Audio letter from Dale Fillmore to his wife, 27 June 19971 Side A Fillmore starts this tape by thanking her for her recent tape that he received. Fillmore answers his wife's questions about the life insurance, birth control, horses, motorcycles, car financing, and how Gretchen (the family dog) and Marie (baby) get along. He then tells his wife that his morale is affected by the tapes his wife sends. Fillmore is reading a book by Norman Mailer, which he doesn't agree with, he purchased a book by John Steinbeck only to realize he already read it. Fillmore's unit has moved from Camp Eagle to Da Nang, Fillmore then proceeds to describe his room at Da Nang. Fillmore's roommate moved out because the air conditioner is broken. Side B Fillmore explains his role as a divisional operations officer for the eleventh group coordinating between corps and battalions; this is the same position he served at Long Bien, just working at the next higher level. Fillmore describes what the battalion aircraft include. He coordinates and monitors communication between various elements of the forces for which he is responsible. Because the TOC is open twenty-four hours a day, they coordinate any emergencies such as search and rescues. The TOC handles the alerts for Marble Mountain Airfield. Fillmore then continues the description of the Da Nang base. It has taken nearly two weeks to learn the entire system, from Corp to Battalion. Fillmore states his intention to complete a one-year course at Fort Benning to further his career in the military, since he has not yet heard from Embry Riddle, and his concern that the Army doesn't like to send people for two years of College Completion Program, especially before completing the career course at Benning. Which will hopefully earn him some more college credits. Fillmore should receive notice of his next duty station prior to R&R. Finally, he begins to plan his R&R in August, in Hawaii. These plans are primarily enjoying the company of each other, not so much to party. Fillmore closes by telling his wife how much he loves and misses her.
Audio letter from Dale Fillmore to his wife, 27 June 1971, Dale Fillmore Collection, The Vietnam Center and Archive, Texas Tech University. Accessed 20 Aug. 2014. <http://www.vietnam.ttu.edu/virtualarchive/items.php?item=1154AU0959>.
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1154AU0959, Dale Fillmore Collection, The Vietnam Center and Archive, Texas Tech University