3 Aug 1967

Dear Mom and Dad,

Well I am sorry I haven’t written before but we’ve all been so tired.  They have had us marching day and night for some time without hardly any rest so every time I’ve had a chance I’ve just slept. Well now they’ve got us guarding a Engs. which they tear down villages in An Lao Vally.  That’s an easy job because all you do each time they go to a village is surround it and protect them while they work.  You’re just sitting most of the time.  In An Lao Valley it is an open valley, anything that isn’t wearing OD green you can shoot because then it’s Charlie.

I was wondering if you could send me shake-a-pudding, it’s real good all you do is add water & shake.  I’ve seen some guys over here with them.

About them towels you sent, yes I like them because lots of time you aren’t able to wash and they help to get some of the dirt off.

I’ve almost got those two rolls of film taken. I sent one in this letter and one in another. I sure hope you get them, they aren’t real good pictures but I was in a hurry to get them sent back to you.  Later I am going to try to get only good shots.

I sure hated to hear Randy and Pat were done with the Army. It sure makes me feel like I have a long way to go but I am sure glad for them.  Randy never did come to Nam, he sure lucked out.

For the last few days I’ve been dreaming of warm apple pie with ice cream and a glass of milk (ice-cold). I’d give anything for that.  I never thought I’d miss milk so much in my life. I am sure going to drink a lot of it on R&R.  That’s what I am looking forward to now, after that it will be home; one thing at a time.