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These are letters home from the base hospital complex of Cam Ranh Bay, Vietnam, 1968-69. Although my father served overseas beginning late in the summer of 1968, we only have letters he sent to our mother beginning in the fall of that year, running to June of '69. They are a vivid, first-person account of the effects of war on a sensitive, educated man who also had a sense of humor, not unlike Hawkeye Pierce of M*A*S*H. But, after 25 years in the Air Force, he was also as regular Army as Col. Potter, so don't expect too much liberal drivel here. The clinical descriptions of wounded men are not for the easily-triggered. Some names have been abbreviated, personal info redacted, and the copy has been lightly-edited for clarity. Vol. 2 has more on the Tet Offensive of 1969, and other incidents. https://archive.org/details/DearTrudeVol2