You are currently browsing the daily archive for October 12, 2009.

May 28, 1969.  Camp Evans, Vietnam.

Hi Love,

I just got off work, ate chow and was ready to relax for a while when I was informed that I have to work all night too.  The night shift is shorthanded tonight, so guess who’s the lucky one.  Piss me off!  So now I’m here skipping the formation to write you a few lines.  It’s been a couple days since the last one.

I got paid today and found that I have $208 riding the books.  Maybe more — I’m not sure of their figuring.  I’m going to check on that tomorrow (I hope).  At any rate, I should have a pretty nice pile by the time R&R rolls around.   Are you going to have enough to get to Hawaii?

Tomorrow I hope to get those pictures I’ve been promising you.  I’ll send them right away.  I’ve got another batch of slides I’m sending to the folks too.

Clay is back.  They weren’t going to let them out for a while, but last night some guys smuggled him some clothes and he came down here for a couple of hours.  The doctor found out and decided if he wanted to do that he may as well release him.  He’s on light duty for at least a week though.

Get this — our weapons have been taken away.  We have to go check them out when we need them and turn them in afterwards.  And this is Vietnam!  Several things brought this on — for one the threats directed at our first Sergeant.  For another, several guys have pulled guns on someone they were mad at.  Like the other night in a poker game a guy drew a revolver on the other players and chased them out of the hooch.  The 1st pig came running up but when he saw what was going on he turned tail and ran.  Finally the CO came and took it away from him at gunpoint.  Real cool.  That’s about the fifth or sixth incident like that since we’ve been here.  Still, it would be nice to have a weapon if Charlie comes running through here.

Enough of what’s happening here.  I’ll answer the last couple of letters I’ve received from you.  The thing you’ve been talking about most is the puppies.  Well, congrats, grandma.  Now what are you going to do with them?  Hope you don’t have any trouble giving them away.  No, I don’t mind getting a couple pictures of the pups, but it better not be before I get one of you in your négligée!

Thanks for the clippings hon.  I was really interested in the one of Petey.  She’s really a cool kid.  It sounds as if that Whip to White bit was kind of a dud.  Most have been if they couldn’t drink up 900 cases of beer.  That’s chicken feed.  Maybe it was because they didn’t have Wakeman there.  But what was the bit with Art B.?  Just something you tossed in?  I couldn’t see any reason for it, but it was funny.

When his graduation at the college?  I just realized this week that Jeannie A. will be graduating.  Since I can’t get a card I’d like to get a letter off to her if I can find time.  Don’t know if I will or not.

This is Thursday now.  I worked until 5:00 this morning, so I got the day off.  I am going to the PX today, if I can remember how to get over there.

Okay, I’m back.  I did make it to the PX and got everything I need.  In fact, I bought you a birthday present too.  I’m going to send it as soon as I find a box, since I don’t know how long it will take to get there.  But you can’t open it until your birthday.  Don’t even open the package, since I have no way to get any wrapping paper over here, okay?  Just let it sit and build up your curiosity.

Must get ready for guard duty now.  I’ll write again as soon as I can.  I love you Rita,

All My Love,


Jeff and Rita on her 17th Birthday


How it all works

We publish every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday.
For a quick rundown of the family, start by reading this post
Make sure you read the comments. People who are mentioned in the letters will sometimes expand on whatever is being discussed in the posts.


If you spot an error, broken link, or have a suggestion, please feel free to leave a comment.


You can always get back to this blog, no matter where it's parked, by heading to
October 2009