

Greetings once again from Vietnam.  Well, I hope by now you have been getting my mail alright.  So far, I have not received word from you that you have.  There is, I suppose, a chance that my letters to you are being delayed as your letters to me were delayed.  I don't think that this is the case, however.  By now, you should have received several letters, two packages and one tape.

Right now I am at Bien Hoa.  Tomorrow I go out to the field for one week.   Dave is out there now and he will be coming in tomorrow.  When we first came on this mission I was not going to the field, however I talked our Mess Sargent into letting me go out.  I don't really mind it out in the field and it makes the time go so much faster.  Besides, I have gone to Bien How three consecutive nights now and I have just about run out of money.  If it were not for going out to the field I would spend all of my money in about a week.

The night before last, we went down to Barney's place at Bien Hoa to a party and had a real nice time.  Free booze and eats and I stayed the night at a girl's house that I met there.  So, we really had a great time.  Barney has really got a good job there.  He asked me if I would extend for six months to get re-assigned there as he said he needed a First Cook.  I told him I would think about it but I don't think that I will extend, though.  I have seen too many guys come back off leave who wished that they had never extended.  Once they get back to the world it's hard to get them to come back here.  No, I will finish my time here and then do the rest of my time in the states.

I like it here and I would probably love it in Bien Hoa but I think that once I got home it would be too hard for me to come back.  Vietnam isn't too bad and these past nine months have been OK.  I've no regrets about volunteering to come here.  I have learned a lot and had many wonderful experiences but home is where I belong.   (editor's note:  the next three sentences have been redacted for privacy).

This war is close to coming to an end.  We can see it here.  This war is on it's last legs.  There are many people here who are wondering what they will do after this war ends.  The war is the only thing that is keeping the country together.   If the war ends there are going to be a lot of people out of work.  (editor's note:  the next three sentences are redacted for privacy).

Well, so much for the war.  I have to get back to work.  The next letter from me will come straight from the boondocks of Vietnam.

By for now!


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