June 22, 1969.  Camp Evans, Vietnam.


Dear Rita,

I will now try to make up for not writing much this last week.  I’ve got all day so I’ll try to make it good.

Here’s something that is a big deal for us and I’ve never mentioned it before — we are getting a hangar built.  It’s real nice, big enough for six aircraft with room to spare.  It should be done in a couple of weeks.  Up to now we’ve had a tent hangar that could only hold one ship and even that was crowded.  The rest of the work we did out on the flight line.

Guess that’s all to tell you about what’s going on here.  It’s been a dull but busy week, if that makes any sense.  Oh, it’s Gene W.’s birthday today, so Kim, Dave and I went to the gook shop and bought him a lawn chair.  We sang to him when we gave him the gift.  It was really touching.

I decided not to go to the beach today.  I have a ball there, but a full day is too much, and the flights back don’t start until late in the afternoon.  Besides, I wanted to go to church today, and all flights out go before church.  So I’ll just relax and enjoy doing nothing today.

Now onto your last couple of letters.  Since you finally have some flash bulbs I’ll expect some pictures before long, right?  And don’t take forever to finish the roll, just take a whole roll of yourself and get them developed.  I’ll take them all.

You sound pretty serious about this weight bit.  You asked me not to ask how much you’ve gained, so I won’t — but I am curious.  If it does get too bad, go to a doctor like you said you would.  Still, if I know you, it’s not as bad as it sounds.

I’ve been thinking for a long time that I should write the Sizemore’s and Duane & Judy.  But like so many other things, I never get around to it.  Be sure to let me know what they have to say.

No, I didn’t have much choice of gifts over here.  As I said in one of my last letters, the PX facilities we have here are quite limited.  If I can get a hold of a PX order catalog, I should be able to do a little better, but they’re hard to find.  You can start looking for your china around Christmas or for our anniversary.  But you will get some, I promise you that.  Send the patterns you like, so I get some idea of what to get.  I don’t know a thing about it myself.

Oh yeah, here’s something Colonel Henderson, our battalion CO told us the other day — C Battery he has the most kills, the most flying hours, and the largest percentage of ships available of any battery in our battalion, and we’ve been here the shortest time.  Not bad, huh?

I’m down to 274 days left Reet.  Quite a bit better than what I started out with.  Only it won’t go fast enough for me.  If I could be with you tomorrow it wouldn’t be soon enough.  Really though, R&R isn’t that far away — 4 months or less and I’m looking forward to that more and more each day.  It will be a ball.

I’m going to close now and write the folks.  The last letter I wrote them I told them I was going out to Currahee in the A Shau. They’re (mom anyway) is probably worried sick about not hearing from me since.

Don’t worry about not being able to write me as much as you used to.  With school and work I’m surprised I get as many as I do.  I’m looking forward to the tape you said you were going to make — I imagine it’s on the way by now.

Remember that I love you Rita.  I’m sending the 13th card with this letter — one fourth of the way through the deck.  Before you know it ace of spades will be coming, and I’ll be with it.  I love you!

Forever,

Jeff