K Troop 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment

The Blackhorse In Vietnam 1966 - 1972

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Friday, March 28, 1969
12 days - "short"

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 Battalion.

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 cheaper.

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 get there.

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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