Bosnia Diary – Pg. 20

Dead Letter OfficeDead Letter Office

Some people may think my complaints about the mail are exagerrated whining. I assure you, they were not. The anecdotal evidence:

The daughter of a friend wrote me four times, and I didn’t get a single letter. My father wrote me every week and I only got one or two of his letters. My mother had letters from two of my friends waiting for me when I arrived back in Green Bay. The letters had made it all the way to Bosnia, then been returned as “undeliverable”. The day I returned to work, on April 15, a lady there handed me a letter she had sent me. It too had been returned as “undeliverable”. The statistical evidence:

Mail that actually did reach me
(Not including packages, which took longer)
Date
Sent
Date
Recv
# of
Days
Jan 18 Feb 14 27
Jan 22 Feb 14 23
Jan 23 Feb 14 22
Jan 24 Mar 3 39
Jan 24 Mar 3 39
Jan 27 Feb 14 18
Jan 27 Feb 14 18
Jan 29 Feb 14 16
Jan 29 Feb 14 16
Jan 31 Mar 7 36
Feb 5 Feb 12 7 !!! This proves what could have been done had the military postal system been properly motivated.
Feb 5 Feb 18 13
Feb 6 Mar 16 39
Feb 8 Mar 16 37
Feb 12 Mar 6 23
Feb 12 Mar 7 24
Feb 14 Mar 10 25
Feb 15 Mar 6 20
Feb 20 Mar 3 12
Mar 1 Mar 10 9
Mar 4 Mar 16 12
Mar 4 Mar 17 13
Mar 6 Mar 17 11

Mail that should have reached me while I was still there

Date
Sent
Date
Recv
Elapsed
Time
Feb 1 Mar 27 55 Returned to parents, waiting when I returned.
Feb 12 Apr 13 61
Feb 24 Mar 27 55 Returned to parents, waiting when I returned.
Mar 12 Apr 20 38
Feb ?? Oct 31 245 The checks my mom sent me while I was in Ðurðevik

Average: 34.9 days
Another card my friend sent me from Bosnia in March, 1998. It did not take a month to arrive. Camp Bedrock, near Visca, looks like a summer camp.
Another card my friend sent me from Bosnia in March, 1998. It did not take a month to arrive. Camp Bedrock, near Visca, looks like a summer camp.
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