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“Naturally I disagreed with Dale on Vietnam.”

September 28, 1968.  Fort Bragg, North Carolina Dearest Rita, I got two letters from you today which turned out to be three when I opened them.  So now I’ve got plenty of letters to answer. First of all, I got that letter of Dales today in the mail.  Do you want me to send it […]

October 12, 1969 – “I’ve learned to love the people of Vietnam.”

Sunday, October 12, 1969.  Camp Eagle, Vietnam.   Dearest Reet, I finally found someone who had a tape tonite, so I borrowed and raced back here to listen to it.  Then I found out that it only had one speed and you had used the other ones, so you sounded like Mickey Mouse.  After looking […]

July 28, 1969 – “Bad news, Kim extended for six months…”

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 […]

“My biggest problem is that I’m horny as hell,”

June 1, 1969.  Camp Evans, Vietnam. Dear Rita, Hi lover, how’s it going?  I’ll tell you know it’s going here — lousy.  My biggest problem is that I’m horny as hell, and I miss you something terrible.  Yes, I’d even go so far as to dig out a green towel if I had to.  You […]

“First time I ever saw the insides of a human being, and it had to be a friend of mine.”

May 25, 1969.  Camp Evans, Vietnam. Dearest Rita — I’m sorry about that last tape.  I hope you could understand some of it at least.  We put new batteries in now, so the next one should be okay. I’ve got some bad news about Clay.  He’s in the hospital.  We were on guard duty last […]

“I’m flying as a gunner now.”

May 15, 1969.  Camp Evans, Vietnam. Dearest Rita, I finally got two letters from you today after a lapse of about six days.  Lousy service.  But they were worth the wait.  Now I’ve got a lot of answering to do.  And I promise this is going to be a long one for a change. First […]

“We had to work tonight, and in the rain to boot.”

May 8, 1969.  Camp Evans, Vietnam. Dearest Rita, I guess it’s been a couple of days since I’ve written, and then it was a tape anyway.  Sorry about that, Reet, but I wasn’t feeling too good last night and went to bed early. I didn’t think I’d get a chance to write tonight either.  We […]

“He assured me I would be able to take my leave…”

December 17, 1968.  Fort Bragg, North Carolina. Hi Beautiful! I’m afraid this is going to have to be short again – I’ve got KP tomorrow so must get to bed early.  And I have to write the folks again – it’s been a week since my last one.  Should write Bob too, but he’s going […]

“Bob will be leaving for Lejeune a week from tomorrow.”

September 16, 1968.  Fort Bragg, North Carolina. Dearest Rita, I’m tired as heck right now but just had to write my love before I turn in.  It may not be too long though. I got a letter from Brenda, one from the folks and one from you today.  Of course yours was the first and […]

“Do you realize that tomorrow I’ll have been in the Army six months?”

July 18, 1968.  Fort Eustis, Newport News, Virginia Dearest Rita, Do you realize that tomorrow I’ll have been in the Army six months?  Really doesn’t seem that long in a lot of ways, yet seems like years in others.  But now I have only 2 1/2 years left.  Doesn’t really sound much shorter, does it? […]

“Bob and I talk about going back home all the time now.”

So this is the last letter before he enlists.  I’ve written my mother for information to fill in as much of the blank left between this letter and the next, which is written in February, five months later. Just so you know, the original title of this post was to be “Hey! There’s a fire […]

“The Monkeys are here in Denver tonight.”

Postmark August 19, 1967.  Denver, Colorado. Fri. afternoon Hi Fuzz – Hey, what’s the deal here?  You should be getting lots of letters – like one every other day at least.  I know I sent one Friday… or is that the one I took three days to write?  If it was I sent it Mon. […]

“Right now I stink so bad I can hear myself.”

So I’m going to have to start reading ahead.  You may notice that this is from the 17th when yesterday’s post was from the 18th.  Which means the 17th will be on the 19th and the 19th will be on the 20th and the 20th will be on the 21st… so we’re running a day […]

“Swiss cheese, soda crackers, and beer”

We just hit 33 for those of you playing at home. Turns out I was wrong twice, as his drawing goes with this letter.  I’m still not moving it, but we finally get to put that mystery to bed. Shell Scott stories were written by Richard Prather, and though my library doesn’t have them, you […]

“Quiet, gotta watch the Mickey Mouse show.”

Dad gets a little goofy in the middle of the first letter.  I have no idea who Mel is or why Mickey Mouse is even mentioned.  Seems to be 1/2 of an imaginary conversation.  Funny though.  FYI: Poncho means Pontiac. No Postmark. Written August 7, 1967.  Denver, Colorado. Monday, Aug 7th, eve. Hi Fuzz! Got […]