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Grandma’s birthday is the 6th,  not the 4th.

Saturday, March 2, 1968. Fort Eustis, Newport News, Virginia

Hi R. –

We’re having a big song fest tonight.  Finally got a little free time — like the whole night off!  We really don’t know what to do with ourselves so we’re singing and writing.  Really having a blast.  It’s a good thing too, because some of the guys were getting kind of irritable.  I’m surprised there haven’t been any fights.  Not that things are so bad, just that after so long they get on one another’s nerves.  Not tonight though.

We even got to call home tonight.  Sure wish I could call you, but it will be 11:00 there when we get the phone and we have to call collect, so I guess I can’t.  We don’t even know when we’ll get to phone again so you could be there.

Well, I just tried phoning and didn’t get an answer.  I just remembered that mom said in her letter they’d probably be at my grandparents today, so they’re probably not home yet.  If I get a chance I’ll try later.

Sure wish I’d get a letter from you.  Every day I wait for it and it never comes.  I know you’ve sent one by now, so I can’t figure out what the deal is.  I’ll probably get a stack of mile high when they finally figure out where I am.  I hope most of it’s from you.

Mom’s birthday is coming up, but I hate to admit it, I’m not sure when.  I think it’s the fourth.  Anyway I picked up a card (actually it’s a book of poems) and I’m sending them tonight.  Ask her to let you see them sometime, maybe you’ll like some of them.

I hope you’re going out to my place once in a while.  If not, make Dex take you there once in a while.  Just don’t let him get too fresh with you.  I’ll bet he’ll try!

Honey, I love you.  When I have a little time like this to think about you, I just about go nuts.  Although I enjoy the Army I sure wish I had got back in school.  Then I could be near you.  That’s all I want.  Someday…

There’s a couple of guys talking about their wives now.  One of them has been married just over a month.  The other just found out his wife is pregnant.  He’s not too happy about that.  He figures he’ll be at Vietnam by then.  I can’t say I blame him.

I just talked to the folks.  Like I figured they had just returned from the grandparents.  I know now why I haven’t been getting any mail, so I’m going to try to trace it through the “C” Co. tomorrow.  Remember, I’m in “E” Co., okay?  Okay!

Mom talked about you, and said if I ever knew when I could call she’d make sure you were there.  She really likes you, and I’m glad.  You’re going to be around for a long, long time.

I got to hit the sack now.  I’m writing by flashlight now.  My bunk’s real cold.  Wish you were here to warm it up.  Better yet, I wish I were there.  At any rate, I want to be with you.  Real bad.  I love you honey.  I guess that says it all.  Good night, R.

Love you always,


Jeff and Rita on her 17th Birthday


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