Rick Holt's Adventures in Vietnam
Letters Home from Vietnam, 1971

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Da Nang
March 31, 1971
7 pm

Dear Folks,

Well, yesterday went by so fast I never got around to writing. Before I knew what happened the lights were out and it was time to get some sleep. That mission that was supposed to start yesterday was put off till today. I think it was because of a security leak. I heard some major say that they announced the operation on TV. I wouldn't doubt it. That's how screwed up the army is. Nobody knows what the other guy is doing. Seacord is in the air now. I go up at about 8:30. We'll only be flying from 6 pm to 8 am. We're supporting the ARVN's this time. They must be making raids across the border at night, that's why we're only flying during that time.

I spent most of the afternoon out at the airfield waiting for one of our planes to come up from Long Thanh. As usual it was about two hours late. Seacord and I had to put some radios in it when it finally got here. They still didn't bring any mail with them.  I don't know what the big hang-up is. They are supposed to send somebody up to pay us tomorrow. Maybe they'll bring some mail with them.

There has been quite a bit of activity around here lately. The ARVN's were out last night checking the Vietnamese houses around this area for VC. And the fighter bombers have been dropping their bombs a lot closer than normal.

I finally got a mosquito net for my bed. Maybe I'll be able to sleep without a sheet pulled over my head for a change.

I broke the 300 mark today. By my calculations there are 299 days and a wake-up.

Well, it's about time to get ready for my flight. I think I'll go to the RPI and get some popcorn to eat while I listen to the ARVN's chatter.


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