Lindsay, Alice, A.: Philippines: 1955 – 1956: Clark Air Force Base

My assignment as PI/Business and Social Studies Teacher at Clark AFB was my one and only overseas teaching assignment. On December 6,1956, I married Lieutenant Herbert N. Lindsay, Jr., who retired from the Air Force in 1974 as a Lieutenant Colonel. In December, 1994, we will be married 38 years. We have two sons: Herbert N. Lindsay, III, and Scott D. Lindsay, plus one grandson, Scott D. Lindsay, Jr.

My year in the Philippines was a memorable one: I made many wonderful friends and traveled to places I had only dreamed of. I remember that neither the living quarters nor the school was air-conditioned; in order to avoid the afternoon heat, our school day was from 7:10 a.m. to 1:10 p.m. I sponsored the newspaper and the cheerleaders, and wrote the lyrics to some of the Wurtsmith High School songs.

There are a couple of buggy” things that stick out in my mind when I think about the Philippines. I remember the kids at school used to stick their pencils into the pincers of these Texas-sized beetles, and the lead would break into pieces. The other incident was when my fiancĂ©e, Herb, pinned a tarantula to the wall of his BOQ with his trusty “Negrito” arrow.

My only regret is that I only had one year abroad as an AF Dependent School teacher, but it was a year I will never forget.

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