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Hello Dear Reader,

I'm "Katy," the recipient love letters from Vietnam that I started posting here a few years ago.  I had stopped copying the letters to hubpages and un-published them, I have since decided to complete this project and I am in the process of re-publishing this love story which holds emotions we all experience, dilemmas and decisions many of us face, and perhaps lessons to be learned about war and about love.

Backstory 

I met "Tim" at a party at a friend's house in November of 1968 when the Vietnam War was raging.  It was a party I wasn't sure I even wanted to attend, but one that changed my fate. I remember walking down the steps to the basement "rec room" of my friend's house and being immediately drawn to the person serving drinks behind the knotty pine "bar".  He was tall and dark and handsome, and he needed to speak only a few words to me before  I knew I was in love.

These letters are not great literary pieces, but I am climbing this mountain of recording them just because...  I've saved these pages for over 40 years so simply for that reason alone, they must have some value. Tim wrote almost every day while in Vietnam, but most of the letters merely express his love and lonliness.  Sprinkled in between the effusive sentiment that is percipitated only by lovers kept apart, are snippets of historical references.  Tim was not on the battlefield, but stationed at an Air Force base, but the effects of participating in that war were felt keenly nevertheless.  


 Re-writing these letters on hubpages has made me realize how blessed I was to have experienced the kind of love that is romanticized in storybooks and movies. But more than that, it has provided me, and continues to provide me, with insight to war, to love during wartime, and love after war.  My hope is that within these pages are insights that will be helpful in your own life because, at the very least, if our experiences are worth anything, they are worth being useful to a fellow traveler along this mysterious journey.

I have tried to relate our experiences in the 60s to topics relevant to today with links to websites I wish had been available back then.  Tim and I were in love during war, a precarious way to be in love.  

May the insights I've gleaned from looking back be helpful to you and your relationship and may warmth of love surround you always and give you joy.  

 

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