only thing better than you getting a package full of goodies
from home was somebody in your squad getting a package of
goodies from home. We lived for the mail and even more so for
packages. Coming back from a long-range patrol or an operation
was not complete without a box addressed to you.
fudge, stale popcorn, more Kool-Aid, and homemade cookies were
common, as was more film. Every once in a while everyday
necessities such as Band-Aids, iodine and spices brought a smile
to our faces.
it was the sweets that ruled. And if we had a rule, it was you
had to share with the guys. You got first pick of the treats and
took out the personal sundries ... then it was time to share.
And, Lord help the guy that didn't. He'd never see a treat out
of anyone else's package from home again.
letters, packages did not make it out to the bush. They sat back
at Vandegrift until we returned. In June and July of 1969, that
wait was a long
one. (Please see Photo No. 20)