Day 0 140 Days Left Letter from Okinawa. Last letter before Vietnam
Saturday Dear Maxie,
It's been quite a trip and quite a day. We arrived here in Okinawa after a 14 1/2 hour flight with a boring 2 hour layover in Hawaii. Did manage to get some sleep on the flights, and completely missed the 17th, it didn't exist.
We arrived here at 4 AM local time and were started immediately on the paperwork. The rest of the day has been pretty useless. I am scheduled to leave for DaNang at 5:15 in the morning, which doesn't give me any time here to see the island - we can't leave the base anyway.
I stored some of my uniforms and probably won't use what I'm taking with me. They must be terribly hard up for people - they're rushing us through everything and shipping us out as soon as possible with the sergeants going first. Seems so fast that I left the States on the 16th and will be in Viet Nam on the 19th. That isn't giving us much time to fool around - especially when the 17th didn't exist. Should know my address and have my assignment within a couple of days so you can write me without having to worry about my mail being forwarded.
Let me know if you get your allotment check around the first of the month Ė if not Iíll have to check on the paperwork.
I miss you, Maxie. I miss live and everything and yet I canít think about being away from you or the states too much or I wonít be able to do my job. In a way, itís a lot easier when Iím busy like I have been for the past couple of days because I donítí hat time to really think then and time seems to pass just a little faster. Hope that Iím kept busy in V.N. so that time will pass very fast till I can be with you.
I love you Gary
P.S. The next letter I write will be from Viet Nam