Rick Holt's Adventures in Vietnam
Letters Home from Vietnam, 1971
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Long Thanh North
June 19, 1971
I went to sleep right after lunch and didn't wake up till 6:30 pm. It was after chow time so I went to the club and had a couple orders of fries and stayed and watched the band. It was a Philippine band called "The Big Sounds" Pretty good for a change.
It has rained off and on ever since I woke up. That guard which Seacord goes on Monday is Gate Guard. More or less like a special police or MP. It's during the day a lot of time too. He'll pull it for a month. Then from what I understand I'll have it next month. I'm not sure if they'll let him loose for a radio mission or not.
Got four letters and a tape from you today. Tomorrow is a big day. One year in the army. If everything goes real good I could possibly be out of the army in 6 months. Around Christmas time they sometimes give 180 day drops.. That would be almost exactly to the day for me. 180 days from June 20th is my regular ETS of June 19th. Of course, They may end up doing to me what they did to Duff and I could end up with a stateside assignment. I think I'd rather stay here and get out early than spend all that time somewhere else. If I stay here the full year that 5 month drop is almost automatic. And there is that extra possibility of a 6 month Christmas drop. Well, so much for dreaming. No matter how you look at it there is at least 6 months more to go. Short!
(read the next letter home)