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Kids write to Winter from the Southern Cross for April 9, 1971

Electronic copy of article provided by Leslie Hines

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By SGT Kenneth Perry

FSB 4-11 (11th Inf. Bde. IO) — Every day soldiers throughout Vietnam receive mail from wives, sweethearts, family, and friends. Some of the most interesting correspondence comes from the pens of children.

Specialist Four Ralph Winter of Ann Arbor, Mich., Radio Telephone Operator (RTO) with the 11th Brigade's 3rd Bn., 1st Inf., Company C, keeps busy answering packets of mail he receives from 23 youngsters.

The children are members of his wife Ginger's second and third grade classes in an elementary school at Plymouth, Mich.

"The students first wrote me as part of an assignment in letter writing," said Winter. He added that their curiosity and concern are reflected by such thoughtful inquiries as, "How do you get your boots dry after walking through rice paddies?"

"When I wrote the class and answered some of their questions about Vietnam, they were so excited they wanted me to write again," Winter said.

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The copy of this issue of the Southern Cross was a personal purchase from Carlisle Barracks Military History Institute by Leslie Hines, with an assist from Senator Charles Grassley of Iowa.

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