Darling, believe me, I try my best not to skip a day in writing to you. If my mail means as much to you as yours does to me then I know how you feel when the mailbox is empty. Whether or not I get a letter determines if it's a good day or not.
- Captain Joseph Bush, Jr.,
in a letter home to
his wife, 25 June 1968
Please, my son, try to write as often as you can—even just a few words from you will help me and ease my tension and my mind. Every day I look for mail from you and every day I don't receive any is a disappointment. I know when you are out you can't write, but yet I keep looking for word from you.
- Mrs. Anne Bramson, in
a letter to her son in
Vietnam, 9 August 1970
There are no simple truths about the Vietnam War. It was a war that embodied the turbulence and ferment of the '60s. Young men fought an elusive enemy for a cause that wrenched apart the nation the longer it dragged on, a cause obscured, finally, by the absence of victory. In Vietnam, the illusion of American military omnipotence was shattered, It was our longest war, costing 58,000 American lives and 300,000 wounded. It