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June 7th, 1969.  Camp Evans, Vietnam.

The first song is a parody of “Working in a Coal Mine,” by Lee Dorsey

The second is the Colonel Bogey March.

The third I don’t recognize.  Anyone?


May 9, 1969.  Camp Evans, Vietnam.


May 5, 1969.  Camp Evans, Vietnam.

May 1, 1969.  Camp Evans, Vietnam.

24min 12sec

I remember dad getting malted milk balls every time we went to the movies, and somehow over the years I picked up a similar habit.  I still horde them every Easter when I get a chance.


April 9, 1969.  Camp Evans, Vietnam.


13min 57 sec

As I’ve been posting these I’ve been splicing together both sides of the tape into one file so you can listen to a whole tape at a time.

This tape was about 11 minutes on either side, totalling about 22 minutes. But something happened with this one.  At about 3 minutes in he says “Time for a pause here I believe,” at which point it goes quiet.

And says quiet.

For 8 minutes.

I’m guessing the mic wasn’t picking up audio or came unplugged or he muted it or something.  Either way I’ve removed the silent bit and created this file.  Just so you know what he’s talking about when he starts up again after the “pause.”


April 2, 1969.  Camp Evans, Vietnam.

So, after digging through hours of audio, I found that this tape was actually made April 2nd, the day before the last letter was posted.  No biggie, just so you know.


17min 2sec

March 31, 1969. Camp Evans, Vietnam.

A couple of things before you hit play:

First, listen for mom’s 19-year-old voice (and giggle) right at the very begining. They reused tapes many times and these overlaps were common.

Second, don’t turn the volume up too far, about 35 seconds in dad figures out he’s holding the microphone upside down and it gets much louder. God help you if you’re wearing earphones and don’t read this warning first.


9min 31sec

Jeff and Rita on her 17th Birthday


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