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The men of India Company who fell on July 24, 1966

LCPL
ROBIN L. ARNOLD

PFC
RANDY BROSNAN

LCPL
RONALD COATES

LCPL
GEORGE COREY

PVT
OSCAR CRUZ

CPL
RICHARD CURRIER JR

PFC
LAWRENCE DANIELS

PFC
LAWRENCE DENNY

PFC
FRANKLIN EUCKER

PFC
R. FENSTERMACHER

SSGT
JERRY HAILEY

PFC
DANIEL HARMON

SSGT
WILLIAM HAWKINS

CPL
ROBERT JOHNSON

PFC
STEPHEN KITTLE

1LT
JOSEPH  KOPFLER III

LCPL
SIDNEY MALONE JR

PFC
THOMAS PRESBY

Rest in Peace, heroes

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2 FEB, í66

Hi Mom,

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 sargeants off.

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.

Love,

Arnie

P.S. weíre leaving soon sign missing movement papers tomorrow.


12 APR í66

Dear Mom

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.

Love,

Arnie

P.S. Alphabet has pnumonia. He caught it up here in the cold.


17 APR, 66

Hi Mom,

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 about Tom.

Lights are about to go out now so Iíll quit now.

Love,

Arnie


30 May, 66

Hi Mom,

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.

Love,

Arnie

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.

 

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