Cool May Nights

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this is an essay that i had to do for my English class on my grandpa. hope you like it

Submitted: January 16, 2011

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Submitted: January 16, 2011




'Cause freedom don't come free.
I'm an American Soldier, an American,
Beside my Brothers and my Sisters I will proudly take a stand.
When liberty's in jeopardy I'll always do what's right.
I'm out here on the front lines, sleep in peace tonight.
American Soldier,
I'm an American Soldier.

American Soldier,
I'm an American,
American Soldier

American Soldier by Toby Keith

This song is right, freedom doesn't come free. There are many people who have fought for our freedom for decades. My grandpa is one of them. He was in the Navy for three years and three months. He served in the Navy from March 1962 to June 1965.

This song reminds me of what my grandpa has told me, about when he was in the Vietnam War. This is not a real letter, but it's based on what my grandpa has told me:

August E. Schultz

U.S.S Windham County LST 1170

Tonkin Gulf, Vietnam

Dear mom and dad, May 23, 1962

The reason that I haven't written to you in a few months is because our commanding officer told us that we had to wait a few months before I was able to write. I just wanted you to know that I am on the U.S.S. Windham County LST 1170. We were one of the first ships to arrive in Vietnam. We arrived in the Tonkin Gulf at 1900 hours on March 2, 1962. A few minutes after we arrivedthe ship next to us was hit. I was so thankful it wasn't our ship.

We have been stationed in Vietnam for three months now, helping the Marines load and unload their equipment and machines. We will going visit Bangkok, Thailand, in June and in late July we will go to Inchon, Korea, to pick up Army troops bound for Pohang, Korea. Upon completion of that task, we will return to Yokosuka. Runs to Numazu and Naha with troops in October preceded us to return to Yokosuka for upkeep. December brought her independent ship's exercises and marine troop lifts from Numazu to Naha.

On 3 January 1963, we will go underway for Hong Kong, where we will be serving as a station ship and promote the "People to People" program. We will return to Yokosuka in February and leave on March 2 to take marines to Taiwan and then spend the rest of the month and most of April in upkeep in Yokosuka. May to November will be devoted to underway and refresh training. On December 5, 1963, the ship will be heading for Okinawa for type training and a troop lift back to Japan. After unloading her passengers at Numazu, we will return to Yokosuka on December 18 for an inspection and the upkeep holiday period.

Tell my brothers and sisters that I love them, and I will try to come home for the holidays but there's no guarantee.

Love your son,

August E. Schultz

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