APO San Francisco 96257
12 November, 1968
Dear Sp4. Morgan,
Your buddy George just brought me your letter which I was very happy indeed to read.
I am especially happy and thankful that you are faring so well. Certainly
those little scars won't hurt you in the years to come.
There's little I can do to console you or Bob Press' many other friends. I think
we all recognize what a great person he was and unequivocally what a damn fine soldier.
He sure was OUR medic! I guess you know he turned down a job at the 37th to
stay with his troop in the field - I do, as I fought for both he and Sp4. Scrogan and won.
It seemed like a blessing to us all at the time.
There's little I can tell you about your personal gear at this time. As you know,
your track was on fire when you were evacuated. Five others tried to extinguish it
but failed and were injured by a sever secondary explosion (SFC Wilson, SGT. Daniels, SP4.
Burnside, PFC Harper and PFC Cornelius). SGT Daniels has returned to K Troop but
some of the others were more seriously injured than even you when the ACAV was mined.
I understand that all are faring well now and eventually will recover.
Shortly after the incident, all the personal gear of all the casualties was sent via
hook haul to Camp Blackhorse. I don't know if any of it was yours at this point.
If it was on your track at the time it was mined, it was totally destroyed and
could not be recovered. The vehicle burned for over 24 hours and was left a twisted
molten mass of metal. Nothing on the ACAV could be recovered.
You have my authority to use this letter as a statement from me verifying the losses
you sustained from equipment that was on your ACAV when it was mined.
Well, it shouldn't be too long before we get another respite at Blackhorse. I
trust in the meantime you will rest and settle your nerves and mend those muscles.
Yours is yet a long life ahead and my hopes are that you'll be able and ready to assume a
responsible place in society upon your return to CONUS either in uniformed or civilian
Take care Denny - will be looking for a cheerful smile on your face as we return and
join you at basecamp.
Thomas R. Middaugh, Capt.
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