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

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Long Thanh North
December 5, 1971
1 pm

Dear Folks,

Almost forgot to write. I was thinking about it this morning when I burned the 676 letters that I've accumulated over the last ten months. I put them all in a big pile on my bed and took a couple pictures of them. Quite a stack. Got two more letters today that makes 678.

 Hope George is out of the hospital now. I imagine he enjoyed the last part of his stay.

I mailed a package of stuff home yesterday. It may take a while I think I sent it 4th class. You may get a half empty box if it gets inspected by customs. I had a field jacket and a couple boony hats and that fatigue shirt with the patches on it. They may confiscate them because they are government property. Also in the box are the flash attachment for my camera, the photo album of pictures you sent. About 25 cassettes, a belt, four chop sticks, some Vietnamese sticks that I think is some kind of weapon, a Vietnam headband, an envelope with about 10 sets of beads, that camouflage beret and I think that's about it.

I couldn't fit that Montaingard guitar in the box. It is a lot bigger than I thought. I'll be sending some more stuff this week. Not much left to send.

I never did mention that I gave my old momma-san a $20 going away present. 8,200 piaster is more than she makes in a month.

That's it for now.


(read the next letter home)