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Friday, August 29, 1969.  Camp Evans, Vietnam.


Hi Love,

I’ve got two letters from you to answer, but I’m afraid it won’t get done tonite.  I’ll start on them tho.

I’ve been working on my Algebra again tonite.  Started right after supper and just quit – it’s 9:30.  That’s the way it’s been for the last three nights, and I’m only about half done with the first lesson.  Never studied so hard in my life!

First off I guess you’d best apologize to Nancy for me about the mix up in names.  Must be your writing, huh?  That’s the best excuse I can think of at the time.

You’d best warn her that Kim may try to blow her mind with his letters.  He got a kick out of hers and wrote back the same nite he got it.  Just be sure she takes it with a grain of salt.

I know that no one else has much trouble getting R&R’s, but they’re not in our unit either.  If something’s going to get fouled up it will happen here.  But in our unit married people don’t get first shot at Hawaii.  They go by the date arrived in-country.  That’s why each month anyone who got here before me gets ahead of me on the list, even if it’s only two days.  I’ll agree that it doesn’t seem fair, but that’s the way it is.

Yes, there are pamphlets of China around – if you can get to a PX that has them.  Our PX doesn’t even have shoe polish.  We’re out in the sticks, Honey, and don’t have all this stuff available.  When I did get to a decent PX down at Vung Tau, they were out.  But I’ll keep trying.

You keep telling me to say hi to Clay for you, but I can’t.  I’m sure I told you (twice that I remember) that he was transferred to a unit at Phu Bai.  I stopped and saw him on any way to Vung Tau, and he came up here once.  That’s all I’ve seen of him for 2 months or more now.

You asked where Camp Eagle is.  Well, it’s near Phu Bai – does that tell you anything?  It’s south of Hue, maybe 15 miles (?) (not sure).  We’re maybe 15 miles northwest of Hue.  That’s about all I can tell you except that it’s a good sized place.  Evans is actually considered a fire base more than a camp.

It’s late so I am going to get to bed.  Wish I was going there with you to try some of your “hit and miss.”  It’s been a long time since we’ve been able to share each other that way.  But we will again, and when that day comes it will be worth it!

I love you Rita!


Lots of links to locations and terms in this one, just to jog your memory if you’ve forgotten.

Also, I don’t know what “hit and miss” means, but it sounds dirty.

Jeff and Rita on her 17th Birthday


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