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 Letter from Simonelli to Billy [2/6/1967]

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4-Feb-‘67

Dear Billy,

Hope everyone is okay, Im fine. Recieved[sic] your letter telling me about Harry Howell night. It must have been real great. Ive been getting all your articles that you send, thank you.

Well a little bit about the last operation and the one where on now. You sent me a picture of a guy comming[sic] out of a tunnel. That was a guy from my company. They said he was from the 196th but that was a mistake. We were taking part in operation Cedar Falls. The biggest operation of the war. We were operating around the Ho Bo Woods. We were right across the river from the Iron Triangle. It was one of the worst (casualty wide) operations I’ve been on since I’ve been over here. The second day out was a real mess. Our second paltoon[sic] was checking out an area on foot and walked into a “Charlie” booby traped[sic] area. “Charlie” set off claymores and killed three men and wounded fourteen. (Just one “Charlie”) It was really horrible. I was heling put the guys on the choppers to go to the hospital. Also the bodies. Our C.O. (company commander) got hit pretty bad. The next day we ran into a mine field and had a few trucks messed up and some more men hurt. We also had some men hurt by our own artillery. It fell in short. I could go on and on. All together we had over forty men wounded and seven killed.

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