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

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Long Thanh North
September 20, 1971
9 pm

Dear Folks,

I lucked out today. Had the morning off and went to work at 1 pm. Then Mr. Johnson said there won't be any night shift for a while so I had the night off except for 15 minutes I spent de-rigging 013. It and 009 were rigged as standby ships for Nha Trang. 027 and 061 are still rigged for standby to Da Nang.

I went with Mr. Johnson to 56th Trans. Co. Avionics on the other side of the runway. There is a civilian over there who is now fixing those amplifiers for the radio racks that nobody else in Vietnam would touch. 56th is our regular Direct Support Unit. I don't know why we didn't go to them in the first place. I can tell from just talking to this guy that he knows what he's doing. They had me running all over Vietnam when all we had to do was go across the street.

It rained off and on all day. That storm we flew through coming back here is still hanging around.

I got the orders for that 20 day stay in Da Nang and made out the travel voucher. Also made out one for that one day stay about a week before that. I understand I can just turn in the paperwork here at the orderly room and they will take it to finance on the daily run. That way I only have to go to Long Binh one time.

I got the package you sent. I'll have to do some fast eating since you have another one on the way already. I also got 4 letters and a card from Aunt Shirley.

Guess that about wraps it up.


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