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

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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

3 Aug 1967

Dear Mom and Dad,

Well I am sorry I haven’t written before but we’ve all been so tired.  They have had us marching day and night for some time without hardly any rest so every time I’ve had a chance I’ve just slept. Well now they’ve got us guarding a Engs. which they tear down villages in An Lao Vally.  That’s an easy job because all you do each time they go to a village is surround it and protect them while they work.  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