Cu-Chi, Tuesday, May 20, 10:00 pm:
I'm still alive and safe so quit worrying. In fact I'll try and call you on MARS tonight to tell you so.
It's been one of those days around here, busy, busy, busy. The days are starting to get longer as they get hotter it seems. But I can stand anything because I'm getting short (under l20 days). I turned in my request today for the early out and it's on the Captain's desk to be signed before it's sent to personnel1 so it won't be long now.
Our group leader, Capt. Bills, got word yesterday that his 12 yr. old boy had his lower lip bit off by a dog and his wife didn't get hold of the Red Cross so he can't go home to help out. He's worried sick about it but could only talk three minutes to his wife on MARS. It just shows you how stupid his wife is. She said she didn't want to bother him so he sits here worrying when he could be home already if only she'd called the Red Cross and had them call the hospital or doctor. Don't you ever be that silly dear, just remember that you have to ask for me from your end first.
We were just sitting over watching "Star Trek" on TV while we ate some hot pizzas (my treat) that we bought at the new swimming pool snack bar. It's really a hardship tour dearest.
I received confirmation that Larry and Barbara's china was sent on the 1st of May, so they ought to get it soon I guess. I'm sending you a Noritake catalog so you can pick out the other set of china to match the Bronzeware I bought two weeks ago and have been dying to tell you about but I was going to surprise you with, but I can't find any wrapping paper so I can't send it home anyway if you follow. It'll have to be something with a gold edge or design or something. I'll send you a catalog as soon as they come.
You'll love the bronzeware but we can get silver too. I'll send you a catalog on that also. Just because I love you so.
We're finally off Red, Amber, Yellow and all those other alerts so we can sleep in our beds again. So we'll probably get hit tonight.
I just went and weighed myself at 206 lbs and that's after eating a pizza and coke. So you see dear, I'm sacrificing for you. That's 14 lbs so far and still going strong. When I get to l90 lbs I'll stop for a while and rest up. My love handles aren't so firm as they were.
Well I have to get to sleep now because I'm working longer days now.
p.s. Keep that gun handy in case Jody comes to visit -then shoot him!
Cu-Chi, Wednesday, May 21, 7:15 pm:
I love you, miss you and adore you, what else can you ask for? It has been an OK day so far. I got four letters tonight but three of them were mailed in March to the 90th Replacement and just now got here. The one from you told about the first time I called you from Cu-chi and last night must have been the 5-6 time. You know they woke me out of my first good sleep in a week and didn't even give me time to wake up because you were on the air already. I don't know if you could understand anything I said because I hardly remember anything that I said anyway. However, I did hear that you and the kids were OK which is all I wanted to know anyway. Just after you were saying good-bye, some 8" artillery went off outside the wire and I thought for sure we were getting hit with rockets but the operator said he hadn't heard any so I should relax. It took me awhile to get back to sleep after that because 8" guns are really loud and shake the ground real good. Sept. 15 should be the very latest I'll be home so that's less than 115 days to go dear. Smooth sailing at the barbershop except that my body is falling apart from standing up all day.
My hootch girl, Lan, has been bringing me presents the last couple of days, Mangos and Pineapple from the jungle. The Mangos are real sweet tropical fruit like sweetened cantaloupe but shaped like avocados and grow in trees. I thought it was nice of her.
It's getting unbearably hot here in the afternoons and my shop is like an oven most of the time. But with 115 days to go I can take it.
Gee, I'm sorry I didn't make more sense on the phone. I'll try harder next time. It's hard enough trying to judge when you'll be home, let alone something important to say.
I have to go weigh myself. Wait one - oops 207 lbs. I must have drunk more today. I love you sweetheart and think of you constantly so stay sweet.
p.s. Our shock absorbers are brand new! (letter march 15)
Cu-Chi, Thursday, May 22, l0:l5 pm:
Great day today even though I didn't get any mail. The barbershop was really slow. The slowest it's been since came, so I took advantage and rested up.
I got a letter from the Division personnel office today after I went down this morning and found my records for them so they could work on my early out. The letter reads:
HUDGAG-PA Jacobsmeyer, Jon W. NG28294504
Subject: Early Separation to attend school To CO HHC 25th Inf Div APO 96225
From CG (Commanding General) 25th Inf Div Date 22 May 69
1. Approved for release to the U.S. Army reserve U.P. Chapter 5, Section VIII, AR 635-200 on or after l0 Sept. 1969
2. Unit commander will insure that EM receives a medical clearance certificate from the appropriate medical facility not earlier than 72 hours and not later than 48 hours prior to departure from this command.
3. EM's records will be adjusted in order that his ETS will read l0 Sept. 1969 and his DROS will read 8 Sept. 1969.
4. EM will be notified of the above. The original of this correspondence will be retained at this Headquarters for inclusion in Individuals field 201 file.
Signed: K.L.Pierce Capt. Agc
EM Enlisted man, ETS= End of active duty, DROS= The day you leave Vietnam
So my sweetheart on or about the night of l0 Sept. 1969 we have a date, OK?
I might have to attend meetings another year but I figure that's better than dodging rockets till Dec. 15. I'm short dear, only l08 and a wake up till I leave this place. On the 1st of June I'll be down to two digits.
Another thing that made my day nice was that it got cloudy and cooled off this afternoon. And yet another thing is that Pix called and said to tell you Hi and sends his love (platonic or course).
I hope you still plan to register for me at Pierce. I don't have to go to Glendale but I will if you can't get me into Pierce.
I'm still waiting for the shower truck to come so I can shower and go to bed. I showered out of a water can last night so I have to shower real good tonight.
Well Sweetheart, I must leave you now for I hear the water truck coming and I must get some sleep tonight if Charlie will let me. I miss you but only for a short time to go. See you in 109 days.
p.s. I still want a picture of you in your bikini with a good tan.
p.s.s. You better start getting more sun.
Cu-Chi, Saturday, May 24, l0:30 pm:
This is my third letter for the day so forgive me if I forget anything. I wrote Marlene, and after I got your care package with Svetlana '5 cards in it I wrote her one and now my favorite one. I read a 165 page book (The Dictators) during work today, need I say more. The only trouble about being slow is I don't make much money.
I went to the movie tonight for the first time in a week and took along some fresh popped corn to munch on. The movie was "Duffy" with James Coburn and it was real good. I recommend it to Larry because it has a tricky ending. I talked to a Red Cross man today who has some wrapping paper he'll give me so your bronzeware should be on the way in a day or two.
Got another cockroach crawling across my pillow –smash! Oops, he's still trying to crawl away - squish That's all for him. Another body countl! No letter tonight because it came last night with two others. So tomorrow night I expect one for sure.
I guess you wrote a letter to Svetlana as well as sent her some books so we're all set there. The letter surprised me in so far as her English is almost perfect the way she writes. Her letter was better written than most of mine are.
Not much from the front dear. Things are pretty quiet this week so I've been catching up on my rest a little (very little).
Well goodnight for today. I must rest my blurry eyes for awhile.
Cu-Chi, Sunday, May 25, l0:15 pm:
Lovely day today. I only had five or six customers this morning, took the rest of the day off and got a package of goodies from you. Plus I got to wrap a present for you which I'll send by boat tomorrow and should get to you in three weeks or so (bronzeware). So now you have something to look forward to for the next few weeks.
No letter tonight but the peanut butter, film and ROACH KILLER was fantastic. I put the can in my room ready for action and I haven't seen a- roach yet. I guess they heard I had a new weapon.
I started a new book today, "Seven Days in May", so I can get my brain in a learning mood again. It's been so slow I could've gone on leave and nobody would have missed me.
I think I will take an R&R to Japan in August to get some lenses for your camera before I come home. I'm going to get my tape recorder next month so you'll just have to live on what I send you this month plus the $500 you get next month. I'm saving up and hope to be able to send you $150 or so this week but I really don't have very much saved up yet. If you really need more money next month let me know, but if you don't say anything I'm going to get me a tape recorder or something.
You might check with Jerry Giese and see if we can get back into our house in October or so. I think the people will be nice about it and if they're not, I'll shoot them all when I get home.
It sure feels good to be a short timer. Next week at this time I'll be under a hundred days and counting. I got a haircut today but just had him cut a little around the edges so it'll grow out. Ha.! Ha!
Cu-Chi, Monday, May 26, 11:30 pm:
I started reading the book, "Seven Days in May", this morning and I just couldn't put it down. I wish I weren't so tired or I'd finish the last 80 pages tonight.
I sent off your tableware today so be expecting it in a couple of weeks. I went swimming tonight to cool off but I'm sweating right now and it's nearly midnight. That Black Flag Roach Killer really works on these gook roaches. Thanks again.
I got my garments and statue in one piece today. Thank you. I love you sweetheart and miss you always.
Cu-Chi, Tuesday, May 27, 6:30 pm:
I love you just because you're you and nobody else. If I would have chosen my wife for myself instead of fate deciding for me, I never would have gotten anyone more precious to me, more loving, or more understanding than you my dearest. I'm so thankful you're my wife and mother of my children. I mention it each night in my prayers.
Right now I'm laying on my bed writing, munching on Ritz crackers and eating Skippy crunchy style peanut butter from the 12 oz bottle, which is just the right size. I received two packages and two letters today so I was very pleased when evening came and just as I laid down to read your letter Pix called with all the latest gossip. So it's been a nice evening. And then as I lay here reading your wonderful letters it rained for about 10-15 minutes to cool the place off. And I'm writing this letter early tonight because I want to be asleep by 9:00pm after staying up till midnight with that dumb book which I finished at lunch today. It was a fascinating book so you have won my heart again by sending it to me. However, as I said earlier I have plenty now so keep them for my library.
I think I'll try and go to Pierce because it's closer to our house and I won't have to transfer from Glendale in the spring. I should be home in time to register but you can do it for me if you get me a catalog so I can pick my classes I'll need to know what's required for a degree in History and Language for teaching credentials from Valley State. So see what you come up with along those lines.
I'm sorry about the short note last night but I was really tired at the time.
Early last evening we watched a helicopter gun ship shoot at something right outside the wire for an hour or so. We haven't been hit for so long it's getting to worry me a (very) little. I'm fine physically except I have a bruise on my lower back somewhere on a vertebrae that bothers me.
I just heard that Star Trek is on tonight so I won't get to bed before 10:00pm again tonight.
My clippers broke so the CO is taking them to Hawaii with him on R&R to get them fixed. The tips have been slacking off because everyone is broke. Thursday is payday I think.
Thanks for the wrapping paper, you're always one jump ahead of me. Now the presents can start again. I love you.
I did hear you telephone, "I love you, over and out." at the end and I was crouching at the time because I thought we were getting rocketed, but it was only outgoing 8" shells.
Take care my precious, only a few more days till I'm home.
Cu-Chi, Wednesday, May 28, 10:00 pm:
Half a week gone again and I'm sure glad. My back has been giving me a little trouble because I don't have anyone to rub the kinks out at night. I went and got some wintergreen ointment today and the heat makes my back feel good if nothing else. It's right in a spot that I can't reach good even with the vibrator you sent me. I hope it'll go away in a day or two.
It's raining right now, lightly, but when it started an hour ago it came down real heavy for a good while. I was over watching Mission Impossible about some dead senator that wasn't or something. You probably saw it two months ago or so.
(Editors note: a page and a half were censored here and lost forever. Well, not really lost because I found them, but I still couldn't print them because of their sexual nature.)
Well honey, it's that time again. Time to trip off into dreamland and visit you. I hope you're all in good health and happy and don't forget that I'm coming home in l04 for sure.
p.s. Roses are red, and violets are blue, but if I had a rose, I'd give it to you!
p.s.s. Rain, rain, dropping on my roof above,
Send a message - Morse code, send it to my love.
Tell-her that I miss her so,
More than she will ever know.
And tell her not to worry none,
Tomorrow's awaited, usually come.
Hold on with courage just l04,
And big strong me'll come to your door.
Horny, happy and full of life,
Come home to love my kids and wife!
Cu-Chi, Thursday, May 29, 10:00 pm:
I love you more today than yesterday. (eventhough the mail didn't come today)
I went into Saigon today but didn't have time to call you because I went by jeep. That makes three different ways I've gone into Saigon, Jeep, Bus and helicopter. The only other way is walking and I hope I don't have to try that way. I know my way around Saigon pretty good now but I hate to go there except to call you. It stinks and is so crowded you have to watch every direction at once to keep from killing someone. I dropped my clippers off to be sharpened again.
My room was just filled with flying ants or something so I grabbed my roach killer and ZAP! They all disappeared somewhere.
I'm glad Yorty won the mayors race although I didn't really want either one. I just don't think four years of a negro mayor would help anything or anybody except troublemakers.
I'm waiting for the water truck because I had to open an hour tonight. No one came in but I was reading a new book, "The President's Plane is Missing!" It's pretty good so far but I've only read 80 pages. It's nice to be back in the swing of reading books. My mind can wander and imagine more out of a book than TV. I hope you don't mind a man that likes to read every now and then.
Day after tomorrow is payday but I don't get very much anyway and this month I'll send it all to you to pay the bills or something.
Next month you can put a little money aside to pay customs on my tape recorder when it comes which won't be for a month or two.
I miss you dear and can't wait to get home to you again. But most of all I'm true!