Rick Holt's Adventures in Vietnam
Letters Home from Vietnam, 1971
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Long Thanh North
June 19, 1971
Just went up to check the mail. The clerk isn't back from Bearcat yet. I had guard last night. I was really lucky. Last night was the first time in about a week that it didn't' rain. It was cold enough without the wet. Can't imagine what it would be like in the rain. Seacord will find out soon though. He got word today that he goes in the Security Platoon for a month starting Monday. That's permanent guard for a month. I've got a feeling we'll all get stuck with that sooner or later because we're short of permanent guards.
You won't get a letter dated the 18th since I didn't have time to write one last night. I've got the day off today because of the guard last night. I feel like I could sleep all the way through to Monday morning.
We started checking some of the radio banks yesterday but we came to a screeching halt when we ran out of batteries. Our "Digital Data Regenerative Repeater" uses a 12.5 volt battery. I think they would have solved half of our problems if they would have given it a simpler name.
So until we get some more batteries we can't check any more radios since bad batteries cause a lot of our troubles and create all kind of weird symptoms.
Well, time to go get lunch. I'll drop this in the mail when I go to check my mail box.
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