Sunday, June 26, 2011

Dad's Letters from Vietnam

My complete lack of interest in recruiting news (really, I've been paying attention to it for three years AFTER I left USAREC; there is nothing new in the news). So I've decided to go to the well of letters my mom sent me from my dad. I'd transposed one before, but this is from his initial tour.
29 August 1968

Dear Mom & Dad,

I just got my picture taken about 3 min ago and here it is. What it is is the view from the bottom looking at the ammo bunker. I weight 190 approx. and have a caterpillar on my lip (I started it yesterday). The white line above my jungle trousers is my natural color + dirt. Even after I shower my skin is a nice brown (when I use soap its lighter). The skies are a clear blue after a few weeks of rain.

I got a card from Mom today and am glad to hear that all is well at home, with the exception of the heat. It is very windy up here and on some days I go to the top of the hill and stick my head in the clouds (where else am I) or on a clear day I can see the Cua Viet river and Dong Ha.

Before I forget, I have lost my wallet and wonder if there is anything I have to do about my drivers license (the USMC is taking care of the rest). Well that is all that I have to say.


P.S. What are you going to do with Snoopy's pups, and could you send me some rolls of Polaroid Swinger film.
I had to Google Polaroid Swinger. Needless to say it was something I did with some trepidation. Turns out it was a camera.