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

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Long Thanh North
November 8, 1971
9 am

Dear Folks,

No sense in changing my format. I'm sitting out here on the sandbags soaking up the morning sunshine.

Yesterday was pretty nice. It was sunny most of the day. Seacord came by to get me to go play catch with a softball so he could work on his suntan. It must seem crazy to you that we spend so much time worrying about a suntan. But really, it's a lot more fun than worrying about airplanes.

We've got a new NCOIC. Sgt. Carter has been replaced by Sgt. Jones who just came back off leave.

Speaking of leave. I don't know where you got the idea that unused R&R time can be deducted from your total time over here. It's not so.

We had a special services band play at the club yesterday. It was made up of GI's and was pretty good. They played at 2 pm and again at 7:30 pm.

I don't think I ever told you that Cheney got a drop. I heard he was supposed to start processing out today but when he went to Brigade they told him he still had 30 days to go. I'll check on that. It seems that a lot of the people who extended over here so they could ETS are getting drops.

That's it for now. Got 4 letters yesterday. I found a copy of that Norman Rockwell picture in Reader's Digest. I've had it in my photo album for a couple months now. I've been looking for one to decorate the wall. Thanks!


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