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

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Vung Tau
July 29, 1971
6:15 pm

Dear Folks,

Talked to Capt. Berry today. He took Capt. Bevans place. Bevans is doing something else now. I think they rotate every two weeks or so. Capt. Kinzel is in Bangkok.

A chopper came up about two with the last four banks. I sent three good ones back. So now I've got 2 good ones and 5 bad ones here. I think I'll be going back tomorrow to get paid. I'll try to take care of my money orders and stuff while I'm there. Still have $350 left over from last pay.

Then I've got to come back up here and finish up. I know the civilians won't touch them while I'm gone. They'll probably be sitting just the way I leave them.

It will be nice to go back and sleep in my own bed with a nice cool fan blowing on me -- no bugs, just rats. And to be able to reach out and grab a coke from the frig. And I'm sure that package must be there so I'll have a supply of Reese cups and goodies.

With my luck they'll stick me on detail and guard duty as soon as I step off the plane.

Well, that's life -- for six more months anyway. It could be worse. I hate it but in the same breath I volunteer for detail. Can't win. But then I'm not here to win, just put in my time and get out.

Dats all folks,


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