2 pages in one letter...
16-19 OCT 1969
16 October 1969 Camp Enari
I inventoried Delta Company's property here in base camp and spoke with the company clerk. I then packed my
rucksack and got a CAR-15 (AR-15 Colt). Will go forward tomorrow.
17 October 1969 An Khe
I came out with the mail truck (we ran the "Mang Yang Pass"). Got a copy of hand receipt to begin my complete
property inventory. Am writing by flash light, cause trains just moved and BOQ has no lights. Surprised to
se so many new faces in just a month. My new DEROS date is 15 March, 149 days and a wake up till the Ides
18 October 1969 LZ Patricia
I came out to LZ Pat to see the Colonel and stayed, since my Company came here also. I am now in charge of
Delta Company 1st Bn, 8th Infantry. My XO is 1LT. John Hines, 1SGT Madden is our "Top". TOC is located here
with us and the usual problems of being on the same firebase with the boss. Sent second platoon to secure a
tank for 1/69 armor. Had to borrow some C-rations from Capt Gold of A Company to give them. Third platoon is
at K-nach as a stay behind ambush. Lt North
is 20 or more klicks from help of any kind. 1st impression of Lt. Holden - plenty of potential. Top calm but efficient. Top and I are going to get along just great I think. Mortar
section is project #1.
19 October 1969 LZ Pat
Expect 2cd and 3rd platoons back tomorrow with 1st on 15 minute standby. Required daily rosters of Dapsone
visually verified by squad leaders and once a week rosters by platoon leaders for Chloroquine-Primaquine
visual verification. Also Sunday a report of protective masks and parts needed. Daily by 0700 weapons
cleanliness status report. Briefed RTO's on radio policies. Put out word about grenades double pinned,
taped and in pouches. Got in beer and soda today, 56 cases...finally got my rucksack. ADC-B visited-one
bunker my sector, not pleased. Corrective action being taken to prevent a recurrence.
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