Randy Barnes – Letter #22 – Feb. 12, 1969
Dear Mom, Val & Everyone,
12 FEB – Wed
Not really anything much new to write about, everyday is like the other.
One of our V.N. K.P.’s came down with PLAGUE and died. I was pretty busy for awhile. We had to try & determine where she had contracted it and if any of our personel had become infected with it. Many Colonel’s & big shots out here – but all was in great shape.
Our Battery got a big write-up in the Stars & Stripes Newspaper telling about how we kept the Roads open and the Ambushes we had been in.
I was going to send it home but have decided to make a kind of scrapbook and put it in there. You’ll have to wait until I get home.
Not much action lately – Charlie must be laying low – Tet starts the 17th & runs to 21st but we don’t expect the V.C. to do much this year. We’re too prepared and he lost too much last year.
I’ll be sending a box home soon which contains some ARVN Special Forces berets, a periscope from a tank, and a piece of schrapnel from a V.C. 122 m.m. rocket that landed not to far from here (found it on the ground) “War Tropies” heh-heh
My new camera takes great shots. I just got back my first 2 rolls and am sending some to you & some to Dad – You “all” in turn can send them to Bill – But please eventually get those I send to you back.
Have taken a bunch of slides of the countryside which should be back soon – will send them on when I get them.
Our unit was cited for Valor due to an Ambush 2 of our Dusters fought their way out of (up by Dau Tieng) – So now I have a Presidential Citation.
Rainy season will be here in another month & I dread that – Oh well
Thanks for the dough & the clippings I got them a couple of days ago.
That’s all for now,