Tell All Hello: Letter Home 09/1967

Dear Mom and Dad,

Well it’s getting close to the day when I’ll be 20. It’s kind of hard to believe; it don’t seem possible. I got a few cards. Justin sent me a dollar which is not good over here because we only use MPC (Military Payment Certificate) but I was able to get rid of it by selling it to a guy that was going on R&R.

I am sending you a news clipping out of a paper that we receive out in the field called The Stars and Stripes. The Company that they are talking about is our Company but I wasn’t there at the time. Continue reading

The GI in Vietnam

Feeling in Vietnam is that most back home, including lawmakers, do not understand or accept the truth that the conflict in Vietnam is war.  That the bulk of America considers Southeast Asia with confusion and mild contempt.

A soldier returning home from Vietnam will find that people can’t yet point the country out on a map, can’t guess the number of weekly casualties, can’t figure out who the enemy is, and can’t understand what it’s all about except they guess freedom is involved. Continue reading