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Sep 12, 1970

John Bullock letter

“Bien Hoa. ..went though the Academy processing here today so I could ship out any time from tomorrow on. I’m to go to the 12 Cav regiment, 2nd battalion, company C … Operating out of a place called Fire Base Sally. …there’s a possibility I could end up a squad leader, but I’m not planning on it. I saw the movie tonight they are showing so I’ve written letters instead. Last night pulled walking guard around the officer’s hooch. Some new guy in country threw a grenade in the movie audience and wounded 14 people. Guess it was good thing I was pulling guard. He thought he would throw it on the roof and scare everyone, but it rolled off and on the ground before it went off. He turned himself in this afternoon. Was a cook. They were trying to blame the in- Country transfers. If an in-country transfer had thrown it, he would have done it in a lifers hooch, not among his fellow GIs. Just a freak think really, but it sure makes you mad. He will be in jail for a long time, but they should hang him. Anyway, my luck seems to be holding up very well and that makes me feel good. Actually, I would have been sitting with my friends from the 9th Div and wouldn’t have been hurt anyway. No one is going to the same place that I am …..have no choice but starting out making new friends. It worries me a little because there is more jungle up here and I’m used to working the flat, open places of the delta. I’ll adjust I guess, anyway I have too.”

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