Soldiers in Iraq ask to be ‘Honorary Polar Bears’
by Dawn Ballou, LibbyMT.com
December 28, 2007
Polar Bear Rick, of the Libby Polar Bear Club, shared this e-mail that came in on Friday from a Montana soldier stationed in Iraq, asking if his Division can qualify to be “honorary” members in the Libby Polar Bear Club due to some unusual circumstances they are undergoing. Read on for details!
Friday, December 28, 2007:
“Hello from Iraq,
My name is SSG Keith Wriston from Butte MT. I am over hear in Iraq at Patrol Base Woodcock. Here is my situation, on our patrol bas there is one building, in this building is all of our life sustainment needs. Hot Chow, sleep areas, and our fellow comrades. Also in this building is the hot water tanks for hot showers. Normally every once in a while the circuit breaker trips on the hot water tanks. No problem to just reset the breaker and get the hot back in hot water. Well about four days ago the hot water just stopped, when I went out and checked the circuit breaker was fine. Well here we are with out hot water and 130 people taking showers in water just about 35 degrees. Now my question is does that qualify us as honorary members of the Polar Bear Club? Since I am from Montana I figured out of all the clubs I would ask you because we from Montana know cold and this water is definitely cold. Please reply and I await your comments.
Thank you in advance,
HHC, 1STB, 1BCT
101st Airborne Div”
Editor’s Note: Stay tuned for the response from the Libby Polar Bear Club.