Cu-Chi, Saturday, May 3, noon:
Just a note to explain why the tape was so mixed up. I was laying here on my bed with the recorder and since I talk better in the dark, I turned the light off to record. But, I had the recorder plugged into the light so every time I turned the light off the recorder stopped too. So I lay there and talked up a storm but every time I turned on the light to see if the tape was working, it was but I hadn't used very much tape. It took me two hours to tape half an hour and besides I had to say everything twice and it sounded phony the second time so I deleted a lot of it. I'll pick up some more tapes tomorrow and try again. These frustrations I get just when I felt like not being disturbed.
My hands are sweating so bad the paper is getting wet. I'll stop till tonight. I love you much. Forgive my errors.
Cu-Chi, Sunday, May 4, 8:00 pm:
I'm laying here on my bed listening to Dr. Zhivago while I'm writing this note to you. I just listened to the track with Jonette and Nikki. I thought I wasn't going to get to hear the one with Janet only and her plans for the future but you know me, I can't stand something that doesn't work. So I was just going to tear the recorder apart when I remembered that I only had one speaker plugged in (that's all I have!) so I just have to switch the plug holes and I'm in business again. I'll listen to you as soon as this music is over.
It rained a little this evening just enough to clear the air and settle the dust. It was refreshing since we've been out of water for two days and can't shower. War is hell!
I hope I didn't scare you in my last letter but if you can get me a letter of acceptance from a college with the last day that I can register (between Sept. 16-25 or later) even if they let me register special just to get me out of this dumb war. You do your best and I'll not worry about it.
Jonette sounded so grown up it makes me sad that I have to miss it. She sure can say "Daddy" nice and her laugh is enough to make Ho Chi Minh smile. Nikki also sounds like she's developing a personality all her own. Ours ought to be a real strange family with everyone completely different. We can start our own hippie group when they grow older.
I cracked my head open coming out of church today and went over to the emergency room and got it cleaned out and a tetanus shot in case. Boy, did it smart for a while but when the medic threatened to shave my head to put a bandage
on. It got better quick.
I don't have much hair but what I have I protect. Can you imagine me combing my hair every morning and shampooing it with halo every night. I've really grown attached to those few hairs still growing. You'll see.
The music is about done so I'll turn it over and listen to your wonderful voice. Wait one! I just listened to your tape dear and all I can say is "you're wonderful". Any woman that can spend $470 in less than a month has got to be wonderful. Well anyway, I really enjoyed the tape, you sounded so much better and relaxed this time. I turned out the light and just lay here and enjoyed it thoroughly.
I don't know how I get so much to write but I'd better quit now so I'll have something for tomorrow night. I really love you, all three, but you the most.
p.s. Where's my 2-3 barber combs, tweezers and hang nail clippers? My comb is missing 3 teeth out of the middle.
Cu-Chi, Monday, May 5, l0:l5 pm:
I got your package of stuff today, combs, books, etc. And just yesterday I reminded you of it. Such timing - you make me feel bad. However, next time you go past the beauty and barber supply grab a couple more combs with just a little courser teeth on the small end. The Ace #5 is just a trifle to fine to comb through the dirt that collects on the heads around here. I love you.
It's sprinkling outside and nice and cool for a change. It's really getting hot and humid during the day. I have my fan blowing on me all day but it's just like letting your hair dryer blow in your face - real hot air. It's really a screwed up climate in case you couldn't guess.
I hooked up the tape recorder in my shop today and played Kerry's tape through a couple of times. It made the day go faster and much more soothing. I would like a couple of more tapes with all slow music on one and all rock on the other, then I can set my own mood around here.
I don't need anymore silk for now. I'm having a time using what I have now. So no silk for a while.
I wish I were there to help you mess up the bed so you'd have an excuse in the mornings but, if it's any consolation, I toss and turn a lot too, dreaming about you and those big rockets that I might not hear in time. We haven't really had any excitement around here since I first got here but with the 2,000 body count we got last month and Ho Chi Minh's birthday in two weeks we're ready for anything. I put an extra layer of sand bags around my head just in case. But I don't really worry anymore as long as you know I'm coming home. You always did live closer to the Lord than me. Well, sweetheart, I have to go to bed because the mosquitoes are eating me alive.
Some rockets -(I just ran to the bunker in case)- just landed close but they were ours. The gunships just caught some gooks trying to sneak in and blow up the ammo dump so they chewed them up instead. But you see how jumpy I am. It must be my diet or something.
Cu-Chi, Tuesday, May 6, 6:15 pm:
It's a depressing night because for the first time in a month I didn't get any mail. I was expecting your birthday letter but I guess it got held up.
Pix called just now. Today was his birthday and I forgot all about it until he mentioned it. He's still the same as always, thank goodness. I told him about the 90-day early out for school so he's going to try for it too.
Boy, was I jumpy last night and grouchy today simply because I'm so tired. I haven't been getting to bed until midnight lately and morning comes all to soon. I imagine it's the same as you with the two babies and all.
That's why I'm writing early tonight. "Valley of the Dolls" is on the flick tonight so I'm going to give it a spin and go to bed right afterward at l0 o'clock.
Milt took an R&R to Tokyo, Japan this week so I guess he's OK. Other than that I've lost track of most of the people.
Well, Dear, I must leave you for now, even though I don't want to.
I'm going to Saigon Thursday and I'll call you then even if it means getting in a little trouble. I felt so bad because the connection was lousy the other day on MARS. I need to talk to you to keep my sanity for another month. Saturday will be two months in country and four more till September.
Cu-Chi, Friday, May 9, 8:15 pm:
Today was jackpot day mail wise, three letters and some mags and vitamin C. And those pictures of you and the kids were fabulous. I really like your new outfit and I hope you buy more before I get home. Just don't worry about me getting myself anything. You know me better than that. I almost bought me a Polaroid Color Pak II today at the PX but I forgot my wallet at the time.
I'm sitting here watching "Wild, Wild West" while I write this. It's about some Hawaiian kooks or something. I'm waiting for 9:00 o'clock for the Rogues to come on.
I hope Nikki is better and over her rash whatever it might have been.
Back to my bed. Dear, those pictures were absolutely great. The one of Jonette hiding in the pots and pans cupboard cracks me up. She must be so precious to you just being around and into mischief all day.
That new Look magazine you sent me has a picture of my AK-47 rifle on the cover - pretty good.
I guess I'd best be sending it home soon because too many people know about it and someone is liable to tell the wrong people and take it away. I didn't get Larry the Thompson sub-machine gun because I was afraid of double jeopardy in trying to sneak two home. So quit worrying.
Well my dream girl, may your dreams come true soon and may Pierce College send the right letter the first time. Take care and keep me posted on birthdays1 etc.
My hootch girl, Lan, is bringing me some black pajamas tomorrow so I can be a VC (honorary) like her and her village.
p.s. A gigantic "flying cockroach" just hit me in the head and scared me almost to sanity (so I squashed him!).