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

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Long Thanh North
June 8, 1971
9:15 pm

Dear Folks,

It seems later than it actually is . Got back from my vacation in Da Nang at about 3 this afternoon. Had a cheeseburger and French fries at the club for supper at about 4 pm so I wasn't hungry when the mess hall opened at 5:30 pm. But I went anyway and had some baked ham, potatoes and lima beans. From the mess hall I went straight to the photo lab. It started pouring rain just as I left the mess hall and I got soaked. I printed a few more of my negatives. By the time I left it was too late to do any jogging. So I skipped that for tonight. Came back to the hooch and read some more of "Gypsy Moth Circles the World". I'll probably finish that tonight. I bought a reading lamp in Da Nang so now it's not so dark in my corner. Had about 8 letters and a tape waiting in my mailbox. Also got back the results of that first lesson I sent to USAFI, a hundred of course. I think I'll have to set up a definite schedule for when I do what each day or I'll never get anything done. I want to read and jog and study and just sit and do nothing. And it seems like I never really get anything done. Just too many distractions. Didn't fly any missions in Da Nang but logged one up and back. That makes 14 by my count.

Been trying to figure what could be the problem with the trailer lights. It seems to me we had that trouble once before. If it's not in the connector plug and I doubt it is, then it could be the bulbs. I think if one part of the bulb burns out it messes up the whole system. There is really not much else that could go bad unless there is a short somewhere and I doubt that. Kind of hard for me to say being 14000 miles away. Why don't you stop by some evening and I'll check it out.

Will try to remember to get that commanders certificate tomorrow. Davis has been giving me a hard time about it. If he doesn't cooperate I may just have to go to the CO myself. Can't wait forever.

 I think I'll go circle the world with Sir Francis Chichester for a while then get some sleep. Guard on the conex tomorrow at noon. Davis says there are a couple safes on the way. But with him in charge it may take forever to get them. So much for now.


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