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29-Love Letters from Vietnam: Hopelessly in Love and Waiting for 2nd Leave Home

Updated on October 8, 2009

President Obama's Speech to School Children

26 September, 1969

Link to Complete Index of Letters From Vietnam

Dear Kate,

Hello my love. It's the start of another weekend. I hope yours is filled with friends, fun, joy, and love. And I particularly hope it's void of lesson plans. No such luck, eh? It seems to me through your letters that you have been working pretty hard lately. That is, with your school work and the night class you're taking. Please Kate, take care of yourself. Don't be continuously on the go to the point of exhaustion. And for God's sake Kate, if you're tired, go to bed. Don't feel that it's imperative you write me a letter. As much as I enjoy receiving your letters, I'd much rather have you well and happy. Please forgive me if my concern has caused me to be a bit preachy.

Here things have been, well, "the same" seems to be an inadequate description. The inevitable has happened. I've got KP Monday. Oh, double drat. The only thing that will make it bearable is the thought that I might see you the weekend after. It's all up to the first sarge now. By the way, he's the one who makes out the KP rosters, the fink. Oops, perhaps I should reserve my judgment until this weekend. Now I'm in the process of getting all the paper work done needed for my O.C.S. application. It's a hell of a lot.

Well another weekend is closing in on me and with it, lonliness and heartache for you. How I long to see you again. You know what, Kate? I'm hopelessly in love with you. It never ceases to astound and overjoy me that Katy K. says she loves me. Thank you for your beautiful letter.

Love,

Tim

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      KatyWhoWaited 6 years ago

      Dear Bart,

      How I loved receiving your comment! When I first started posting these letters, I wanted to create the sense of connection between then and now on the exact day in question. I had been keeping up with posting the letters 40 years to the day they were written, but I drifted away from my timeline. It was extremely satisfying for me, however,that you picked up on that sense I was trying to create. Isn't it fascinating to think that while "Tim" was writing to me, someone 40 years later would comment on that letter? I used to think, BEFORE I met Tim (when I was about 20)that the person I was one day to marry was existing somewhere in the world and I would send a secret wishes to that "unknown" person, who ended up to be Tim, to have a peaceful,fulfilling day. (I think I acquired that perspective from the line from the old movie, "Tammy and the Bachelor". Debbie Reynold's character says something like: "Just think, that the same moon that's shining on me, is shining on Pete's tomatoes!"

      Your comment meant a great deal to me, and I thank you. My wish for you across the seas,Bart,is that your interest in history and the past leads you to your heart's desires.

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      Bart van Houten 6 years ago

      Dear Tim/Kate,

      I was born on the 26th of september 1969..

      I live in amsetrdam(the Netherlands) i don't know why but the Vietnam war always had my intrest.

      thank you for saring this moment on my birthday