The Christmas 1968 meal we are about to eat was the second best event of the season. Turkey, the trimmings, pie, fresh fruit and treats such as dehydrated shrimp rather than C-rations; what a great deal! Canned peaches were the number one prize in a box of C’s and could be traded, but fresh fruit of any type was much better!
John Clark has a copy of the Christmas 1968 meal menu in his photo album on this site.
Four American POWs were to be exchanged for Vietnamese, west of our FSB near Cambodia, but the exchange was not completed until January 1, 1969.
I started my Vietnam tour at 205 lbs and dropped to 145 by completion. The last few months I had to force myself to eat because I was losing weight so rapidly.