Posts made in October, 2018

A Quote from Me

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A Quote from Me

Although they had taken days longer than expected, letters were beginning to arrive,  Frank and I had both been very worried about each other but getting a letter helped calm our fears. Frank sounded so happy in his last few letters and that made me happy.  It always made me feel better when I knew he was light-hearted and not so depressed.  For some reason, I felt that he was safer from danger.  Frank felt the same way about me.  When I wrote a letter that was upbeat, he knew that I had a good day and was not depressed which meant I was probably eating right.  Frank was so afraid that I...

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Two Week R&R

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Two Week R&R

During 1971, Vietnam soldiers deployed for a year in a combat theater could take a two week R&R to the states.  Frank and I had discussed this before he left but had decided to meet in California after he got out of the Army. In a moment of weakness, I wrote to Frank asking him to come home on a two week R&R. Frank wrote me back explaining his decision and why. April 23, 1971 Dear Nancy, How’s my lover today?  I hope you’re fine. Hey, I’m off today!  How about that?  I only had to work 30 days this time.  Last night was my night to write to you but I waited till...

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Third Anniversary Blues

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Third Anniversary Blues

Frank has written “Happiness is Love” many times in his letters. This saying came off of a big card I sent him while he was in Vietnam. The card had Snoopy dancing on the front of it with “Happiness is Love” above Snoopy’s head. Frank kept it taped to the wall next to the side of his bed.  On that same wall, he kept taped pictures that his four-year-old little sister, Cindy, had colored for him.  Another really special thing that Frank and Cindy did, was to send each other freckles through letters. Frank was pretty down in the dumps in his next letter to me. ...

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Doll, Jewlery, Dear John

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Doll, Jewlery, Dear John

Frank and I made it through our third Wedding Anniversary without being physically together but the distance between us could not separate our hearts and souls that day. On our third Wedding Anniversary, I was kept busy by the family around me to keep my mind off of the fact that Frank was not there.  Frank had good friends around him that kept him busy too. In Frank’s next letter he tells me a little about what he did in Phu Bai, Vietnam on our third Wedding Anniversary. May 10, 1971 Dear Nancy, How’s my wife today?  I hope fine and very much in love with me.  I’m sorry I...

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A Tape & Another Gift

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A Tape & Another Gift

As you know from the last chapter, Frank has been asking me lots of questions that I have not answered. I made Frank a cassette tape then sent it to him with some of the answers to his questions and some other things that had been going on in my life.  I do not have this cassette tape but really wishing I had the cassette that was in the plastic cover of the one that Frank mailed to me which I found with the letters. One of the most upsetting things that had been going on had to do with my job.  The man who owned the business had a nephew who needed a job, so it was decided that he would be...

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