Vietnam Letters #74

Postmark 29th July, 1970

25 Blacket Street,
Downer ACT
, 2602
(Tues) 28-7-70

My Dearest Jock,

So sorry for not writing these last few days but I have been fairly busy. I did go to the social on Saturday night at the Golf Club with Wally, Betty, Kerrod & Maureen. Barbara & Sandy & Pat & Margaret were with us too. I can’t say that I enjoyed myself, but it did me a lot of good just to get out. While I was there I felt so lonely for you & at times I had to stop my self from crying, for I kept remembering the wonderful time we ad to-gether up there before you left, and there was the same band there & they played mostly the same tunes that they played the night we were there which made it worse. I tried hard to look happy & to seem as though I was enjoying myself as the others were all trying there best to make me enjoy myself. Wally, Sandy, Kerrod & Pat all took turns in dancing with me. By midnight I was very tired & would have loved to have gone home, but it was about 2 AM before we left. Julie baby sat for me and she also stayed with the boys the next morning while I went to Mass. It was 8AM Mass & I must say I didn’t feel much like getting out of bed, but I made it, luckily. Mum & Dad arrived in Berridale at about 1PM that day, & Jeanette & Chris & Jim came over that afternoon & Vernon & Neil came about tea time. Then it was late when they left & even though I wanted to write to you I was so tired that I could hardly keep my eyes open. Then the next morning (Mon) after I got packed up we left Berridale at about 11.45 & we stopped in Cooma for a while, Dad put his watch in to be fixed & I hope you don’t mind but I lent him yours to wear until he gets his back.It is really best for it to be worn as if a watch or clock is not going the oil dries up in it, and being automatic you can’t wind it to keep it going. I used to give it a shake every day, but it would only go for about 10 to 15 mins. We arrived here about 3PM on Mon & then by the time we got settled in I was just to tired last night to write too.

Aunty Zerephy¬† has been sick with the flu for a while & Mum had been trying to get her¬† to see a Dr. but she wouldn’t. But this morning at 6 AM we got a phone call from a friend of hers in Bungendore to say that the Ambulance had just taken her to hospital. Mum rang the Dr. at lunch time to-day to see how she was, & he said that she has been improving with the treatment they are giving her, & he is not sure whether it is the Hong Kong flu that she has or not.

Dads brother Leo & his son Evan are staying here to-night they had been around at Ron’s, but Rosemary’s parents came to-day, & as they haven’t got enough room or all of them, Uncle Leo & Evan came around here to sleep.

I must close for now Darling as it’s 11.40PM. You have all my love forever my Dearest,

Yours always,

Sandra.

Postmark 29th July, 1970

31st July 1970

My Dearest Sandra,

Well darling I guess by now you are in Dubbo or on your way up, I hope you had a good trip up and the boys weren’t too much trouble.Have been getting things rather easy the last two days. We are at a fire support base by day where we sleep all day and rest up to go out at night ambushing by A.P.C. We are about a 1/4 of a mile from the beach, and to-day we all went down for an hour for a swim, it was quite good too I quite enjoyed it. We are still getting wet every night, but I think I am getting used to it now. I hope everything goes off ok to-morrow. We are going back to Nui Dat on Sunday the 2nd we are supposed to go on our last R&C to Vung Jau on the 5th or 6th. It only about seventy days and I think we will be on our way home, boy how I want to get home. I love you Sandra and am just busting to get home to you, I guess time will get slower everyday now, but it’s only ten weeks, not long of you say it quick, but I suppose it will seem like months. Well dear I am just stuck for things to write about except I love you and will always. I hope everything goes ok and you don’t have too many drinks to-morrow, only wish I could be with you.

Loving you forever,

Yours always,

Jock.

Postmark 31st July, 1970

(Thurs) 30-7-70

My Dearest Jock,

Well here we are on the road to Dubbo, we are now travelling between Greenfell & Forbes. We got away from Canberra at 10.20AM & arrived in Young at about 1PM, and called at Simon’s to have a cup of tea & our sandwiches that we had packed. When we arrived there Charlie had just brought Pat home from hospital, where she has been for nearly 3 weeks, she was very sick with the flu, and Noelene & Charlie had been in hospital too, they came out a few days ago, Noelene had the flu & Charlie had the flu & a stone in his kidneys. We left there at about 2PM. I hope you can read this scribble as I am a bit cramped up, Michael is asleep on the seat beside me & Brian is asleep on the floor & John is asleep in Mum’s lap in the front.

I rang the airlines yesterday to book my seat to come back next Wed, but I can only come back on a Sat & I will have to change planes twice at Syd & at Canberra & there is a fairly long wait between planes, so I think that I may as well come home by train next Fri (7th) as it will be much cheaper & I have to change trains twice too but there is only a 20 mins wait between trains at Orange & at Syd.

I received a letter from you yesterday Darling, which your mother readdressed from Berridale, & I guess it will be my last one from you until I get home again.

We just pulled up & had a walk around as I was feeling very sick, I feel a little bit better now, but I think I will finish up for now Dear as I really don’t feel the best.

You ave all my love forever my love,

May God Bless & Protect you,

Yours Always,

Sandra. xxxx

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