Dec 6, 1968
Dear Mom & Dad,
Sorry it’s been so long since I wrote last but we’ve been mighty busy. We’ve been running alot of night ambushes and out in the day looking for Charlie around Thunder. The other day we worked on APC (armored personalle carriers, or better known as tracks) for the first time since I was over here. Linda has a picture of Bud sitting on a track. They are really neat to work on. instead of walking we rode and they go through anything. They knock down trees and go through water and through mud. Not much can stop them.
Well I’m 19 now. I’m getting old and this army isn’t helping any. Not really, I don’t feel any older than I ever did. It was really some birthday. I walked all day with a full pack, up hills, down hills and through bush so thick we could barely make it through.
Tomorrow we have another CA. This will make about a dozen for me, and the platoon had about 11 when I came. That’s the way they work it, who ever is in the platoon when they get to 25 gets an air medal even if they didn’t participate in all 25.
You won’t believe it, but I lost Bill’s address before I got a chance to write him. I guess he’s home now so tell him I said hi. If he wants to write give him my address, but I don’t expect he will ever write me, he is usually too busy.
I’m sending a couple of pictures of myself, one of the guys has a Polaroid. The one where I’m sitting down was taken the day we worked with the tracks.
Well it’s getting dark and I can’t think of much to write about. Write whenever you can.
Our local paper has been doing a series on the heroes from our area who lost their lives iy Vietnam. This was prompted by the visit of the Moving Wall later this month at a local American Legion Post. Today Robin’s story was on the front page. My mother, sister and myself were interviewed a few weeks ago. It was that interview that prompted my project to share these letters on my blog. They got his name wrong in the title of the article. I love our local paper and how community oriented many of the staff are, but they need better proof readers!