Long Range Patrol in A Shau Valley

Explosion in AShau Valley, VietnamDear Mom and Dad,

Well I just finished eating chow. We had roast beef, shoe string potatoes, pickles, olives, lettuce, bread and cold kool-aid. It was real good.

Well yesterday I received package no 3 and the malted milk balls and nuts sure went fast. The mail has just come in off the copter I sure can’t wait to see if I have any mail.

We are just sitting here on our bunker, two of us, writing letters and the others just thinking. Continue reading

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R&R and fishing trips

Vietnam soldier by bunkerDear Mom and Dad,

Not much news but I thought I’d drop you a line to tell you everything is fine.

Well I made machine gunner for sure now, that’s all right with me. I sure lucked out for one thing in order to be gunner you start out as ammo bearer then asst gunner then gunner. As gunner you don’t have to dig fox holes or go on details instead you send one of the other two men. Continue reading

Machine gunner at LZ Geronimo

On patrol Vietnam countrysideDear Mom and Dad,

Well here we are at LZ Geronimo (that famous Indian) we came here from LZ English and I think that we will be staying here for about a week because we are getting a new captain. That’s a good thing.

(He spends part of the letter frustrated by loved ones at home who don’t take the time to write to him) If she thinks she has trouble finding time she should be over here, walk up and down mountains all day; dig a foxhole; set up a tent; eat. Continue reading