Letters From Vietnam-second letter
Chinook taking off for Hamburger Hill
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.
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Getting It Together
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
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
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
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.
SP/5 Dick Jr.
Ps Mom try to drop me a couple lines OK.
This is my rank for the SP5 - Specialist 5 rank
- Letters From Vietnam Third Letter
During the time I wrote this letter I had been In Country for six months. When you read it, compared to my early letters, I think you will be able to tell that my morale had taken a nose dive. At the time of...