Hong Kong Flu

Wednesday, January 15, 1969

Another letter from Jenny arrived, postmarked Friday, January 10th:

“I am really sick.  Mickey and Larry are coming in a few hours to take me to their house in Porterville.  I think I have the Hong Kong flu.”

This news scared me although I was somewhat relieved that she was being cared for by friends.  It was a helpless feeling and complicated by her final exams coming up soon.

Later I talked with Doc Wayne about Jenny having the flu.  He said, “It usually lasts from 2 to 5 days, and she has probably already recovered.  If it was really serious, the Red Cross would have notified you by now.”  I knew he was right, but it didn’t stop me from worrying.

The Hong Kong flu pandemic had swept through South Vietnam; however, most of the American servicemen who contracted it were in the cities of Saigon and Da Nang.  Kilo Battery never had a case of the flu on Hill 65.

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