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October 1, 1968.  Fort Bragg, North Carolina.


Hi Beautiful!

This is going to have to be short, but I wanted to get this money off to you before I spend it.  I’ve already spent more than I should have, but right after payday there is always a lot to get, and after being broke for so long it’s good to be able to sit down in a restaurant and eat for a change.  But it’s expensive — at least in comparison to what I make.

I want you to take twenty of this to Wink’s.  The other thirty I want you to keep for me in case I need it later.  I thought maybe you’d like to open an account in both our names — how does that sound?  If you do that I’ll do my damnedest not to touch it unless it’s really necessary.  But you do what you think best, okay?

I’m thinking about buying a camera — a guy I know has a Polaroid for sale.  It’s a fifty dollar camera and he’s asking thirty five.  I really don’t want to spend that much, but I would really like to get a camera and it may as well be a good one.  It’s liable to leave me broke in the middle of the month though.

I’m sorry I haven’t been writing as often as I’d like, but I’ve been pretty busy lately.  On the few times I am back to the barracks early I’m too tired to do anything but go to bed.  I was actually supposed to work tonight too, but I talked an officer into letting me off.  I’m definitely going to bed early for a change.

Hear something I’ve meant to tell you for a long time now, but keep forgetting.  My hair is real long now — longer than before I came in, I think.  If I buy that camera I’ll send you a picture.  It’s actually getting to be a bother.  I think I’ll get it all cut off again.

Hon, I’m going to cut this short now.  I’ve got to try to get a quick note off to the folks tonight too, as well a shower and get ready for tomorrow.  Wish I could get a real long letter off to you, and I will, soon.  That’s a promise.  Then I’ll tell you how much I love you and want to be near you.  Until then, keep writing.  A letter makes my day for me.  So long Reet,

All my love,

Jeff


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