Letters tell of Vietnam War experience 50 years ago

Friday, August 3, 2018

June 1, 1968

Dear Mom and Dad,

How is everyone today? We had about one-half inch of rain yesterday, but doesnít look like we will get any today. Was cloudy this morning, but the sun is shining bright now, so hope it stays for a while.

We flew out of base camp about 3:30 p.m. May 30 and landed near a river, but after walking about a quarter mile we found an old house, so we set up that night, all yesterday and today, so we havenít had it bad at all. The line platoons have gone out on patrols and ambushes but the mortar platoon always stays behind for support or to guard the CP.

Yesterday was payday, so tell me when my $175 gets home. I also have another $75 but I couldnít send it home by treasures check because they have to be over $100 and under $200, so I will have to wait until I can get a money order to send the specific amount home.

The rest of the company went on patrol on the river boats today but have returned now. Today I learned how to play Pinnacle (sp) which is really becoming a fad. While we are in base camp they start about 8 a.m. and usually play off and on until 8 p.m.

Tonight when we were resupplied, they brought out hot chow again: Pork, French fries, green beans, lemons, apples, and oranges and milk and coke. Yesterday we had beef, mashed potatoes, peas, pineapple, pickles and coke.

My last letter I said they were supposed to broadcast the Indy 500; however we heard only parts of it highlighting the exciting parts.

By the way, I got moved up one man in my squad, but still now promotion, but neither is anyone else, so I guess I shouldnít feel too bad. Itís 3 a.m. now and it is really raining hard, but being in this house stops most of the rain.

I bet the wheat is really getting tall and turning yellow. I sure hope you take pictures of the crops and things around this year. Will enclose my pay receipt for this month. God bless you.

Love Richard