Cu-Chi, Wednesday, April 2, ll:30 pm:
I didn't do much barbering today because I was at the dentist getting my tooth filled again. The filling they gave me at Ft. MacArthur fell out on the plane coming over, then I had it filled in Lon-binh before I came here and that filling fell out at chow last night. So today I went and got another one put in. It's such a good color match you can't see it and it's a synthetic enamel type cement so it's real hard. I just hope it lasts for a while.
I got me an AK-47 Chinese assault rifle today so now I have to figure a way to get it home without any risk. I'll think of something or another. It's a real cute gun and it didn't cost me anything. Can I keep it? OK? Please?
Sgt Dave Anderson from the 1/5th Mech. Inf. came over again so we're still trying to get him here into Cu-chi and out of the field. He's really taking a beating out there.
Went to the movie tonight and saw "The Honey Pot", a pretty good murder mystery. I also bought me a photo album today to put your pictures in so I can look at them all the time.
I'll call you when I go into Saigon Sunday so be home. It'll be Saturday where you are and you should be there.
I love you so stay sweet and humble like me.
Cu-Chi, Thursday, April 3, 9:30 pm:
I'm lonely tonight so I'm going to go to bed early dream about you. I was busy and on my feet all day and so after supper and my shower I laid down and took a nap. It sure felt good after being up late the last two nights.
I went down and ordered some china for Larry and Barbara today and I'll send off the slip tomorrow so it ought to get to them late this month or so. It's not as nice as ours but then that would be dumb to give equal china away. I'll save the special sets for you and me.
I'm really looking forward to calling you when I get to Saigon. I have so much to say and yet when I talk to you I'll probably forget everything except I love you.
The General came in again today and all he could talk about was the neck rub with the vibrator I gave him last week. He didn't have time today though. He's really a likeable old guy for a two star general.
Here's my latest list of things I could use: A picture of you!
A good back rub!
A little rain to keep the dust down.
Oh yes, when you use the flash plug it in and let it set and charge for l0-15 minutes before you start shooting. 1t111 put out more light then and your pictures will turn out better. And my brilliant wife, your figuring about the flash number was perfect, 5-6 is right. You are so smart it scares me. You might become too smart and want your independence like Pix and Gin (his wife who left him). Stay just a little dependent on me, OK? I need someone I can work for and accomplish things for, namely you!
The wind is turning around so the rains should be coming soon. I'll let you know if the Monsoon compares with the great Los Angeles floods.
Cu-Chi, Friday, April 4, 1l:30 pm:
Tonight was a jackpot night on mail. I got a letter from Pix 30 miles away, dated 15 March, two letters from you postmarked 30 and 31-March, a package with clipper oil in it, another bunch of magazines from you and some army magazines for the barber shop. It took me 30 minutes to read it all and I still haven't looked at the magazines.
Tonight at 5:00 o'clock I quit barbering and rebuilt my room. I put down a new floor and extended the wall out so my bed could turn around sideways, put in a wall locker and new screens. It's really nice now compared to the dirt sump the other barber lived in. You know how I hate to have things dirty anyway and especially where I have to sleep. So I got most of it done tonight and as time goes on I'll finish this place into a "Class One" room for myself.
I'm going to Saigon Monday instead of Sunday so I'll call you Easter Sunday - so be home! Other than working on my room and fixing the place up there isn't much to report. Every once in a while something explodes outside and makes my heart beat a double skip, but it's been real quiet here (knock on straw).
My hootch girl got sick so I had a new one today and she didn't stop smiling and laughing from 9 am to 4 pm. It seemed as if she'd been smoking dope the way she was so happy. I'll see if she's the same tomorrow before I judge her. She's a cutie though, about 14-15 or so, a little young but then so were you when I met you. Now you're older and more mature and just the way I eat up on.
Cu-Chi, Saturday, April 5, ll:00 pm: (239 days to DROS)
I love you more than ants love sugar, more than flies love garbage pails, more than kids love dirt, more than anything else in the world. I just got back from the flick where I saw "Rosemary's Baby". Man, I can see why women get jittery during pregnancy. That movie made me feel sad for poor Mia Farrow except that she cut her hair too short. I'm sure glad that we have healthy, good-looking girls. You really know how to do it. When I get back we'll have to try again. Maybe we can make a singing group, "The Jake Sisters”.
Tomorrow is Easter here and today I received three Easter cards from my three favorite girls, Dee, Sue and Sandia. Oops, I mean Janet, Jonette and Nikki Lynne. You girls sure know how to make a daddy feel proud and cheer him up. Keep up the good work.
My neck has been bothering me the last few days because I'm always looking down at the people’s heads. I make it through the day, but just barely it seems. I'm going to Saigon Monday, Easter Sunday to you. When I call you'd better be home or I'll really be mad.
Guess what? My civvies came tonight and I went to a short timers party (he goes home Monday) with my Garden of Eden tee shirt on and they loved it. They want me to screen some tee shirts for them. The 9th Chemical Detachment Sniffers. They go out in a helicopter with some sophisticated machine and fly about at treetop level and the machine tells them if anyone is in the area by the dust and body ammonia in the air. I hang out at their TV room a lot so I thought I'd try and do it if you can send me the stuff. It's in the garage in the cabinet in a box near the records. I'll need a frame (the General Telephone one will do), a can of lacquer thinner, acetone (adhering liquid) and the ink (black, red or green and whatever else), a squeegee, some lacquer paper (the orange stuff), my exacto knife and whatever else you think I need. If you can figure it out and send it, OK. If not, then also OK. It's not important but would be fun.
Cu-Chi, Sunday, April 6, 9:15 pm:
It's your #1 big, bouncy lover man calling you again. Keep the home fires burning 'cause I'm coming home in only 238 days and a wake up. (or sooner)
Today was Easter Sunday and I greeted everyone with a happy Easter today to set the mood. It was a beautiful, quiet morning and stayed nice the whole day. I went to church this afternoon and gave a little thanks for you and the girls in fast meeting because I want everyone to know how much I love you.
My ears are playing tricks on my heart tonight. Every so often a big explosion rocks the hootch like a rocket coming in and my heart skips 2-3 beats and then tries to catch up all at once. Everyone says you can hear them whistle when they come in but I sure didn't the last time and now with the radio and fan going, helicopters flying overhead, jeeps going by and the TV next door too loud, it's all I can do to concentrate on writing this letter.
It's a beautiful evening tonight and I don't have to work tomorrow because I'm going to Saigon to call you, so it's double nice. Would you believe one month ago tomorrow I left the World to come to this cockroach paradise. The first one went fast so I hope the rest go even faster.
Pix called today. He's lonesome for a buddy to hang around with. He said he got a letter from you and sends his love back. Good girl.
I spent an hour this evening taking apart my AK-147 rifle, trying to figure out how to ship it home. I need some liquid wrench to get one piece off and then I'll have it in small enough pieces that I can ship it home easy. It's really cute. I get my first ride in a helicopter tomorrow so it ought to be exciting to say the least.
I finally got me a real GI Bush Hat like you see on Walter Cronkhite. I put my little Sgt stripes on the front and a Tropic Lightning patch on the side at a rakish angle. Wow, do I look like a real soldier now when I walk around.
My ears just made me hit the floor again. I heard an unknown whistle and hit the floor but it only turned out to be a diesel truck coming by. It's good I live alone so nobody laughs at me when I duck.
Do you know that I've received to date almost $260 in tips? I don't know where it all went because I only have about $100 on me now. However, I ought to start saving now 'cause I have almost everything I need now. I'm going to fix up my barber shop in the next while after I send you $200 to buy you a birthday present with.
I just counted up how much I've spent since I got here. (I keep a record) It totals $1.00 less than I've made in tips
Well honey, it's bedtime. I'll have a whole bunch to write about tomorrow night.