Dear Mom & Dad,
Greetings once again from Vietnam. Well, here it is another day and another day
shorter. I have been having more time lately to myself so I though that I would try
and write as often as I can. As I told you yesterday, I am no longer going to the
field so this means that I am no longer working. Nothing has changed any since I
wrote yesterday. I doubt if anything will. So, I guess it is safe for you to
be looking for me on the 9th. By the time you get this letter I will not doubt be at
Blackhorse finishing my processing and getting ready to go to the 90th Replacement
I understand my flight is on Seaboard Airlines. I have seen many of their jets
come in here at Bien Hoa. It really doesn't make a whole hell of a lot of difference
which airlines I get. Several letters ago I asked for $100. Now that I know
that I am going to Ft. Dix I may not need the money. You no doubt have already sent
it. This is alright for I will find some use for it. In any event, it is best
to be on the safe side. It should only cost me about $22 to fly from Newark to
Boston and that is full fare. If I fly military stand-by it will probably be
I am not sending any hold baggage as I did from Germany. Anything that I can not
carry with me I will leave here. I don't really have that much, anyway. I
should be able to carry most of what I have with me. I am going to the PX here at II
Field Forces in a couple of days and get a suitcase. I don't have anything that I
can carry with me at the present time.
There is a new policy now that when rotating from Vietnam to the states you are not
required to wear khakis but must wear jungle fatigues. The reason for this, from
what I understand, is that khakis are hot and uncomfortable and they feel that jungle
fatigues would be more comfortable on the return flight to the states. Also, some of
the guys have difficulty in getting khaki properly cleaned and pressed for wearing home so
they changed the clothing regulation. So I will be wearing jungle fatigues instead
of khakis to the world.
When I get to Ft. Dix I will get my new set of summer greens and probably some new
state-side fatigues. I understand that processing takes anywhere from 10 to 12 hours
at Ft. Dix. I don't see how this is possible. When I came back from Germany it
only took about 45 minutes but I understand that there is a lot that has to be taken care
of when a guy gets back from Vietnam. This is something that I won't know until I
I am going to cut this short as there is not too much more I can tell you.
Everything is fine with me - just waiting for my turn now, that's all. So, take care
and I will see you real soon.
By for now!
your short son, Bob
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