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June 3, 1968.  Fort Eustis, Newport News, Virginia.

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1:00PM

Hi Beautiful,

This is going to have to be quick, because I’ve got to write my folks.  It’s been quite awhile since they heard from me, I’m afraid.

Yesterday another fellow and I hitchhiked to Buckroe Beach, and I promptly stretched out and slept all afternoon.  I’m really working on that tan.

How’d the job hunting go?  Hope you found something you’ll like.  But don’t give up if you don’t find right away.  Sometimes it takes a little looking.

I’ve got one guy in my squad who’s getting recycled because he was in the hospital with mono.  He got out today and gets a seven-day medical leave.  Lucky dog.  Another guy just got back from DC, where somebody rolled him.  He lost 65 bucks in that deal.

Gotta go honey.  Always remember how much I love you Rita.  So long for now.

Love you!

Jeff

Today is the first day he starts writing on army stationary.  The next dozen or so letters use this paper.

Ethan

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Jeff and Rita on her 17th Birthday

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