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

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Vung Tau
July 24, 1971
6 pm

Dear Folks,

Had an exceptionally productive day. The two civilians that were supposed to be working on the banks didn't show up today. That gave me the whole day to work on them by myself with no-one around to bother me. I fixed three banks and was working on a fourth when I quit at 5 o'clock.

All it takes is patience and a little bit of logical thinking. When I'm alone I can take my time and check things over three or four times before I go on. When the civilians are around they want to do things their own way. I usually just let them go ahead. They give up after a while and sneak out.

Then I'm free to work if I feel like it till they decide to come back and offer to help. I wasn't sent up here to fix these things. That's the reason we sent them here, because we couldn't fix them. But if they don't get done I'll never get out of here. Hope I have as good luck on the rest as I had today. I did in one day what it took the civilians two weeks to do. Well, so much for that. I even dream about the darn things.

Today is D-day. Six months down and six to go. One thing about this TDY it makes the time go faster. I guess you'll be on vacation by the time this letter arrives.

Till tomorrow.


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