Christmas in Vietnam, five decades ago

Published: Monday, December 23, 2013 at 11:16 AM.

Barbara related the story of one of her classmates, Debbie James, who had also written to an unknown soldier and asked him to send her something from Vietnam . On opening the reply to her letter, dirt poured from the envelope.

“Dirt was apparently the only thing readily available,” wrote Barbara. “She scooped it up and saved it as if it were gold.”

Sack said he hopes to meet Barbara someday, but for now, simply knowing she exists, brightens h

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