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

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Da Nang
August 28, 1971
9:30 pm

Dear Folks,

Had a busy day. I was in bed reading a book at 8:30 this morning when Murphy came knocking at the door and said we had to fly.  At 8:50 we were on station near Hue/Phu Bai airport.. Not bad time at all. We took over the retrans for about an hour and a half, then the ground took back over and we stayed for about 2 more hours monitoring just in case they needed us. They let us go about 12:30.

073 had been notified that we were flying again and they came up this morning. We found out about 2 pm that they had been waiting out at the airfield. Murphy wanted to go back so he left with 073 which went back again this afternoon and Beckman stayed in his place. Luckily they remembered to bring the mail with them. I got 13 letters and a note from Seacord with $60 and a receipt for a guitar he ordered back in February. I'll have to remember to pick it up for him tomorrow.

So now we're back on standby again. Beckman is staying in this room with me so it's not so lonely any more.

I heard we have a new CO at Long Thanh. The latest rumor is that when 2nd Signal stands down it will become the 1st Signal Brigade Aviation Detachment and will have Col. Watson as CO and it would move to Sanford Field in Long Binh. That sounds OK to me. We'll see what happens.

Heard they are cracking down on haircuts again at Long Thanh. It seems to come in spells. Let 'um crack! 145 days.


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