Okinawa Shima – Ryukyu Islands
18 August 1945
Sarah, My Dearest Darling:
Well Darling, there wasn’t any mail from you this evening, I had hoped there would be at least one letter from you, but I got two yesterday. You just cannot fully realize how much it helps me to have a letter from you. They do me more good than any other one thing. I do hope it won’t be too much longer when we won’t have to depend upon letters to know what the other has been doing. Vogels will soon be out there with you and I know you are going to have a wonderful time together, be sure to tell me about it. I love them so very much and it will be so good to see them again.
This morning slipped by very rapidly and I studied for a while and then two different men came in to see me about some problems which they had. More home problems, I cannot for the life of me think what some of these women are thinking about back there. And I have no more respect for the men who runs around with them either.
I relaxed for about one half an hour following my dinner and then came back down here and did some more studying. The men came by and asked me to pitch for them again. It was quite a ball game, the score was 5 to 4 and I had pretty good luck at bat getting two hits out of three times at bat. I do like to play baseball.
Immediately following the game I took a shower and prepared to have our evening meal. For the last week or so our food hasn’t been so good. I certainly get tired of pork sausage, spam and Vienna sausage so often. In fact, I have had so much of it that I don’t eat it anymore when it is served. I’ve often wondered where all the beef is that they have been telling you civilians back home we are getting out here. Some of the outfits get it like the Air Corps and Navy personnel, but we men in the Infantry seem to be in a different class. Forgive me for complaining, for really I am not going hungry and I am thankful for what we do have, but to have some of your good cooking again will be about the most wonderful thing I can imagine. Many times I am reminded of some of the good things which you and Mom have made. It makes all the difference in the world when a person’s love and devotion is wrapped up in their cooking for the ones they love. I suppose our food will be rather poor now until we are settled down again in our new location.
Right after supper I had three more men come to see me about some problems. More of that mentioned above. One was concerning a soldier who was killed on this operation shortly after we landed. All in all I have been very busy all day although from what is said above it looks like very little was done on my part. You know it isn’t the easiest thing to write about everything, many things are only fully appreciated when we can talk about them together.
Darling, in your letter of 26th of July you were worrying about sending me some more things. Please don’t worry about sending me anything now for a while, for things for us in the future are going to be most uncertain. Really, I’m getting along fine and I have most everything I need. In fact, I have some things which I cannot decide what to do with them, that is whether to keep them them or send them home to you before we move again. I shall request things if I need them so don’t worry, Dear.
I was rather surprised to see that Churchill was voted out as Prime Minister, but that is the way history goes. I don’t know too much about Atlee but it does seem that he is quite liberal and socialist through and through. Undoubtedly there is going to be some great changes in Britain in the next few years.
It rained several times today and it looks like it might rain some more tonight. The old tent has been standing the wind and weather very well since we fixed it up that one time. It will certainly be something to be able to sleep in a regular house again on something besides the ground or an army cot. Whenever the wind comes up the old tent makes a lot of noise with flapping, etc.
Darling, enclosed in this letter find two shots of one of our churches here on this island. This picture was taken during the battle as you will notice. Shuri was in the Marine sector of the fighting, as a result, I didn’t get to see it until the battle was over. The church was in the best shape of any of the buildings in the city of Shuri, all other buildings were completely demolished or only a wall or so standing. All Christian buildings were spared if possible. You can see that this building didn’t take any direct hits from large artillery. What damage was done was from flying shell fragments. This building was constructed of reinforced concrete, so from evidences in this picture you can see the effects of flying shell fragments.
Darling, I am very tired and it is getting late so I think I will close and try to get a good nights sleep for tomorrow and its responsibilities. God bless you Beloved in all things and remember I love you more than ever I have before.
Always and forever just yours in
Christ’s wonderful love,
P.S. The enclosed pictures came out of a Catholic newspaper.