Cu-Chi, Wednesday, June l8, 8:30 pm:
I love you too, so there! Who's wedding were you supposed to go to on Friday the 13th? Whoever it was had the balls to tempt fate. It won't last a year.
I'm glad to hear that Nikki is better. I bet it's rough with two diaper messers. I'm anxious to get home to you and them again.
I put $75 in the safe next door towards my tape recorder or whatever I decide to buy. I figured if I put it in the safe I wouldn't spend it as easily.
I got a card from Marlene with the usual jabberwocky on it. I sure wish she'd learn how to write so it can be read instead of decoded.
We got some more rockets at 6:00 am this morning and then they called a red alert so I couldn't go back to bed for 45 minutes and had to get dressed and put on my battle gear. It wasn't so bad but it made the day seem longer.
Then, this afternoon I took Lan and Mama San from next door to the doctor because the both had sore throats and headaches. The doctor gave them both some cough syrup and aspirin and Lan asked me if she had to smuggle it out past the MP's or not. So I told her that since it had her name on it she could just carry it out.
On the tape I told you about how I gave Mama San next door (a poor peasant woman but a hard worker) some soap and candy to take home and how she thanked me with twinkling eyes. Well, today she brought me in a bunch of bananas as a gift. I didn't know what to say except thanks. It took me by surprise. But they were ripe and tasted great so every time I passed her I thanked her again. She's even trying to pick up some of our slang like #1 (good), #l0 (bad), etc. Since she doesn't speak any English at all it shows how hard she's trying to be friendly. She does come from a village where 50% or so are VC, so I don't know what to think. Maybe she'll decide that Americans aren't all like the VC say we are.
Col. Straugham, the FAC pilot, came in today and told me that he couldn't take me Sunday because he had to fly up to Cam Rahn Bay, but that he was thinking of me. So I still might get to go some Sunday. It will really be an experience because I don't like to get sick and I will.
Well, sweetheart, Mission Impossible is on in a few minutes and the men are yelling for popcorn, so I'd better close for now.
Guess what? Today was a milestone. I could hardly button my pants when I first came over and TODAY I had to cinch them up a little because they were too loose. Hurray! Those sit-ups must work.
I was given a 30 round magazine for my AK-47 today so I'm all set now to ship it home when I think of a fool proof way. And that Thompson I was going to get for Larry
- the guy sold it just before I called Pix to get it for me. $30 is all he wanted. I could kick myself.
p.s. I still haven't gotten your tape yet. Did you send one?
Cu-Chi, Thursday, June 19, ll:00 pm:
Late again tonight, but things have finally quieted down for the day. I just finished my exercises and bucket bath and reread your letter so I can relax and think once more.
This morning I grabbed a ride into Saigon to pick up my clipper blades but I didn't get a chance to get to the USO and call. Besides that I didn't have any money, but I would have borrowed some had I got the chance. But as I was saying I went to Saigon, by jeep, and when I got back at noon I heard on the news that the police were having a running gun battle with some VC assassins in the same area. I didn't see anything, anyway, but I thought I'd tell you.
Lan didn't work today as well as most of the other girls, some Buddhist holiday or something. But come mail call time I got a letter, a roll of magazines (some German) and a package of German food. Wunderbar!
I knew there was a reason I loved you. It's because of all the surprises you pull on me. I was really surprised to open up the box and smell some good sausage floating up to my nostrils. It ought to make a real good meal one of these nights soon. Thank you honey!
I had Lan get me some thongs that turned out to be too small for me so I'll send them home and you can give them to Kerry if they don't fit you (which they better not).
Bill Hepworth is still at Ft. Lewis and finally made Sgt. so I think I'll drop him a line and keep in touch. think they are a fun couple if the kids stay home.
Cu-Chi, Friday, June 20, Midnight:
Some heavy artillery is going off just outside the wire and being so calm tonight, they sound real close. The National Anthem is playing because it's midnight and the start of another day. And what a day it's been. This morning I got the urge for a little taste of that salami you sent me so I reached for it in the cupboard and it was gone. So after accusing everyone of grand theft - salami, I decided to check the trash in case it had gotten mixed up with the wrapping paper and thrown away. But Lan had already taken the trash out so I had to go out into the big trash barrels in the street and dig around in the garbage1 which was pretty raunchy to say the least. But I found the salami, carefully wrapped in the wrapping paper, and still looking good! So I came back to the shop and cut me a small slice which was great. The rest was put away for a TV time snack.
Oops, AFVN-FM just went off the air for an hour so I have to tune in AM for a while. Those shells are getting louder every minute and could worry me if I wasn't awake already.
Tonight after work I went next door and we started a pinochle? card game at 6:30 pm and just finished at ll:30 pm. It took us five hours to play to 500 points of double deck partners. Then I had to come back here and count the day’s receipts and do my exercises before I could start this letter. We ate the salami during the card game along with some crunchy peanut butter and some sodas. It was fun to play cards again. We'll have to learn how to play bridge so we can play against your parents sometime.
I'm glad to see you back sewing dresses again. I want you to keep in practice for when I get home. I received another card from Marlene that said the exact same thing as the last one. That girl is too much. I still didn't get that tape yet. I hope you sent it.
Well, my loved one, it's way past my bedtime so I'll quit for now and write again tomorrow night. I love you more than the poets can tell so I won't try to rhyme this letter. Take care and spend your allotment check foolishly because they're going to stop soon - 76 days!
Cu-Chi, Saturday, June 21, l0:30 pm:
I received your Thursday and Monday letters today.
can't figure out why Thursday's is so late but I enjoyed it anyway.
I'm anxious to see your new nightie on you. Anything is sexy when you're in it. I'm glad you bought some new clothes. I was beginning to feel guilty because you were walking around in rags. Anybody that looks like Claudine Longee must dress accordingly. I might not be Andy Williams but I try hard.
Your mishap with the camera sounds like a typical Jacobsmeyer. It's happened to me too. The way you tell is if the rewind button moves when you cock it. It should turn the opposite way that you rewind. It reminds me also of me and the tape recorder.
Now that your parents are gone on vacation I guess you have your hands quite full. I only wish I could be there to help you out some. As far as your back hurting, I have a good cure for that! It's a deep, penetrating massage.
The flick tonight was "Paper Lion" and was really great. I laughed through most of it. The main reason I was in such a good mood is that a Laurel and Hardy movie, "The Piano Movers", was first and got me primed. The only bad thing is that it lasted until l0:30 and I was up till l2:30 last night.
I think I'll skip my exercises tonight instead of tomorrow night and take the extra five minutes sleep.
We got our first real monsoon rain this afternoon. It got my bed all wet as well as everything else. I went out and started building drainage ditches and got soaked to the marrow so I closed early and went and took a shower and put on my civvies.
I started to play cards again tonight but quit because I got tired of losing.