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

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Long Thanh North
June 16 (actually 17), 1971
9 pm

Dear Folks,

Feel pretty good for some reason. It has been raining most of the evening. It started right after that  change of command ceremony. We hadn't even gotten on the truck and we were soaked. Must have done well enough to suite the CO. He was sitting up front with the 'honored' guests. He looked at us and gave us an affirmative-sort-of-shake-of-the-head and didn't say anything to us afterwards.

We started checking out some of the radio banks to see exactly what works and what doesn't. There were seven banks that just came back from Vung Tau. We started checking them first and we've already found two that still don't work. We'll probably be checking them for the next couple days.

Duff started clearing today. He'll probably be leaving for 90th Replacement Center on about the 26th. Then to Oakland and 30 days leave. He doesn't have any orders saying where he'll be assigned yet. There were about 10 other guys that got drops along with Duff. They all had less than 90 days left in country.

Duff got his orders today for an ARCOM for the time we spent in Da Nang.  Seacord and I are on those orders. So I guess sooner or later they'll get around to giving us ours. It's hard to believe they finally came through with it.

Anxiously awaiting a cold wet night of guard duty tomorrow night. Got four letters and some magazines today. No I haven't heard from Barry lately. Guess I'll have to write him a letter. As far as those news capsules go they really don't help a whole lot. We get the "Pacific Stars and Stripes" around here now and then to fill the news gap. Really don't have a whole lot of time to worry about news anyway.


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