A “short-timer’s calendar” was used by soldiers in Vietnam to count their remaining days left in the country. These usually consisted of a sectioned line drawing with “color in” blocks, numbered with a count-down of remaining days (similar to “Paint by number”) and began at usually 30 to 90 days. When a soldier had very few days left in-country, he was considered to be “short”. [information taken from http://www.landscaper.net/short.htm]
The calendar above is one we found with Larry’s things. It look’s like he would have started counting down his days at 117. This same calendar is used as the CD face artwork for a musical project we’ve mentioned before.
Below are some more examples of other short-timer’s calendars from across the web.