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

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Da Nang
May 5, 1971
9 pm

Dear Folks,

The mailman stopped by today. Brought nine assorted letters up to the 28th. Got one letter from Paulson. He is now in Xuan Loc working as an 05C. He sort of out in the boonies. About a mile and a half from the communications center there. He is working in one of those little rigs we call rat-rigs mounted on the back of a 3/4 ton truck. He says he likes it there because there is nobody there to bother them. Only a couple 05C's. His new address is:
PFC Arthur H. Paulson
APO, SF 96399

I also got back the letter I mailed to the Appalachian Trail Club. It says no such number. I had it addressed to718 N. Street NW. Somebody wrote over it in red ink 1718. So I think I'll try mailing it to that address.

Kelm and I went to the beach about 10:30 this morning and came back about 11 am. It was a beautiful day but too windy. You lay down for 5 minutes and you're covered with a layer of sand. You get up to brush the sand off and your towel blows away. Got frustrated and gave up.

I'll be looking for some blank tapes. I understand they're cheap, only about a dime or so.

I bought a thermos yesterday. Maybe I won't drink so much coke if I keep it full of water.

I'm going to have to clean out my radio. All that sand blowing around got inside it. That's happened before though, no big thing.

Charlie woke us up again last night. I only heard one rocket. Somebody said 36 hit Da Nang area. But Da Nang is a pretty big place. Heard that one hit inside the compound here but didn't go off. I'm not too sure about that.

Guess that's the good news for today.


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