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Go forward until the last round is fired and the last drop of gas is expended...then go forward on foot!

-- General George Patton Jr

Vietnam20 Oct 68
Dear everybody,
Well it's another rainy day in Vietnam. When they say its been known to rain 40 days and nights you can believe it.

Today I had to fill sandbags and build a bunker where a mortar round came in last night. No big worry. It was at least 300 yards away. That's for really!
Tomorrow I draw my rifle and packs and the rest of my gear.

You wouldn't believe this but I've slept better in Vietnam than I have in a long time. The food ain't been too bad but the only thing is that supplies are hard to come by so there is only two meals a day. Everybody says An Hoa is gonna be another Khe Sanh. I hope not.

A lot of guys are getting souvenirs of the NVA like crazy, so if I do I'll send it home to Tommy. I've seen NVA watches, belts, hats, and canteens that are engraved.

Well got to go for now. Take care & God bless ya all.

Love, Paul


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