Once when we were in the Mediterranean sailing from port to port, carrying a great variety of cargo, I did not recieve a letter for more than 100 days. Then I received about 26 I believe.
The morale of men is often low when such as this happens. The men become "surly" and are "on edge" a lot.
I felt as if I had been abandoned by the entire world!. Add to this some attacks by the enemy, the nerves being rather shaky when carrying 5,000 tons of 155mm shells , etc., etc., show you how unlike today's military compares regarding such communications!
Some of us old guys sort of chuckle when we hear about military personnel being away for 6 or 9 months, etc. Also, I've heard mothers and girl friends say they haven't had a PHONE CALL for several days!
It's a different world!
I will say that the people in our military forces today are very brave and are not appreciated by many here at home. The combat in Iraq and Afghanistan has been very vicious and our people are winning if only they are given a chance. Unlike the Vietnam War where they were NOT ALLOWED TO WIN!
I have spoken too long. God Bless all of you.