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The Draft
After graduation from college my husband received his draft notice. He opted to join the Air Force rather then get drafted by the army. His first tour was in Alaska, where I accompanied him as an unauthorized dependent. The rest of the enlistment was spent at this Alaska assignment. The duty was good considering the Viet Nam war was going on and Alaska is a long way from Viet Nam. In spite of the good assignment it was four years that would have been spent differently if not for the draft. In hind site that four years gave us many advantages and some life long friends. I always think of those who were not fortunate enough to get a good assignment and may have lost much more then four years; their health, or even their life.
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Hi Diane--was wondering if you ran into many, or any, Public Health officers, or clinics up there? I was assigned to a remote clinic in Nome--accessible only by bush plane. I was there 6 months, or so they say. That place messed up my Circadian rhythyms so badly, I lost, or didn't care about time. I finished up in Oklahoma. If there is interest, I will explain what the coast guard was doing in a state not noted for it's coast line. It was a tough call for all of us--drafted for a non-safe 2 yrs, or enlist for a safer 4 yrs.
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charlesrmartinez wrote:

"Hi Diane--was wondering if you ran into many, or any, Public Health officers, or clinics up there? I was assigned to a remote clinic in Nome--accessible only by bush plane. I was there 6 months, or so they say. That place messed up my Circadian rh"
When we first moved to Fairbanks I got a job working for the Alaska Water Laboratory as a microbiologist. There building was part of the University of Alaska campus and we shared our building with Arctic Health which was part of the public health service.

It does take a while to get used to the winters with no daylight and the summers with no darkness. I enjoyed the summers but could live without the winters.