A letter Evans wrote to his mother and father whiles serving in Vietnam is on display at Evans U.S. Army Hospital, Fort Carson, Colorado. This hospital was dedicated in Ward’s honor in 1986. The letter reads,
SP/4 Donald Evans
A Co. 2nd Bn 12th INF
APO 96268, San Francisco
Mr. and Mrs. Donald Evans
836 N Elspeth Way
28 OCT, 66
Hello Mom + Dad
How are the broken arms and colds coming along?
Things are still the same here. It rains at least once a day and is hot with lots of humidity. I’m in good shape. No alments or bullet holes. We are still treated about the same as when we in the states, just not to the same degree.
Being in shape can’t be helped. I get in more patrol time than anyone else in the platoon. Along with that we’ve been putting in lots of other work like staking sand bags around our tents (9 high), filling in ditches the other outfit dug, and other types of maintenant. No rest for Johnson’s under paid killers.
Contact with Charlie has only happened twice. A night ambush patrol from 2nd platoon got hit. There was suspose to have been lots of lead flying but no blood was found nor any bodies. Charlie doesn’t leave bodies behind so its hard to say if any were hit. That same night Charlie Cong hit the berm. Again nothing cam of it.
Watch the T.V. for a parade in Saigon. Tell Bonnie also. “A” Company is going to be in it. The rest of the Battalion is going on a 3 day search and clear mission, but we get out of that. Its to bad Ha! The parade is Sunday or Monday. Should be in the paper or some news media.
Papy, haven’t found any rock worth picking up, but when I do I’ll send them to you.
So much for now.