This was available to send home prior to your leaving-short timers letter.
9th Infantry Division
APO San Francisco 96370
Issued in solemn warning, this___________day of__________19___.
To friends, relatives & neighbors of __________________________
Very soon the above will once again be in your midst, DE-AMERICANIZED, DEMORALIZED AND DEHYDRATED, ready once more to take his place as a human being with friends and justice for all, engaged in life, liberty and the somewhat delayed pursuits of happiness.
In making your joyous preparations to welcome him back into respectable society, you must make allowances for the crude environment in which he has suffered in the past______months.
In a word, he may be somewhat "Asiatic", suffering from advanced stages of VIET-CONGITIS, or too much BAHM-NE-BAH beer.
Therefore, show no alarm if he prefers to squat rather than sit on a chair, pad around in thong sandals and a towel, slyly offer to sell cigarettes to the postman and picks suspiciously at his food as if you were trying to poison him. Don't be surprised if he answers all questions with "I hate this place" or, "Number one". Be tolerant when he tries to buy everything for less than half the price, accuses the grocer of being a thief, and refuses to enter an establishment that doesn't have steel mesh over the doors and windows.
He may also assign guard positions and personnel to fill sandbags. The building of berms and the laying of barbed wire around your home, could also occur. If he wants top take your vehicle to the car-wash, let him go alone, unless he assigns some one to be "SHOTGUN". If he inquires about "MESS TIME", he is requesting food. DO NOT SERVE KOOL-AID, ICED TEA . I recommend that any powdered products be avoided until he adjusts to home again.
Any of the following sights should be avoided since they can produce an advanced state of shock: people dancing, television and ROUND-EYED WOMEN. In a relatively short time his profanity will decrease enough to permit him to associate with mixed groups, and soon he will be speaking English as well as he ever did. He may also complain about sleeping in a room, and refuse to go to bed without a mosquito net.
Make no flattering remarks about exotic Southeast Asia; avoid mention of the benefits of overseas duty, seasonal weather, and above all, ask before mentioning the food delicacies of the far east-such as "FLIED LICE" fried rice). The mere reference to these particular subjects may trigger off an awesome display of violence.
For the first months (until he is house-broken) be especially watchful when he is in the company of women, particularly young and beautiful specimens. The few American girls he may have seen overseas were probably 13 years old or married to personnel who out-rank him, therefore his first reaction upon meeting a attractive "ROUND-EYE" may be to "GAPE". Wives and sweethearts are advised to take advantage of this momentary shock and move the young lady out of his reach.!
Keep in mind that beneath that tanned and rugged exterior there beats a heart of gold. Treasure this, for it is the only thing of value that he has left. Treat him with kindness, tolerance and an occasional fifth of good whiskey, and you will be able to rehabilitate this hollow shell of a man you once knew.
SEND NO MORE LETTERS TO A.P.O. 96370 AFTER______________FOR HE IS LEAVING THE TROPICS IN ___DAYS AND IS HEADING FOR THE LAND OF THE BIG PX. HIS FUTURE ADDRESS WILL BE:_______________________________USA.