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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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

A Walk on Part in a War

A favorite article of mine:

VC Upset When Sp4 Drops in For Lunch

Landing Zone Betty (1st CAV-10)

An American soldier recently dropped in on a Viet Cong platoon for lunch and no one observed proper table manners.

The man who came to dinner was Sp4 Dennis Cole of the 1st Cavalry Division’s 2nd Battalion, 7th Cavalry.

Cole was point man for his platoon on a search and destroy mission two miles west of Continue reading