Cu-Chi, Monday, April 28, 9:30 pm:
Another hot, humid day today and the power was off for two hours this morning.† It's been sort of slow† anyway† for a couple of days.
Charlie† tried to† sneak† up† on† us† earlier but the gunships and jets chased him off in a hurry.†† I got my pictures back today that I† thought would be too† dark.† Well† they† still turned out OK.† So I'll drop a couple in my letters this week.
(Editors note: Janet wrote me that she was cutting out† all the parts† of† my† letters that talked about sex or other R rated things.† I guess I wrote a† lot† because† most† of† my letters† are† missing† at† least part of a page and some are really cut up bad.)
I guess I'd better be careful about what† I† write† if I'm being censored.† You'd better† stop working so hard on your mom's house and take a little more care of my kids.† I don't want† them to know a cross mother.
I†† think† we'd† better†† stick† to† stainless† steel silverware instead of sterling - that is,† unless† you want to polish† it† every week or so.† I can't see putting $400 out for a bunch of silver spoons and forks when† for $20 I can† get† the† same† thing† in stainless steel.† Think about it.†††††††††††† But I'm still trying to get the bronzeware anyway.† The rumors are getting heavier about us pulling out† in July or so.† Who knows?† My brain wonít† function tonight so I'll have to call it quits for now.
I hope you had a nice birthday and don't really feel† a year older already.† Stay young for me.
p.s.† What would you like for Motherís day?
Cu-Chi, Tuesday, April 29, l0:45 pm:
Guess what† I did tonight?†† I shampooed my hair when I took my shower.† Pretty good, huh?† The days and weeks are flying by but† the† months† drag on† it† seems.† Anyway† the eagle s--ts tomorrow and it's my last April in this hole.
We got a little† rain tonight.† About† enough† to† get everything† damp† but† not† much† else.† It was† about† 105 degrees here today.† I had my fan blowing on me all day† but it felt like a hair dryer or blast furnace.
I† received my† knife and compass in a little package today but no letter because† the mail† didn't† come† in.† I hope you† liked your mink hat I sent you for your birthday, if it ever came.† It's cute† and would† look† fantastic on your lovely little head.
I †noticed on† the news clocks tonight that you're now on daylight savings, which makes us nine hours different.
I'm so tired physically that my brain won't† function. And besides† that,† nothing† exciting happened here today. Lan loved your picture and showed it to all her† girlfriends as† they came in today.† You know, of course, that I fell in love all over again when I saw it.
Cu-Chi, Wednesday, April 30, 10:45 pm:
I just took my† shower† and† I'm ready† to† slip† into dreamland.† I† went† home teaching† this† evening and walked halfway† around† Cu-chi.† My† district† covers† the middle section† of† Cu-chi† but most of the names I have, have left already.
Well† dear,† I† read that† all† the† action† is†† here northwest† of† Saigon.† Well,† that's† us† but† don't worry. Charlie has only about 19 more† days† to† launch his† last offensive† before† the rains halt the action for six months. So for 19 days things should get warm but† then,† nothing! We† got† our† first taste of monsoon rain this evening.† The wind picked up to about 30-40 mph and the† dust† storm was followed by† big† raindrops† coming† in† like machine gun fire.† These tin roofs really make a racket† during a† rainstorm.† But† after† the† rain† it smelled so fresh and clean that I just took a deep breath, and you know what?† I† could take† a† deep† breath† and my lungs didn't hurt like in Los Angeles.† I'm not suggesting we move here but the air† is† a lot cleaner.
That† my tape recorder won't wind up the tape sounds to me like the rubber pulley is broken or† slipping.† I† could fix† it† in† a few minutes if I were home but I guess you'll have to rough it.† Of course you† could use† Kerry's† tape recorder but† use† only† one† track on each side (#1 & #3). Whatever you do, I love you.
I have to rest my tired bones for† now.† After† I† sent you† the† money† today I realized I only had $10 to my name. But by the time you get this letter I'll have† made† plenty to† keep† me† going.† So† don't worry† about your† skinny husband.
I miss you terribly but rumors are heavy† about Hawaii in July.
p.s.††††††† Every† letter has† to have a p.s. but I didn't really know anything to write here, so I won't.
Cu-Chi, Thursday, May 1, 10:00 pm:
Happy Birthday Dearest,
I hope this day has been happy for you and filled with pleasant† surprises.† May each and every year bring you more satisfaction and love than the previous one.
I played your tape three times the night I received† it and† again the† next† night when I made a tape for you.† I loved your every word but if I† failed to mention† it† I'm sorry.† I've† been hoping to get another but so far nothing has come.
I got the "care"† package† today† so† it† came† airmail anyway.† Most packages do so don't worry.† The only thing I noticed was that our ESP broke down somewhere and you† sent me† popped popcorn when† I† was expressly thinking of just plain old kernels because we have† a popcorn popper here. But,† I† still love you and we took the popcorn to the movie tonight (Racquel Welch "Fathom") and ate a whole bag of† it with† cold Pepsi† to drink.† The only thing missing was you and the car.
Someone pulled the all-time joke at the† show† and† fell to† the† ground† like† there were mortars coming in and you wouldn't believe how fast 100 guys can† scatter† for† cover. It was† funny† afterwards† but you can believe I was moving out double time.† (Note: a mortar round just hit† somewhere close† but† just† made† my heart† jump† one extra beat - no damage.)
I'm glad the mailman and your mom got† the package before† you.† I† left †a note on it hoping they would so you could be surprised.† I guess it's safe to send you the† bill so you'll know what it is.
I† was† hoping to get into Saigon tomorrow and call you but my ride fell through so I† guess† I† won't† make† it.
sure would have liked to talk to you again.
I† guess† I'll have† to† send another tape and talk a little bit to Jonette since she is old enough to† understand her daddy now.
I† am losing weight because my skin is getting loose. I hope to get† down to† l85-190 before† I †see† you† again because† you† think skinny men are sexy and I guess you know what you like.† Thank you for the goodies, my precious, but† next† time make it crunchy Skippy, OK?
Here†† I've† been singing† Christmas† songs† all† day thinking about coming home to you.† I hope you† still want me.
I† guess† it's† time† to† say† my† prayers and get some sleep.† I love you very much.
p.s.† Here's a kiss for your birthday. xxxx
Cu-Chi, Saturday, May 3, 7:30 pm:
It's decision making time for you my dear.† It's† going to be a hard one to make but here's the choices for you.
Choice† #1: I stay in Vietnam until December 15 or December 1, we take our R&R in Hawaii† in† September and miss† each other for nine long months. Or;
Choice† #2:† You† find me a college in Los Angeles that will accept me as a student and will let me register on or† about September† 20th.† Then† I† will leave Vietnam September 15th and be home to you for good, go back to working at the† fire house, move home, no R&R, no more tax free money, etc.
I† know† you're† looking† forward to Hawaii but we'll still get there someday.† I know this puts a lot of† responsibility† on you but it's† worth† a† try† I† guess, because I really want to come home.† I hate it here.
See what you can† do.† Most† colleges †will break† the rules† to† get† someone† out† of Vietnam.† All† I need is a letter of acceptance and it must include the last day I† can register.† You† have† my† power of attorney so you can apply for me and I was going† to Valley† last† or† Glendale.† You might† drop† by one or the other and tell them the situation and see what they say.† I leave it up to you either way† but I do miss you terribly.
Movie time - see you later.
"Wild† in† the Streets" was really wild.† About a youth take over of the USA, etc.† Lots† of† scenes† of Hollywood, etc.
Later† - Mac just came over to discuss religion and we had a nice chat.† Mac is a real religious person who blesses† each meal† and makes me feel like I'm doing something bad 'cause I don't.
I love you dear but I'm so tired I'd better† get† some sleep.† I† hope you† can come up with something from one of the colleges, an acceptance letter or† something.† Maybe† if I pray real hard tonight!
I† can't wait† for your tape to get here so I can hear your beautiful voice again.† I'm sad that a lot of my last tape† didn't† record the first† time† because† it† explained how hard I tried to call you from Saigon on your birthday.† But† all† my† rides† fell through and left me stranded here in Cu-chi.
Nothing more to add.
(Editors† note:† The next letter should precede this one but due to limited memory in my computer it wasn't possible† to rearrange them after discovering the error.)