I’ll be 20

Dear Mom & Dad,

Well it’s getting close to the day when I’ll be 20 it’s kind of hard to believe it don’t seem possible. I got a few cards from Thompson, Justin, Sterling, Bert & Ruth, and Bertrand. Justin sent me a dollar which is not good over here because we only use MPC (military payment certificate) but I was able to get rid of it by selling it to a guy that was going on R&R.

I am sending you a news clipping of a paper that we receive out in the field called the Stars and Stripes. The company that they are talking about is our company but I wasn’t there at the time. I was in the hospital at Qui Nhon they thought I had appendicitis but I didn’t, they didn’t know what I had. Today I went to the dentist because I had a tooth that was giving me some trouble. When I told him I had a tooth on the right side that was giving me trouble he had a look and said a tooth you’ve got two that are rotten so he pulled the rear one and the one in front of that. He sure did a good job and I didn’t feel a thing but it kind of hurts now. This makes the 10th day that I’ve been out of the field but tomorrow I go back.

Well I think I close with a big thank you for all the pkgs you send the radio 104 popcorn, shake-a-pudding, candy and all especially for the letters they mean so much over here. Lately I’ve been homesick because I guess in the rear you have more time to think of home.

Tell all hello.

Letter home dated 21 September 1967 (postmarked 24 September 1967)