Nam Phong, Thailand
November 29, 1972

Dear Mom & Dad,

Sorry to be so long about writing, but I've been pretty busy lately. I've been flying alot. I'll probably have more flight hours than anyone else in the squadron this month.

It looks like the peace talks fell through. We were afraid that would happen.

I should have more than enough money to completely pay for the car now, but I'd like to hold off. If the car isn't paid off that's about $1500 worth of extra life insurance because if anything happens to me the car is paid for, free and clear.

Well, I'm off to bed. Kiss Karoni for me.

Love,
Ron





Nam Phong, Thailand
December 4, 1972

Dear Mom & Dad,

I flew my 42nd mission last night. I had enough points for my third air medal after number forty. I'm hoping the peace talks are fruitful this time. I'd like to think that I've been shot at for the last time.

The weather here is getting cool. It gets down to sixty at night which is pretty cold when you're sleeping in a tent and don't have but one blanket.

I got a letter from Don saying you both were real proud of Larry's new hairstyle. I bet it's not as short as mine.

There's a good chance we're going to get the Bob Hope Christmas Show here. An advance team came through yesterday. They said that since this was the most humble American base in the world, he would probably come here.

I've got duty so I'd better close and see what's going on. Kiss Karoni for me.

Love,
Ron





Nam Phong, Thailand
December 17, 1972

Dear Mom & Dad,

I just got back from Okinawa where I took a pressure chamber refresher course. I really had a nice time. Three old Aggie buddies were there, and that made it great. Besides, it was nice to enjoy good food and clean sheets for a change.

I found out today that the squadron I was in at Cherry point lost an airplane about a week ago. Neither the pilot nor the bombardier/navigator got out.I knew them both. They were both great guys.

Guess I'd better close. Give Karoni a kiss for me.

Love,
Ron





Nam Phong, Thailand
December 20, 1972

Dear Mom & Dad,

Hi. I hope this letter finds you both doing well. I'm afraid Kissinger's "Peace is at hand" statement may prove to be the joke of the decade.

At least Nixon is fighting the war the way it should be fought now. For the past eight years, the B-52 crews have been getting most of the glory, but haven't had to take the chances the rest of us have taken. Now they are earning those medals they have been wearing. I'm glad Charlie Parada (an Aggie buddy) has gone back to the states.

I was the group operations duty officer the night we started bombing north of the 20th parallel again. A shot-up B-52 was making an emergency landing here, but crashed thirteen miles short of the field. All seven of the crew ejected safely and were picked up. We had another shot-up B-52 land her last night. They've lost five B-52's in two days.

The Bob Hope Show is going to be here the 23rd. Christmas is going to be just another day this year. I've got the group duty from midnight Christmas eve until noon on Christmas day.

Guess I'd better close. Have a Merry Christmas, and kiss Karoni for me.

Love,
Ron





Nam Phong, Thailand
December 25, 1972

Dear Mom and Dad,

Merry Christmas. It just turned Christmas about five minutes ago. I've got group operations duty from now until noon.

The Bob Hope Show was here the day before yesterday. I was one of the escorts so I met most of the entertainers and got to go to the reception. The show will be on t.v. the 17th of January if you want to see what this place looks like.

I saw the last five minutes of the playoff game between Dallas and the Forty-niners. After engineering that victory, don't you think Roger Staubach deserves to start next week ?

The prospects for peace are pretty slim now. My morale is alot higher now, knowing that the war is going to go on for a while, than it was when it looked like it could end the next day. It was kind of hard to make yourself want to fly today when there was a chance the war could be over the next day.

I flew number forty-six on Christmas eve. I shouldn't have any trouble getting a hundred missions before this thing is over.

I hope you all have a nice time today. Christmas is going to be just another work day for me, but I'll have one next year.

Give Karoni a kiss for me.

Love,
Ron






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