My dad brought back his C-rations and each packet still contains its original contents. Matches Package reads: These matches are designed especially for damp climates. But, they will not light when wet, or after long exposure (several weeks) to very damp air. D.D. Bean & Sons, Jaffrey, NH
The C-ration packet below has the following words imprinted on it: Accessory Packet: Cigarettes; Matches; Chewing Gum; Continue reading
My dad got married in 1966 hoping that it would help him avoid the war, obviously it didn’t. I don’t know anything about this marriage except that both were young. I never asked if it was a marriage of convenience or one of true love so while I’ve been going through his letters home I started to take note of the times my dad mentioned his wife.
To provide a little more context: He was drafted in April 1966, married October 1966, and reported for duty January 1967. He was in-country June 1967-June 1968.
Letter home 1 June 1967
Well today got 2 letters from my wife, didn’t get any yesterday. I maybe shouldn’t say anything about this but I’ve got to tell someone it has to do with my wife. It started in AIT when I didn’t write her for about a month-well I hurt her very badly. She was so cold to me almost the whole time I was home because I hurt her so bad. She said something to me about getting a separation. I keep wondering if she only writes me because Continue reading
Here is a Christmas card the soldiers were issued that they used to send home to friends, family, and, in this case, a friend’s family:
The preprinted portion inside the card reads: May the Peace and Happiness of Christmas be yours today and throughout the New Year from The First Team.
For more on Christmas in Vietnam:
Please watch the following youtube video which is a collection of photos captured by American soldiers who served in Vietnam and depicts how they celebrated the season: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aX-OWGxuIwM
And of course Bob Hope’s 1967 USO Christmas Special from Saigon: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SzOsLRT7d5c
Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!