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Letters From Vietnam-second letter

Updated on May 2, 2010

Chinook taking off for Hamburger Hill

June 3,1969

This is my second letter in a series of letters from my tour in Vietnam. Most of my tour was with the Mobile Riverine Force, 9th Infantry Division, on the Mekong Delta.

Its amazing, that when I read these letters, how at times the memories can be crystal clear makes my heart skip a beat. Looking at this picture I can just feel the intense pressure of air caused by the huge blades of the Chinook chopper. The deafening sound of the Chinook was overwhelming. That day was the first time I had flown on a Chinook I was excited and frightened. It was a ride I will always remember.

I want to thank all the people who read my first Hub and for the wonderful comments. The Hub Pages are awesome, I will have a great time reading the different Hubs, and publishing more of my own.

© copywrite April 24, 2010, Richard D. Patterson, Jr. All rights reserved by author.

Getting It Together

Forget about eating at this table for awhile!
Forget about eating at this table for awhile!

June 3, 1969

Text of letter

 

Dear Mom, Dad, & Sherry                                                                             June 3, 1969

 

  How are you folks?  I hope you are all well.  I am sorry for not writing sooner but we have really been busy, you folks probably heard about Hamburger Hill, well it was such a big operation that it even affected us down in the delta.  The 1st Calvary Division called us for 4,ooo rounds of 105 ammunition to be flown up to there location.  They sent a Chinook to pick it up, a Chinook is a large helicopter used for carrying ammo, supplies, etc. it was the first time a Chinook had ever landed on the LST, and everything that wasn’t tied down flow away, the Chinook has a down draft of 100 miles per hour.

  

  Zorro and myself went with the Chinook when it took the first load of

 

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  Ammo, we went write over the field but didn’t go near the hill

The marines still hadn’t gotten very far the Chinook dropped the load of ammo and than we started up but there were so many bullet rounds in the air that we had to stay on the ground until the jets came and dropped there load of bombs they must have dropped over 33 500Lbs bombs, Charlie was dazed for a little while so we took off, we were glad to get back to the ship.  I took a couple pictures of the Chinook on the LST one of them didn’t come out to well but you can tell by looking at it just how big it was.

 

  Charlie has been getting a little restless in the Delta to, Tan Ann was hit pretty hard My Tho

 

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  he’s probably pretty mad because we took the hill from him.  We’ve been having a hard time trying to keep enough ammo on hand, you folks wouldn’t believe how much ammo we use in one week.

 

  Now for some darn good news’s, on the first of June I went in to Dong Tam to get the mail and as I was picking it up the first sergeant told me that the Captain wanted to see me so I went to his office and he gave me my orders saying I made SP/5, WOW was I glad to get it, more money and little more up in rank.  So now you folks will have to remember to put SP/5 in front of my name, Mom was John Weber a SP/5?  I couldn’t see his rank on his arm in the pictures of the wedding.

 

More good news’s Lt. Flock came

 

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  back from his emergency leave we were all glad to see him the Lt. they sent out to take his place was a real dud.  So everything is coming along fine now.

 

  Sherry if you wanted to borrow $60.00 from me its OK with me, Id like to see you get one of those falls.  Well I have to make this letter short the mail will go out before I get it mailed.  Take good care, I miss and love yah all.

 

                                                                             Love Always

                                                                         SP/5 Dick Jr.

Ps Mom try to drop me a couple lines OK.

 

This is my rank for the SP5 - Specialist 5 rank

I was very proud to be promoted to this rank at such an early stage in my tour
I was very proud to be promoted to this rank at such an early stage in my tour

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      Ranger375 

      7 years ago

      Your stories are as amazing as you are and better then any Hollywood version. Keep posting and healing Uncle! I can't wait to read your book! Your Nephew.......Ed

    • NamVetRich profile imageAUTHOR

      NamVetRich 

      8 years ago from Springfield Oregon

      earnestshub, again thank you sir. It was just luck that the letters were saved I do not believe at this time in my life that I could recall all the events that were happening at that time. It took me many years before I could watch any movies about Vietnam, and some I must say were so over the top. Thank you earnest.

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      earnestshub 

      8 years ago from Melbourne Australia

      I read these in the right order, but it would not matter if I didn't.

      The accounts are stark as truth. It is a lot more informative to read these letters than to see some movie directors version of Vietnam.

      Why don't we see movies written from stories like these?

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      George 

      8 years ago

      Your description of events at that time are awesome, and how you wanted to stay connected to folks back home. Great reading

    • NamVetRich profile imageAUTHOR

      NamVetRich 

      8 years ago from Springfield Oregon

      Micky

      Thank you for your comment, "how" your so right on about that. I sure enjoy reading your Hubs, you are a great writer

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      Micky Dee 

      8 years ago

      Great letter NamVetRich. I have no idea where mine are. So much is lost. I do agree with the song. War is good for nothing! We did what we had to do. Everyday was spent wondering if it would be the last. There was little time to dwell on it but it crossed my mind "how". God bless you sir!

    • NamVetRich profile imageAUTHOR

      NamVetRich 

      8 years ago from Springfield Oregon

      Annette

      She wanted to borrow money to buy a hair-piece at that time they were called falls, I quess she had it for years. Thanks for your comment

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      Annette 

      8 years ago

      I loved your signature on your letter SP 15!What was it you wanted to help Sherry buy? Did she take you up on it like a dutiful little sister? Thanks for sharing.

    • NamVetRich profile imageAUTHOR

      NamVetRich 

      8 years ago from Springfield Oregon

      Thank you Liz, it's not been easy, but the encouraging comments keep me going. It is amazing how these letters bring back such feelings. I owe this mostly to my Mom, gandma, and great Auntie for saving alot of my letters.

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      Sherry Mullins 

      8 years ago

      These letters take me back to when I was in high school and waiting for letters from you dear brother. I got that "fall"long hair piece and wore it so much I finally wore it out had it many years. It means so much to me to think with all you were going through you thought of me. Thanks. Love Your baby sister

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      liswilliams 

      8 years ago from South Africa

      you really captured life as it were, great hub!

    • NamVetRich profile imageAUTHOR

      NamVetRich 

      8 years ago from Springfield Oregon

      Hmrjmr1, thanks for the comment, yeah they were really loud, you could here those big birds coming up the river from a distants, they were awesome.

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      Hmrjmr1 

      8 years ago from Georgia, USA

      NVR - Great job looking forward to more, I can smell the jp4 and hear the 28v whine in the headset...

    • NamVetRich profile imageAUTHOR

      NamVetRich 

      8 years ago from Springfield Oregon

      The voice. Thank you for your comment. It is great to here such encouraging words, God Bless

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      thevoice 

      8 years ago from carthage ill

      God blessed letter the war no one remembers amazing work thanks

    • NamVetRich profile imageAUTHOR

      NamVetRich 

      8 years ago from Springfield Oregon

      ron, thanks for your comment gives me courage to go on

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      NamVetRich 

      8 years ago from Springfield Oregon

      It is a great song, and really hits home, thanks for viewing my HUb

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      Ron 

      8 years ago

      Great job expressing your self, you make me feel as though I am there sharing the experience with you. Keep up the good work I love sharing it with you.

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      mega1 

      8 years ago

      This song is perfect - I haven't read the whole thing yet but I will tonight - good job!

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