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Letters From Vietnam


                                                                                                                                                                                                  05 Feb 68  

Hi! Y'all,

So it's been a while. Seems Charles is getting a little more active around here then he use  to be. Like Hau Duc the 2nd of Jan. and Tam Key which I just left after spending 10 hectic days.

I was real sorry to hear they made you go to school on Sat. What is this world coming to?

I'm afraid those pictures were real. That's not tiredness you saw, it was fear. I've had an acute case of it lately.

I can legally bring one bolt action or single shot rifle home with me as a war souvenir. I'm going to attempt to get my SKS home one way or the other on the side. (I was unable to figure out a way to smuggle my SKS home and gave it to my good friend Doc Heffner who had been on the operation with me. Then, a couple of days before I DEROSed, the regulations were changed, but I did not have sufficient time to submit the paperwork.)

Next time I'm in Danang I'll get you a price on those cameras.

If I've said it once I've said it a million times. Keep civilians away from guns. Speaking of guns, if you see one


of those bumper stickers put out by the American Rifle Federation (I must have been referring to the NRA.) About                      the right to bear arms send me one.

We'll have to have that bash in the first week. Betty and I are planning on a trip up through the northern states. I still want to have some sort of party when I get home. Big and loud as possible with all kinds of American type people. Think about it. Come to think of it, I don't really care if I know the people.

I don't think I'll be using this address much longer. I put in a 1049 (request for personal action form) for transfer to the C&C detachment. (I was pulled into the C-Team in Da Nang but was offered the job as the company's CA (Civial Affairs) NCO (noncommisioned officer) which I took. It turned out to be a great gig, which I kept until I DEROSed (returned home). When I returned to Nam in 1969, I requested assignement to this detachment where I spent my second tour.)

Don't tell anyone but Christmas I received a bunch of presents from people in the states sent to any G.I. Well I sent thank you notes to the ones from whom got a gift.

I am now writing a 19-year-old girl in Texas (and her girlfriend) and a 17


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