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July 28, 1969.  Camp Evans, Vietnam.


Dear Rita,

Bad news, Kim extended for six months to get a transfer to a medivac unit, and to get a five month early out.  He submitted his papers today.  It will be a month or so before he finds out if it’s approved or not, but we’re all hoping it won’t be.  Several of us told him we would extend if he did to scare him out of it cause he doesn’t want me to, but I guess it didn’t help.  We’re still giving him a hard time about it, but it’s out of his hands now.

You said something about Kim’s wedding when we got back.  Well, that’s off now.  Things have changed and he has his ring back.  I think that had something to do with his extending.

In a letter I got from you last nite you told me about scratching the Buick.  I’m sorry to hear it, but those things happen.  But then you sounded like you expected me to scream and holler about it or bawl you out.  What makes you think that, Honey?  I’m not that big a grouch, am I?  You sure made it sound that way.

One question about it tho; How did the cops know about it if you didn’t and the other driver wasn’t there?  I couldn’t figure that one out.

I’m sitting here munching crackers from your package.  I got that last nite too.  Really makes a good snack.  Thanks a lot Reet.

So you had a pretty good birthday, huh?  I’m going to have to write and thank Brian for taking you out.  I’m glad he’ll do something like that – it means a lot to me and I know it does to you too.

I can’t wait to see you in those PJ’s, especially the shorty outfit.  Of course I’m not guaranteeing how long you have it on, but…

Mom said she’d send the picture of you in the Vietnamese outfit when they get it back.  I’m looking forward to that.  I look forward to any pictures of you.

You mentioned that you may just take ten credits in school this fall.  I’ll leave that decision up to you Rita.  Just remember that money isn’t everything, and money spent on your schooling will be well worth it. If we do anything to save money it should be canceling R&R, and we won’t do that if we can help it.

Now you seem to have misinterpreted what I said about having children.  Honey, I want them as soon as we possibly can.  We won’t know until after I’m out of the service when that will be, but we definitely won’t wait until I’m out of college.  On the other hand, we’re both still young and have plenty of time.  This is something I’ll have to work out together.  (I guess there’s not much we can do about it now, is there?)

Speaking of babies, we’ve had a few around here.  What I mean is that a few guys here have become fathers.  Our medic had a boy, a friend of mine named Dale B. had a girl, and my team leader, Larry R., had a girl.  So I’ve started smoking cigars.  Dave D.’s baby is due any day now.  Got a bunch of excited Papas around here.

It’s getting about time to get ready for work.  Working nites and there’s a full moon now – beautiful!  Sure makes me miss you Rita.

I love you Reet.  Only 236 days and I’ll be with you for good.  Then we can really begin our life together, like it should be.  I love you!

Your Love Is My Life,


Jeff and Rita on her 17th Birthday


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