August 1967 Letter Home

Dear Mom & Dad,

Well my writing has sure slowed down a lot and I am sorry but I haven’t felt much like writing.

Yesterday 4 choppers came and picked up our platoon from a rice paddy. I was on ship #4 so I asked one of the door gunners on the ship if he knew Lenny Hudson and he said he was on one of the ships so I started to look around and I saw him on #3. When we landed at the LZ I ran over to his ship, Continue reading

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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

Blocking Force

Dear Mom and Dad,

Well it sure is a hot day here today.  We are building some shade out of sticks and palm leaves.  We have been a blocking force for the last two days so that when you (the company) set up in a straight line and another company goes to the top of the mountain and walks toward you, forcing all VC between us to fight.  We haven’t seen anything yet. Continue reading

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