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    Neil Armstrong Typed Letter Signed Regarding Korea Visit as Peace Corps National Advisory Council Chairman, Directly From The Armstrong Family Collection™, Certified and Encapsulated by Collectibles Authentication Guaranty. Four pages, 8" x 10.5", on Peace Corps letterhead written to the members of the NAC. This was his retained copy with one handwritten correction and signed in blue ink at close: "Neil [with added paraph]'. It reads, in small part:

    "I recently had the opportunity to visit the World Scout Jamboree in Japan with twenty-some thousand boys from nearly 100 countries at the base of Mt. Fuji at the edge of a typhoon (oriental hurricane). The boys had a great time but the leaders were a little edgy during the blow.

    "At the invitation of Joe Blatchford I extended my trip to visit Peace Corps/Korea for two days. I must say that Don Hess, the country director, worked out an exceptionally fine indoctrination to their programs in the short time available. It also gave me an insight into some questions the Peace Corps faces that might be of interest to Council members.

    "1. Whose standards predominate when the host country's standards differ from those of the volunteer? Let me ramble on with a few examples from the Korean area.

    "Example (a) Many of our volunteers feel that their God, their country, and modern society have given them certain inalienable rights such as life, liberty, and freedom of hair style. This is, however, offensive to most Koreans, who view the 'crew cut' as desirable, President Nixon's style acceptable, and Joe Blatchford's marginal. The volunteer says: "If they ask for our voluntary service, they should take us as we truly are."...

    "...Well, it was an interesting trip. I felt I got to understand a few of the problems facing Peace Corps. I was even more convinced that no handbook of rules can be devised that will be applicable in the various countries in which we serve. Each is an individual problem. I had the pleasure of talking with about 25 volunteers. In some cases I was able to watch them on the job. I was impressed. It certainly made it all seem worthwhile."

    An extremely interesting letter. Excellent, sealed in a numbered archival holder. This lot will include Statements of Provenance signed by Neil Armstrong's sons, Rick and Mark.

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