Bill Clark was whisked away from his wife, Donna, for yet another tour of Vietnam just days after their first wedding anniversary. In the 1970s, communication was limited to letter writing and took nearly a month to converse. In “Helicopter Love Mail Part One” (ISBN 1468020889), the Clarks reminisce of the time they spent worlds apart, and share the letters that helped to grow their love and family.
Donna and Bill promised to write every day, even if the letters consisted of nothing more than “I love you.” While Bill’s mail was restricted by his orders from the Army Special Forces and fear of scaring his wife at home, Donna’s were full of details about anything and everything. Their letters were a lifeline to their love and marriage.
Bill describes what his time was like working with the Vietnam War Special Forces teams. He explains the importance of how the delivery of mail was to him and his team members as they slithered through the jungles.
“Ammunition and food were important in supplying camps and patrols, but nothing was more important than the mail,” Bill Clark says. “The only communication between a husband and wife, young men and their parents and fathers and their children was through the mail.”
This collection of letters allows readers a personal peek into what life was like for couples separated by war before the modern-day communication conveniences of the Internet, e-mail and Skype. The Clarks share their story as a testament to the daily battles military families face while their loved ones are overseas, as well as the power of love as people face the trials of separation and the fear of the unknown.
“Helicopter Love Mail Part One” is available for sale online at Amazon.com and other channels.
About the Author: Bill and Donna Clark have been happily married for over 40 years. Over the years, the couple has gone through a multitude of experiences, including Bill’s time in the United States Army Special Forces and their trips together overseas to Suriname as missionaries. Bill, a childhood polio survivor and Eagle Scout, has a bachelor’s in business administration and worked as a military manager and consultant for a large pharmaceutical company. Donna, a former department store manager, served on the board of the Pensacola Opera and is an active fundraiser for Independence for the Blind, ARC Gateway and Pensacola State College.