K Troop 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment

The Blackhorse In Vietnam 1966 - 1972

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Saturday, October 12, 1968

Dear Mom & Dad,

Greetings once again from Vietnam.  I am writing this letter from Tan Son Nhut.   I will be going in to Blackhorse in two days - probably, Tuesday.  My R&R is next Friday.  I leave Camp Alpha at about 10:00 AM on the 18th and will arrive in Bangkok in one hour and 30 minutes.  Every day here is longer and longer.  I can hardly wait.  The way things are going here I will welcome the change.

Everybody here is on edge and of course there is Barney.  He is suppose to leave the 20th of this month so we should be getting a new Mess Sargent.  I'll tell you that I am so fed up with this place and the damn Army that my R&R can't get here soon enough.  It will really be great to live like a civilian again even though it is only for five days.

You know, I haven't had a pair of civilian clothes on in over six months and I haven't eaten a civilian meal in over six month either.  Speaking of six months, today marks my first six months in Vietnam.  I have exactly 181 days and a wakeup today.  As of today, I have more days in country than I have left.  It won't be long now that I will be under 100 days.  That's my next goal.

I have just about got everything ready for R&R.  The only thing that I will have to do when I get to Blackhorse is have my khakis pressed.  I'm not even sure that I have khakis back there.  From what we heard here, somebody broke into a whole lot of foot lockers one night and stole quite a few things.  So, for all that I know, I might not have anything back there but this will not hold up my R&R.  I will be able to get khakis and shoes from the supply room back there.

As far as my finances go, I have about $230 and I will see if I can't get a partial pay back at Blackhorse.  So, just about everything is in order and I am just counting the hours.

Well, there is not too much more left to say.  Things are going well as far as the war goes - pretty quiet.  Not too much going on for us.  No combat operations, lately.  So, until I write again, take care and stay well.

By for now!


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