2 FEB, í66
Iím not going over the hill now. Iím
going to stick it out, even if these idiots donít know what
theyíre doing. Theyíre really making it hard on us. I have
to catch myself to keep from telling these corporals and
They finally made me a gunner. My squad
leader said I might make L/Cpl. pretty soon. I heard we have
promotions coming out Wednesday. I donít think Iíll make it
though, not this time anyway.
I mailed that stuff home today. Itís
coming Parcel Post.
Some of my buddies are leaving tonight
and tomorrow one is going to Wisconsin, so if he steps in, help
him out. His name is Anagastopoulos, Mike, but we call him
alphabet. He may need a place o stay so just help him out. Donít
tell Sal or anyone about him tho.
Before I sign off Iíll tell you whatís
in the bag.
2 FIELD JACKETS
1 FIELD JACKET LINER
1 SHORT SLEEVE KHAKI SHIRT
1 LONG SLEEVE " "
1 GREEN TROUSERS
1PAIR CIVILIAN TROUSERS
1 MAGAZINE (M-14)
1 MAGAZINE (.45 CAL. PISTOL)
1 PISTOL MAG. POUCH
David and Donnie can wear the field
jackets, but make sure they keep the liner and one field jacket
in good condition. I think thats all I had in there. Well theres
nothing else to say.
P.S. weíre leaving soon sign missing
movement papers tomorrow.
12 APR í66
Hereís some pictures I took APR. 9
There isnít much else going on since the last letter I wrote.
I just wanted to mail these pictures.
I hope you are keeping an album of
them. Iíve got my other sea bag with the pictures of Hawaii.
All I hope is that they turn out. If not, Iíll get negatives
from some of the other guys and have them developed.
P.S. Alphabet has pnumonia. He caught
it up here in the cold.
17 APR, 66
Thereís not much going on here. Iím
aboard the USS Tom Green County going back to Okinawa. We go to
N.T.A. for 10 days of counter Gurilla warfare training.
Iím going to send all my color film
home to have you develop it because it cost $5.00 to have it
developed here. Iíll mostly take B&W pictures. 18 APR, í66
Weíre sitting off Okinawa now. Weíll
pull into port tomorrow morning.
Sgt. Lebeau said I made L/Cpl. That
means about $20 more a month. Maybe I can make Cpl. Before I
come back. I doubt it though.
I wrote Tom a letter but I havenít
got one back yet. I wonder if and when he will make Lance. They
donít usually worry about promotions there. Heíll probably
get it when he gets to Okinawa. Let me know if you hear anything
Lights are about to go out now so Iíll
30 May, 66
Weíre sitting in Subic Bay again. We
got back from that problem a few days ago. Boy it was hell. If
Vietnam is anything like that I donít want to go.
We were in rice paddies for jus about
the whole time, quite often with water up to our necks. The
water was foul. There were water buffaloes fertilizing the
paddies and dead rats floating in the water. Sometimes the mud
was so bad that you could hardly move through it. On top of that
it rained for the whole 3 days we were out there. When we were
out came back abroad ship it quit raining and the sun came out.
Somebody up there hates us.
We only had slight trouble with the
local population. They sigged a water buffaloe on us and it
trampled one guy. Old Tex McKee. Decided to bulldog it and
started doing his rodes stunts. When he got a firm grip some
other guys started beating it severely about the head and
shoulders with their rifles. Finaly it broke lose and started
heading for the distant hills as fast as it could go. Two
pistols were stolen on the second day. I slept with mine in my
hand and a round in the chamber. If anybody wanted mine heíd
have to take it over my dead body. We stopped at a village and a
pair of queers kept bothering me and Weber until I pulled out my
.45 and told them to get or Iíd blow them away. They left and
went by little squad leader. That made me extremely happy.
Iím going to enclose the rest of the
pictures from Okinawa. I have 20 color megís that have to be
developed yet from the problem.
Going to sign off now.
P.S. got newsletter from church. Pastor
had wrong address in there. Also send foot powder, 16 mm for
minolta camera (instamatic like 104); cookies, candy, a couple
pair of white socks 10 Ĺ cushion sole, also at least Dadís
address. lost address book & all the addresses I had. Stace
ought to be happy about some of them.