1 May 1967
My Dearest Darling,
Will write you again today to tell you I love you and miss you so much that it hurts. I hope this finds you alright. As for me I am doing ok.
I went on MEDCAP this morning. That is where doctors go into a village and treat the sick. I went along as guard. I really enjoyed it. The kids are all hustlers. They either want to shine your shoes or sell you something. They had some real pretty things for women and I am going to get you some of these things before I come home. I would get them now, but, darling you don’t know the trouble it is to send things home over here. You have to wait in line for so long that it is awful.
I am going to send you the $100.00 the 5th of this month. I will send it by money order. Pat, may have your allotment increased by $100.00 for it is a bitch to get a money order every month. I will let you know more about it if I decide to do it.
How is your father and mother and the kids doing? Tell them I said hello and I wish I could see all of them.
Pat, I am writing this letter with a towel spread across the paper where my hand lays for it is so hot that I am sitting here with sweat dropping off of me. If I didn’t use the towel, the paper would be soaking wet. I never seen anything like this country and its weather.
Well, Darling every time a new month comes in that means we are getting close to being together. I can hardly wait till that day.
How is my Lobo doing? Give him a little loving for me and don’t be too rough on him for he is a pretty good dog.
Has it begun to get warm there yet? I wish I was there so we could grill hamburgers and steaks like we used to do. Someday we will do these things again.
Baby, I swear every time I start writing I can’t think of anything to write. It happens every time.
In the village this morning, I just had one shoe on and I got it shined twice. I also bought me a switch-blade knife for three dollars. It is a fairly good knife. This one little boy came up to me and shined my boot and then he sat down by me and said, “I like you. You’re my friend.” He put his arm around me and just kept sitting by me. Course I was watching for Charlie for today was a big communist holiday and they expected us to get sniper fire but we didn’t. This one kid that I said I was his friend was nine years old and Pat, I swear his size was about that of a four or five year old in the states. This one little boy that I bought my knife from he was sure enough a hustler for whatever you wanted he could get it for you in about ten minutes. He was a sharp operator. After I bought the knife from him he brought me a Coca-Cola. I would enjoy it over here a lot more if we went into more often and try to help the people for if you could see them you would say they sure needed help.
Well, Darling I am going to close for I have run out of things to say; like I said before it is so hot I can’t concentrate on anything. Remember I love you and miss you so much. I will always love you and I am just living for the day that I get home to you and my son. Bye for now and I love you very, very much. I love you.
Love you always,
James Wayne Chambers
December 26, 1942 – September 17, 1967
Casualty Country: South Vietnam
Casualty Province: Binh Duong
i know Your father would be proud of You. Growing up without a father is a fatal trip for many; for others, it often includes a lot of time in prison. i was about Your age when i ‘started’ to get straightened out, but the last 21 years (Thank God) have been the best of my life thus far. You are one in a million, Chance. i am very happy for You……..c
Thank you, Curtis. I really appreciate that.
I think of your dad often. More so during the holidays, the hardest time of year for me. Great bodega – never stop filling the shelves.
Thank you for the very nice note, Ken. It’s very good to hear from you! I’m going to send you a longer message at the Comcast email, if that’s okay.
Looking forward to it.