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
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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