I don't post here much but I found this in a memory book that my grandma had given me after my grandpa died. I hadn't looked in it because for the 9 years since he's died it's been too painful. But I looked in it last night and found this. It's a letter that my grandma recieved from the air force informing her that my grandpa would be coming home after being stationed away from her and their children in Thule Greenland for a year. I don't have a scanner so I just retyped it. Maybe nobody else will find it interesting but I did so I just thought I'd share :)
By proclamation this day of 16 Apr. in the year of our Lord, 1964. To all interested in the being of Robert L. *******. In the near future the above named individual will once again be in your midst. Still cold, dehydrated, and almost demobilized, to take his places once again as a human being engaged in life, liberty, and the somewhat delayed pursuit of happiness. There he will endeavor to maintain and uphold all rights and privileges made available by the wonderful place that he remembers as home. and the United States. In making your preparations for this joyous rendezvous and reunion you must make allowances because of his crude environment. Stress and strain have been a miserable life for the long year that he has spent in the far off Arctic. In a sense he may be a little "rock-happy" or "shook", as the saying goes. Never ask him if it is windy at this place, Thule. Never ask him if it is as cold as they say, and refrain from mentioning the word POWDERED. Never ask him about the women or make flattering remarks about the AIR FORCE. Above all, keep cool when he pours gravy over his dessert at the supper table. Never question his rank or why he has never made the next stripe. Never ask him if the eskimo girls are cute. Above all, and this is a must, never mention the air defense command, the greenland contractors, rotation, reenlistment, leaves, the water supply, base defense training, the laundry situation, and the six months dark season. These are only a few of the many unspeakables.
Beneath the frostbitten and rugged exterior there beats a heart of gold. Treasure this, for after a year of male companionship and lonliness, it is probably the only thing left. However, with kindness, consideration, understanding, and tolerance, you will once again rehabilitate the hollow shell that is nothing like the man you once knew. As an old eskimo would say "ERNINAK ANDERENA ASUNDA", which means "Darling, I'm coming home". Upon receipt of this, send no more letters to APO 23.
"No one can make you feel inferior without your consent" ~ Eleanor Roosevelt