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

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Long Thanh North
June 16, 1971
9:30 pm

Dear Folks,

As I sit here writing I can see the letter I wrote yesterday sitting on my footlocker. It stayed in my pocket all day. So you probably got that one and this one together.

It's raining now. It rained off and on all day. Seems like it rains a little more each day. Hope it pours down rain tomorrow -- right in the middle of that silly change of command ceremony.

I was on detail this morning to clean out the wash room. Can't get by one day without a detail. It was only a short job. Just rinse out the sinks and sweep the puddles off the floor.

Had a fairly good amount of work today in Avionics. Spent the best part of the day out on the flight line in the rain.

At lunch time I was on another detail to move some wood.

I've got perimeter guard on Friday night. Knew it wouldn't take them long to get our names on the list. What we need is a nice long mission to Da Nang!

Built a few model helicopters today. Supply has a whole conex full of games and things that the Chaplain brought the other day. Those models are now adorning my ceiling along with the smile poster and the other good things.

Started a new book today by Henry David Thoreau. A little bit of a classic but I guess the variety won't hurt.

Now is the time for all good men to go to bed. Got to get up in the morning to play soldier.


(read the next letter home)