5 NOV 1968
Dear Mom and Dad,
I got the 6 cent letter a day earlier than usual! Sent on 31 OCT; got on 4 NOV. I finally got finance
straightened out and next payday I should get my full $500.00 pay check.
I guess things are still pretty normal here. I think I'm going to be made XO (Executive Officer) pretty
soon. That will be nice, no field, except payday and only paper work.
The company is moving again. Today we go to Dak To to spend the night. Tomorrow we have a 12 kilo hike
on a BDA (bomb damage assessment) mission North of FSB-29, then half of "B" Co. goes to 29 and me and the
other half goes to FSB-32. 29 has had incoming every day and night for almost a week and from 32 we'll be
able to see 32 getting hit. (should have said 29 getting hit...must have been
Capt. Morris, "C" Company CO, a good friend from my stay on 29, has had two direct 82mm mortar hits on his
CP bunker. The first cut his forehead and the second hit his leg. Capt. Morris is on his second tour here
and leaves DEC 9!
P.S. We went on a cordon and search of a village about 9 kilometers from the firebase. The entire Company
left at 0200 that night and surrounded the entire village of 350 people. We went through some stuff where
we had to get down and crawl to keep from slipping or just to get through. You wouldn't believe how dark
it can get under jungle canopy at night.
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