Captain William "Costs" Clark, Army Special Forces (retired) and his bride-to-be of 42 years, Donna, reminisce of a time spent a world apart as they re-open the letters they provided to each other. It was Costs's third trip of responsibility in Vietnam that called him away simply after their first wedding event anniversary and it ended up being Donna's first-hand experience as an Army spouse throughout the Vietnam War. He was leaving her 4 months pregnant to have their first child without him. She would deal with worries almost as terrible as her husband's security in battle. During the Vietnam War Special Forces groups were supported by helicopters and their teams. They were unquestionably the most heroic yet least rewarded units throughout the war. They would show up when most required, get the job done and leave as quickly as they came. Ammo and food was very important in re-supplying border camps and patrols but absolutely nothing was more important than the mail; the only communication readily available between couple and other enjoyed ones. In Costs's case he brought a plastic bag with an operations map, fixed, envelope, outbound mail and letters he gathered from Donna. "You have actually got mail" meant something unique then as sending and receiving mail was the highlight of a soldier's day and helped to sustain morale at a high level. In Vietnam they were called Pony Express Helicopters, the steeds of the old west with pilots, door gunners and crew chiefs as their riders, but deep down inside Costs called them by another name, locked in his mind just to be shown Donna ... until now. Donna and Costs guaranteed each other they would write every day if for absolutely nothing more than to state I enjoy you and to stay current. All their letters were ultimately mailed and received. Although Costs's mail content was restricted by the Armed force Donna could discuss anything and she handled to state everything. Together they carried on in humor and support of each other by means of Helicopter Love Mail. Love for one another through the trials of separation and the worry of the unknown. Partners efforts to conceal battle participation, trying to show a positive mindset to conceal lots of troubles, and trying to address troubles half a world away with letter turnaround time of ten to thirty days. Partner's problems with pregnancy and raising newborn alone. Money and budget troubles some induced since of Army finance troubles. Problems with health mentally and physically. Non-Fiction, Memoirs, Love letters composed throughout the Vietnam War. Married Couples, Armed force Households separated by deployment or war, older readers who were influenced by the Vietnam War. Both mail and lady since book is composed by couple. From the hubbies composing the tone is humorous, interesting with options, and mysterious on his actions and responsibilities. From the spouse the tone is more anxious, remarkable, interesting, and psychological. We composed the letters 40 years ago and are still gladly married. We wished to show the difference in war then and war today as far as separation from spouses when we just had faith, hope, and love with mail as the only communication. We had no computer systems, no cell phones, no land line phones, and 99 % of the time no genuine means to contact each other since of Costs's isolation. Over six hundred letters composed half a world apart and delivered or gotten by helicopter in battle shows the time lag in communication with everyday writing from both Donna and Costs. Problems are laid out for all to see. As a couple really in love but newly married just to be separated by war and the dimension of time dealing with the great worry of the unknown.
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