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While the soldiers were stationed in Vietnam all they had was each other In the beginning of her letter to her son Eleanor Wimbish writes I used to wonder how scared and home sick you must have been in that strange country called Vietnam And if how it might have changed you here she questions if her son was among any friends in a country where the Americans where the enemies The key part of that statement though is used to think after Eleanor got in contact with Billys friend from Michigan who was stationed with him in Vietnam she realized that the soldiers among themselves where a family Billys friend from Michigan told her how her son had remained the same happy go lucky guy that he was not faded by the effects of was while others were getting angrier and angrier In her letter to her son she writes what her sons friend told her How your warmth and friendliness drew the guys to you How your lieutenant gave you the nickname of Spanky and soon your group Jim included were also known as Spankys gang How when you died it made it so much harder on them for you were their moral support That helped Billys mother realized that the soldiers were a band of brothers and that her son was seen as the oldest brother the one they all looked up to She also realized that her son was not alone and that even if he was homesick it would be alright because he had another family in Vietnam to take care of his brothers In the letter to her son eleanore Wimbish writes Later that same day I received a phone call from a mother in Billings montana She had lost her daughter her only child a
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