Welcome to the Life and Times of SFC Michael G. Stahl, U.S. Army (Ret.) MORE FUN THAN FEAR

Letters From Vietnam


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Dear Duane,

You think you have "one of those days" now and again. I've had "one of those days" every day since I've gotten in country. Funny thing about having an idiot team leader. We've had two in a row now. This yo-yo leaves and about 50 days. Hope we do better than.

The 70mm is a recoilless rifle. Now you can tell that to all your friends and look really educated.

And now familiar with the patter of little longs.

When you see Betty, again, ask her about Allen. Whoever he is. I wonder if his middle name is Jody. ("Jody" was the generic name we used to refer toour girlfriends' and wives' boyfriends back home.)

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I thought it was kooli or something like that. Anyway, the little long ugly shy dude. (I have no idea what this sentence is about.)

Like I said before, get some of those eggheads up there interested in the hobby of the deep (that's with two E's).

Are you kidding me? I couldn't tell a misspelled word if it were my name.

Babes! It's going to be a long year!

You wouldn't believe what I just had to do. I was just sitting here minding my own business writing this letter and one of my agents came in with a mine he had found on one of the roads we use. (As the Intel Sgt., I oversaw a spy network in out AO (Area of Operation). Actually, my Vietnamese counterpart ran the network which was paid for by funds I dispursed. The “agent” would now be referred to as an “asset.”  Special Forces was big on “cross training.” In Nam, this was accomplished through OJT (on the job training).


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