Rick Holt's Adventures in Vietnam
Letters Home from Vietnam, 1971
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August 26, 1971
Slept in till noon today. Nothing exciting to get up for. We were expecting a plane at Marble Mountain today but it never came. So no mail. They said there won't be one tomorrow either.
Read in the paper today that this yellow alert should only last till around Sunday which is fine with me.
Sylvester and I decided to wash some clothes today. In the barracks where our officers are staying there are a couple of washers and dryers. we dodged Colonels and Captains for about 4 hours till we got everything done. They have a big sign over the machines. "If you don't live here, don't use the machines." EM aren't even supposed to be in the officer's billets. Capt. Berry, our officer in charge, saw us running around there. All he had to say was "If you get caught, just don't mention my name." Well, that was my big adventure for the day. We got back about 8 pm which means they had to unlock the gates to let us in.
When we got back here we went to the RPI and caught the second half of "the Barefoot Executive".
Everything is AOK on this end. Haven't had any mail in 4 days.
We got word last night that we may have to leave for a mission in Military Region II. I imagine Tuy Hoa. There is one ship at Long Thanh on standby for Nha Trang. Nothing official . Just standing by to go on standby to go. Got to remember this is the army.
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