Wed Dear Maxie, Gee the mail service is funny here. Yesterday I got three letters from you and today I got none. I donít know how they work it, but I with theyíd get it straightened out. Still havenít gotten that back mail Ė was talking to one guy in the office who said that it took 6 weeks for his to catch up with him. Itís a bad day when I donít hear. If it seem like I live for your letters Ė I do. Itís the only thing I have to live for here. Knowing that youíre waiting for me and love me makes me keep going because I know that I have someone great to come home to. Today was another normal day. Took a trip to Quang Tri Ė about 10 miles south of here to try to do some paper work and accomplished exactly nothing. At least it was a break from the routine even if it was dirty and hot. Trips are pretty slow over here because the roads are bad and the traffic is weird. The Vietnamese travel around in funny looking, small busses with people packed in and hanging out the back. I got a picture of one Ė hope it turns out. Every one up here seems so poor. They all farm, but I havenít seen anything like a tractor here. They all plow with water buffalo and work the paddies by hand. So many of the buildings are shacks and a lot of the ones that arenít are bombed out. The U.S. is going to be so beautiful when I get back. Itís going to be so great to talk to someone who really understands English and isnít in the service. The people in the ville Ė where I get my laundry speak a sort of English that sounds like a parrot talking. Gee, Iíll be glad to get back. The movie tonight was horrible Ė I left halfway through it. I donít even know what the name of it was and donít even care. We had a cook out tonight. We got some dehydrated steaks and cooked them out back. They were pretty good and I ate about 6. Itís a shame we donít have anything to go with them. Iím dying for a green salad, fresh fruit and vegetables. Such things are impossible to get over here unless youíre a General. Have been talking to some of the guys that have been down to Da Nang. They live like kings down there. Itís almost like being in the states there. They have air conditioning, ice cream, good chow, no incoming and decent living quarters and even USO shows. Theyíre afraid to come up here Ė I guess. Anyway, I havenít seen one up here or even heard of one. Guess itís hard being away anywhere a person is. It still seems unfair for some people Ė our people in the bush Ė to do all of the fighting and for others to do nothing and still bitch. Guess it just the way it goes. The next company Ė K Ė really got it bad today out in the field. They went almost to the border of Laos and ran into a bunch of dug in NVA. They had 5 killed, 2 missing and good many wounded. Seems such a waste. Does anyone back in the states really care about this war? I know I donít as far as Iím concerned they could pull everyone out of this country and leave. It seems such a waste to have guys killed and messed up for life over such a stinking war that nobody wants.
Enough of that Ė howís everything going back there? I feel like Iím missing so much. Iíd love to be able to talk to you without having to wait 10 days for an answer. Just talking to you will be great. I miss you. I love you. Yours, Gary
Excuse the paper being dirty. Itís humid and Iím sweating. Iíll go take a shower and see if that helps. I shouldnít sweat at night but I am