|Decorating a Christmas tree in Tan Son Nhut, - 1965|
homesick and war-weary U.S. soldiers in Vietnam, during the war.
Christmas was always the hardest, being so far from home and loved ones.
Everyone tried to bring at least a little traditional Christmas spirit to their bases, tents, hooches, and outposts.
Christmas cheer often arrived in the mail, with "tube trees", a bottle of scotch, Christmas cards and letters, tins of Christmas cookies, or a welcomed pair of dry socks.
Some of the troops were treated to a full-on Christmas dinner with turkey and all the fixings: mashed potatoes, vegetables, rolls, sweet potatoes, and pumpkin pie. Many others (way too many) just ate their normal C-rations.
Soldiers quietly celebrated Christmas wherever they were, in whatever ways they could, but always, their thoughts and hearts were centered at "home" ...
|Christmas dinner from the mess hall - 1967|
|Reading a Christmas card, - 1968|
|1st Battalion, 4th Marines - 1967|
|Christmas at Tay Ninh with a "Tube Tree"|
|Wrapping Presents for the Lae Quang Orphanage, 1969|
|Opening Christmas Gifts from Home - 1965|
|Vietnam 1967 - Decorating a Christmas Bush|
To all of my friends ...
With love and respect,
“I am only one, but I am one. I can't do everything, but I can do something. The something I ought to do, I can do, and by the grace of God, I will.” ~Everett Hale
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