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Archive for July, 1970

Jul 1, 1970

Robert Stewart

“Ben Luc – Battalion commander, Gearin, closed the NCO club…too many fights.”

Jul 1, 1970

Chamberlain

“Ben Luc – FSB’s…only ones left with people from the battalion.  Trac Cu belongs to the Navy as before.  Gettysburg, Shiloh, and Jackson are no longer in Existence. Neither is the small base outside the Sugar Mill.”

Jul 1, 1970

John Bullock

A.P. on river by boat.

Jul 2, 1970

John Bullock

Ben Luc. I’ve got 94 days in now the 30th of June was my third month here. I’ve got 283 days to go. Stand down today.

Jul 2, 1970

John Bullock letter

“Came in from our A.P. On the river this morning and didn’t get breakfast. …called for them to hold chow, ….somebody got their wires crossed. We spend the night in then airmobile tomorrow and A.P. tomorrow night. ..get the day and night of July 4th off. … A steak fry and beer bust. Everybody is [...]

Jul 6, 1970

John Bullock

“Ben Luc. Didn’t go out last night; the air cushioned vehicles broke down, so they brought us back in. We were in night before last and all the day before, July 4. They cooked beans, baked potatoes, potato salad, etc., and barbecued steak from 1:00 on. I had 3 steaks before I quit. They also [...]

Jul 7, 1970

John Bullock letter

“Thought I would start a letter while we were out in the bush. Can you guess what I am writing on? (toilet paper). It’s all the paper I have with me. The cookies you sent were pretty good. I got them yesterday and they were almost gone this morning. I had plenty of help. Things [...]

Jul 8, 1970

John Bullock

“Ben Luc. Got a stand down tonight. The last two nights we went out on air cushioned vehicles and A.P.-ed and saw nothing as usual. The PX truck was in from Tan An yesterday and I bought a cassette tape player, so I’ll send you a letter by tape as soon as I can get [...]

Jul 12, 1970

John Bullock

“Ben Luc. Just got back from a two day op. The water didn’t bother my foot much, so I guess it is almost healed. We are operating out near the river by Duc Hoa. We didn’t see a thing out there but a million mosquitoes… “

Jul 12, 1970

John Bullock letter

“…the mosquitoes are trying to drive us mad. We were out in the field last night. I just couldn’t get away from them. I covered up completely with a poncho, but they found places to get in anyway. We were on a two day op …..brought us all the way in by boats. Yesterday our [...]

Jul 13, 1970

John Bullock

A.P. by boat.

Jul 14, 1970

John Bullock

Third platoon stands down.

Jul 15, 1970

John Bullock

A.P. by trucks near Ben Luc.

Jul 17, 1970

John Bullock

After one day stand down go on Eagle Flight today and truck to a.p. at night.

Jul 18, 1970

John Bullock letter

“They have been trying to work us to death lately, and our C.O. expects more of the same to come. I suppose Lt. Col. Gearin wants to leave his mark before he goes. Officers are suppose to be in command only 6 months so he’s about finished here. If the 9th is pulling out relatively [...]

Jul 18, 1970

John Bullock

“Ben Luc. I’ve got 267 days to go; doesn’t seem like I’ve been here 111 days already… We airmobiled yesterday and made four insertions, then came back here for chow before going out again last night on a bush. We were supposed to be in tonight, but looks like we will stay in tomorrow night [...]

Jul 19, 1970

John Bullock

Stand down.

Jul 20, 1970

John Bullock

Eagle Flight.

Jul 21, 1970

John Bullock

Walk to a.p.

Jul 22, 1970

John Bullock

“Ben Luc. We are still at Camp Keaton and could stay here until we leave… About Sept we are supposed to be sent to Zion. That was where 1st Div headquarters was… They are processing everyone in Alpha Company today, getting our records in order and up to date so we will be ready to [...]

Jul 23, 1970

John Bullock

Stand Down.

Jul 24, 1970

Robert Stewart

talked to LNO rto who came out of the field for job.  Now getting short. Still PFC…same as me.

Jul 24, 1970

John Bullock

Eagle Flight and a.p.

Jul 25, 1970

John Bullock

“Ben Luc. Just got back in this morning. We went on airmobile yesterday then set up a bush last night. Then we had to walk in this morning because they couldn’t get us trucks… I’ve got five more days and the fourth month will be gone. Two hundred and sixty days to go as of [...]

Jul 25, 1970

John Bullock letter

“Have another month of operations here before the 9th pulls out. Old Gearin will probably try to run us into the ground, since it will be his last chance. I wrote Algie, Steve Rucker and ….Bob Ham….just got news…we’re going on a ten day op so if you don’t hear from me don’t worry. …going [...]

Jul 26, 1970

John Bullock

Stand down.

Jul 28, 1970

John Bullock

A.P.

Jul 29, 1970

John Bullock

To Jerod and to Chamberlain.

Jul 30, 1970

John Bullock

Airmobile from Chamberlain end at Ben Luc.

Jul 30, 1970

John Bullock letter

..kept us busy working. We started at 7 a.m… worked until we went on bunker guard or out to A.P. We finished leveling Jackson…..the civilians got so heavy that we couldn’t keep them out. They carried off everything they could get their hands on. You wouldn’t believe the size of the beams those little people [...]

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