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Ive been pretty depressed lately hopefully writing to you will help my depression out Im in the village of Than Khe I cant wait to see you when I finish my tour but as of right now I do not know when that is Its been so hard for me out here I did not know what I was getting myself into when I decided to enroll in the war There are not only physical burdens that go along with a Vietnam soldier but there are also emotional burdens Ill tell you just the other day my friend Sgt Slovin died stepping on a land mine I knew I could do nothing for him so I just ran away like a coward I would never do that if I werent in the war I just dont know what has gotten into me My lieutenant Lt Parvin has taught all of us to be angry strong and mean but I dont know if I can do that anymore He tells us that our job is to search and kill anyone that is our enemy How can anyones mindset be to search and killI havent had much sleep lately as weve been in a firefight with those stupid Vietnamese all day long At the end of each day I cant wait to go to sleep and replenish my strength however most of the time I am too scared to close my eyes Im sometimes even scared of my own soldiers A couple of days ago two of my fellow soldiers got into a huge fistfight after one of them stole a knife from the other They ended up becoming very inseparable with one another though Some people are so crazy out here Just the other day I saw another one of our soldiers sitting in the tent talking to himself On another note yesterday I was in a firefight and I got shot in the arm with
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