Bats in the foxhole

Vietnamese villagersDear Dad & Mom,

I don’t know how long this letter will be.  You will hear that in almost every letter I write, but I’ll write as much as I can.

Yesterday we secured a village while the South Vietnam Police went through it. We then made a CA on top of a mountain we set up at the same place that we made the CA. This morning the third platoon came down the mountain (that’s the platoon I’m in) we are now setting up security for the 2nd platoon, which will be coming in on copters from their 24 hours at LZ English. Continue reading

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In-country

For the last 2 or 3 days we have been by the South China Sea. Swimming in the afternoons; had it really easy.  This morning they airlifted us by copters to LZ English (I don’t know where that is). Tonight or tomorrow morning we are going to make a CA (combat attack by copters). I hope it’s tomorrow.  I don’t like to make them but if I do I’d rather do it by day. Continue reading

Coffee, Cold Water and Air Assaults

Hi Mom and Dad

This letter is going to be dirty because it’s been over a week since I’ve washed. We get three canteens of water each night and that has to last us until the next day unless we run into a creek but they’re few and far between.  Over here you could use up 3 canteens of water in just one morning and to top it off the water that they give you is hot and it gets hotter as the day goes. In our C rations we have coffee and cocoa. Continue reading

Bong Song and Staying Clean

June 17, 1967

Hi Dad & Mom

Well they told us today that we would be moving to the Bong Song Plains or Bong Song mountains, which one I don’t know yet.  We’ll move out no doubt in the morning tomorrow by copters.

I just came back from a village where we bought some cokes for 40 cents a piece. That cheap, they were 50 cents must be a Saturday sale.  I then went and ate dinner and in the chow line a guy said that it would be the day after tomorrow, so who knows what will happen.  You can’t believe Continue reading