... I can tell you truthfully, I doubt if I'll come out of this war alive. In my original squad I'm the only one left unharmed. In my platoon there's only 13 of us. It seems every day another young guy 18 and 19 years old like myself is killed in action.... All of us are scared cause we know a lot of us won't make it.
Like 58,000 others, Private Raymond Griffiths, who wrote these words, didn't make it. He was killed in action in 1966, on the Fourth of July.
The letters which follow are, in many respects, unremarkable - except for the fact that they are the last letters written by GIs who within days would become statistics in the body count. Unlike Ray Griffiths, none of those who wrote these letters foresaw imminent demise, at least not in their final letter home. They did, however, go home sooner than they had imagined, and not as they had hoped____________________