December 14, 1945

Seoul, Korea

14 December 1945

Dearest Darling Sweetheart:

The highlight of this whole day was the arrival of four of your beautiful letters. When I went over to the 184th I found them waiting there for me. They were yours of November 27th, 29th,  December 1st and 2nd. I’ve just finished reading them through a little while ago. I also got two lovely Christmas cards from loved ones who I wrote to on Okinawa about the passing of their own. And then I had a Christmas card and note from Ruth Reid, a nice letter from the Pearsons at Chenoa.

  I was up early this morning and came over here and had breakfast and then called on all the men in the wards. After that, I prepared a box of personal belongings that belonged to a chaplain which used to be with this outfit about a year ago. I checked in the personnel office and found out his emergency address and sent the things to him. I know I would appreciate such a favor if some of my things were lost.

Korean Stamp 1945.

  Then after dinner, I took the two nurses and two men into Seoul to the radio studios to practice for the program this Sunday. While they worked on the program as to timing and so on I used that time to drive over to the 184th and several other places to pick up mail for the men’s sake here in the hospital. Chaplain Schreyer is to give the message at the broadcast. I was supposed to make arrangements for the music. According to present plans I am supposed to have the message the latter part of January sometime. It was quite late by the time they finished planning and practicing so Chaplain Schreyer had all of us eat over at his headquarters. As a result, we had that long drive out here and it was rather late when we got back here.

  I delivered the mail to the various towards and then came up here and planned the bulletin for this coming Sunday. Don is downstairs cutting the stencil on another typewriter. This one is such a wreck that it just ruins a stencil. As soon as I had finished that I wrote a letter to Dr. and Mrs. Mantey and enclosed a few Korean stamps for them.

  It was rather warm today after all the cold weather and snow we have had. A good share of the snow disappeared today. But it probably won’t be too long before we will have more snow and cold weather.

  From what you told me in your letter you must have had a very nice visit with Betty and her husband. I was glad to hear that he is such a fine fellow. Betty is really a fine girl and ought to make him a real helpmate. Darling, I do think it would be nice if we could give them a wedding present and Sallman’s Head of Christ is very fine. Not so long ago I wrote Betty a letter and sent it to her Boston address. I suppose her folks will send it on to her.

  It was surely good news to hear that at last you had heard from Charlie and Nettie. I would surely like to see them again. They are such a wonderful couple and I’m so glad they can be together again. Charlie was really lucky when it comes to the time he spent overseas.

  Darling, the way you fixed the red velvet dress sounds very nice and I will be glad to see it when I return. Just to see you again will be very very wonderful. Oh how thankful I will be when we can be near to each other.

  The news about Helen being divorced for almost a year and going to be married again soon about bowled me over. After all of the cases and situations I have handled I shouldn’t be too surprised, but I guess it affects you a little differently when it is one of your immediate family. How thankful I am unto the Lord that I have you for my wife, Beloved. I do hope everything works out all right now. The man she is marrying now, has he ever been married before?

  Lover, it is so late and I’m tired so I think I will close for tonight. God bless you richly in all things. Remember, I love you more than ever and you are so sweet.

 Yours alone for all the ages

 because we are His in love and life.

 Your tweetheart,

 Willis

 Colossians 3:3

 P.S. Enclosed find one of Dr. Mantey’s letters

December 13, 1945

Seoul, Korea

13 December 1945

Dearest Darling Sweetheart:

This has been a lulu of a day, to say the least. I’ve been on the go the entire day and it is very late now. I got up early this morning and came over here to the office and shaved before time to eat. Where I’m living now there aren’t any washing facilities so I’m doing my shaving and other things in this room which I use as an office.

  I called on all the wards and then came back here to the office to try and do some studying when I received a call from Chaplain Schreyer in Seoul, and he wanted me to come down there tomorrow afternoon and help practice the radio broadcast which we are having this Sunday as a special Christmas program from Korea. I’ve arranged to have two of the nurses sing along with two of the men. I think they will make a fine quartet. They will sing two numbers then one of the girls will sing, “Oh Holy Night.”  That took a lot of work for we had to make arrangements for all of them to be off tomorrow afternoon so we can practice in the Seoul Studios tomorrow.

I used part of the afternoon to study and prepare for this evening service and then called on more of the men in the wards. I certainly like hospital work but you surely have to budget your time. This afternoon one of the men came up to see me and he visited for some time. About 3 this afternoon it started to rain and it really came down hard until about 8 this evening. It is only drizzling now. I certainly hope it doesn’t become cooler, for if it does, everything will be covered with a sheet of ice. It seemed so strange to have it raining so hard. I thought that any moment it my turn to snow but so far it hasn’t.

American Nurses that had been released after being POWs. 1945.

After eating this evening I came back up here to the office and was quiet for a little while and just prayed and thought for this evening’s message. My scripture was 1 Samuel 3:1-10.  And the title of the theme of my message was, “Haven’t You Heard?”  The idea being that we need to be in the right place before we can hear the Lord thus it behooves each one of us to be in the right place. And then finding ourselves in the right we go from there to the joy and service of being one with Christ. I concluded the message by using the idea of panics and mobs, they are such because they listen to the wrong voices. I didn’t get to ask Don the exact number in attendance but I would say it was around 45. I had wanted to come right up here to the office and write some other letters and then write yours but we had choir practice for the coming Christmas services which lasted until about 8:15. Miss Mason, one of the very fine nurses here, wanted to talk to me so we stayed in the chapel and talked until almost 11. I wish you would pray for her and some of the few other good nurses, for it isn’t to live over here under these conditions for often some men become quite demanding. Miss Mason makes me think of you and I told her about our wonderful love life and how it is founded on Christ and His love. And I assured her that we will both remember her in prayer. I can see that it isn’t very easy for them and my eyes have been opened to some of the things since I came over here to this new assignment. I cannot go into a lot of detail now but when I come back I will tell you all about it. I encouraged her in her stand for that which is right and assured her that the Lord would honor her in that stand in years to come with real joy and in Eternity with riches untold. Darling, I’m so very glad that you don’t have to throw in with such an environment as some of these girls have to live in. I’m not afraid that you couldn’t stand up under it but it would make me feel badly if you had to endure such things. When we are together and can talk and love like we used to do, I’ll tell you some of these things and then you can experience them through me. I explained to Miss Mason that all this would automatically straighten itself out if life was placed in its proper place. And that proper place is in Christ Jesus and then further showed her that she can be hands, feet, and tongue for Him. She said she had begun to feel that something was wrong with her because she refused to do all that was asked of her and then had it thrown in her face that she was old-fashioned and a killjoy. She thanked me and said it helped her very much. And she said she would like to be remembered to you and that she hopes someday to know you. And Darling, you know how happy I would be to have you know any of the people I’ve met. As I told her tonight and have told you, “You will always be to me God’s little girl.”  And I know that your life to her or any of the other friends would be a challenge and inspiration as it is to me.

  Well, Lover, it’s late and tomorrow will be a rather busy one with having to go into Seoul and practice for the broadcast this coming Sunday afternoon at 2 o’clock. Lover, you are so very very sweet and I love you more than ever. I’m going to try and get by to the 184th to see if I have any mail. I’m getting pretty lonesome to hear from you.

 With my deepest love forever in

 Christ Jesus,

  Willis

 Colossians 3:3

December 12, 1945

Seoul, Korea

12 December 1945

Sarah, My Beloved Darling Wife:

Well, one more day has slipped by and how thankful I am for that fact. I came up to the office early this morning and devoted a good share of the morning to studying. I haven’t had a decent chance to do any studying for quite some time. It took a couple of hours to call on all the men in the wards and I stayed right here reading my Bible and other little things until noon. As soon as I had my dinner I came back here to the office and wrote a letter to Mr. Kraft. I waited purposely before writing to him because I wanted to think it over for a while. He may show you the letter, I don’t know, but if he doesn’t I told him it was the most challenging thing that we know about thus far and that we will make it a matter of prayer; and I asked them to do the same.

by Willis on back: Mr. & Mrs. P.C. Hansen standing on the steps of the apt building of which they are assistant managers.

  I had hoped to do some more studying this afternoon but several interactions took place which naturally ruined most of the afternoon as far as studying was concerned. After eating this evening I came back here to the office and studied and planned my message for tomorrow evening. I don’t have it all done but at least I have it in mind.

  With this stack of letters staring me in the face I knew I must get busy so I made up my mind to try and get some of the letters out of the way this evening. As a result, I wrote to Jean Peden, Aunt Annie Scurlock, Mr. and Mrs. P.C. Hansen and Joan Cable. I also made up another envelope of letters for you to read.

  It was two below zero this morning when I got up and I have been pretty cold all day, but don’t worry, I’ll be all right. As soon as I finish this letter to you I’m going to hurry over to my hut and crawl into that good old sleeping bag. If that sleeping bag never paid for itself before it has certainly done so since my arrival in Korea. I suppose you are having some pretty cold weather back there now also. The sun shone a good share of the day but the snow did not melt.

  Darling, I’m going to enclose Joan Cables last letter and pictures in this letter, for I know you will enjoy reading her very fine letter. It is certainly good to see the wonderful work which the young people are doing in Long Beach. I know just what you mean when you said you become hungry for that kind of fellowship and service for the Lord. I do wish North Shore would get into gear in that respect. By the way, the pictures are Mrs. Cable and Carl, The Hollys, and Mr. and Mrs. Cable and Joan iand her father. I’ve tried to figure that situation out at North Shore Baptist Church but for some reason or other, it seems that I cannot see the situation clearly enough. But sometimes I’m inclined to believe that the trouble may be in the pulpit itself. There should never be compromises when it comes to the presentation of the truth of God’s word.

  I would like to talk to some of those brethren who are so critical of the Northern Baptist Convention. The trouble is they believe something which someone tells that is not true, rather than investigating and endeavoring to find out the facts. I cannot go into detail in this letter but I have made some definite observations concerning missions since being over here that might do some of the brethren good to look beyond the end of their own noses and beyond the reach of that which they have in their minds. I admire moral and spiritual courage but it is indeed foolish for them to disregard the facts.

  Lover, it is rather late and I’m very tired so I think I will close for now and try to get a good night’s sleep. God bless you and be sure to give the folks my love.

 Just yours tweetheart for always

 in Christ’s love,

 Willis

 Colossians 3:3

December 11, 1945

Seoul, Korea

11 December 1945

Dearest Darling Sweetheart:

It is again late Beloved, but I now have a pretty good excuse for a typewriter and I will seek to dash off a letter to you. I have just finished a short letter to Paul and Gen. I enclosed a money order for $15 from us for Christmas. I love them so very much and wanted to express our love to them somehow or other. The Lord has been so wonderfully good to us and I know of no other better place than passing it on to them.

American troops listening to a phonograph during the War.

  Well, this day was not quite as bad as yesterday. That is I mean as far as work is concerned, but otherwise, it has been a rounder. It started much before dawn. And the thing that was hardest about the whole thing was the fact that it was bitterly cold and our facilities for heating in the living quarters isn’t so good. About 10:30, Don and I left here for the old outfit to pick up mail for the patients but there was none to be had. And naturally, that meant we didn’t receive any either. By the time we managed to take care of all the other things it was almost 4 o’clock by the time we got back here. After again going around to the wards and visiting with some of the men it was time for me to get a little to eat. Have had something to eat I came up to the office and studied for a while for our first bible class which we started this evening. And much to my joy and thankfulness, there were 14 in attendance. Six of them were nurses. Those who were here were among the very best we have in the hospital. It is pretty hard to have class at a time when all can come who want to attend but we shall go ahead and count upon the Lord’s blessing.

  We had a phonograph brought up here to the office and then listened to the records which Emma sent some time ago. All of them liked them very much and we also had a good discussion. They left just a little while ago. It is really grand to meet such fine young people. I find it such a wonderful joy and privilege to work with others and try to help them know the Lord better.

  For about an hour this afternoon the snow really came down, that was the hardest I’ve seen the snow come down since I saw the blizzard of 1931 in Western Nebraska. The funny thing about it was the fact that inside of an hour and a half it was as clear as could be, you would have never known that it had stormed except for the snow all over everything. Don and I were driving back from Seoul in all of that snow, the wind was really traveling along for about 15 minutes there once.

  Lover, it is so very late and cold that I think I will close for tonight. In fact, it is very cold in this room right now. God bless you and the folks in all things.

 Forever just yours in Christ’s love,

  Willis

 Colossians 3:3

 P.S. Enclosed find a Korean Christmas card. 

December 10, 1945

Seoul, Korea

10 December 1945

Sarah, My Beloved Darling:

This has really been a lulu of a day for me from the very beginning, and now the day in a few minutes will be over and a new day begun. The highlight was the privilege of receiving two more of your precious letters, they were yours of November 28th and 30th, the 27th and 29th are missing and I’m hoping they reach me. Nothing so brightens or cheers a day as the arrival of your good letters. Besides your good letters I also received letters from the following:  Calvin Lee who is in Japan, Harold and Buena, Dolores and Al Beaudoin,  pastor of the church in East Moline, Illinois.

Memorial Day service on Okinawa led by some of the chaplains. Schreyer on left.

  As I told you we had to move early this morning, naturally that took time and as soon as that was over I came back to the hospital building and called on all the men in the wards. Many hadn’t had mail for a while so I made up my mind to trace some of it down for them. Besides that I got money orders for some of them and took care of many other details. I had dinner with the men at the 184th Infantry. And immediately left there for Corps Headquarters. Upon arriving there I found that I am to be in charge of the music for a special Christmas program which is to be broadcast to all the troops on Christmas. That besides all my other programs and work out here. I made arrangements with Chaplain Schreyer to meet me here this evening and I would  get things lined up for special music. By the time I had done all that I had promised to try and do for those in the wards, it was almost 6 this evening. I had a little to eat and then came up and Chaplain Schreyer and I spent about 3 hours getting things lined up and worked out for the above-mentioned Christmas program. It is difficult enough to take care of getting the ball rolling here in the hospital without having other things to do. Well, I know we are short on chaplains now but under existing conditions I’m willing and will do my best.

  By the way, I received two more packages today, they were from Kenyon’s and Don and Verla. And then we also received some other religious material. By the way, Al Blomquist called this afternoon while I was gone. Of all the times this is the one time I would have to be away.

  It was very cold today and I really had a long cold ride doing all that driving around today.

  Lover, this is not such a good letter I but I’m very tired and must get some rest for tomorrow. I wuv you more dan ever (I said it first and wast).

 Ever just yours in Christ’s love,

 Willis

 Colossians 3:3

December 9, 1945

Seoul, Korea

9 December 1945

Sarah, My Beloved Darling:

Another Lord’s day has rolled into Eternity and how very glad I am that we are that much nearer to the day when we can again be together. Those intervening days ahead are pretty hard to take at times, Darling. I know we shouldn’t live one day at a time and I do just that, but I even miss you one day at a time, and there have been so many in a row now that it is pretty difficult not to feel pretty lonesome like I do right now. My old heart is heavy and there is a lump in my throat. And it has been so very long since my hungry arms have held you in their embrace. Darling, at times I become so very lonesome for you. It is rather hard when you see others leave who have not been over near as long, but I, of course, realize they have children and were in the Army in the States much longer than I was. I’m not complaining, I am lonely for you and will do my best right here until that good day comes when I receive orders which say you are to report to the Continental limits of the United States.

Captain Mason, Willis Reed and Lt. Martin. February 1945.

  This has been a very full day since very early this morning. This morning I spoke on the theme, “It Does Make a Difference.”  We had a bulletin for today and I’m enclosing one for you to read. Don made a mistake in the scripture, it was Daniel 1:8-20. I used the idea that was in the 8th verse. “Daniel proposed in his heart not to defile himself with the meat of the king’s table.”  The idea being the importance of purpose. And then concluded; purpose without God is no purpose after all. There were over 140 in attendance.

  This afternoon I tried to do some reading and studying but was interrupted several times by different ones coming to see me, so as a result, I was unable to accomplish very much. This evening I spoke on, “The Means Determines the End.”  Scripture, Galatians 5:13-26.  We had 42 in attendance tonight and that is an increase of 14 over last Sunday evening.

  It has really been miserably cold today and about dusk this evening it started to snow. Right now the snow is very very fine. It could be warmer here but we will get by alright I’m sure.

  Tomorrow morning we all have to move into another building so that will take some time. (That is, I mean all officers have to move into another building). 

  Darling, it was seven years ago this morning that my mother passed away. It seems so all mixed up to me. I tried to love my mother but for some reason or other, she never seemed like my mother. I suppose it was because there were all those years when I didn’t even have the privilege of seeing her. She lived until I was almost 21 but I hardly knew her. I guess I’ll never understand all about it. Many times I’m inclined to believe it had much to do with helping prepare me for our life work together, Darling.

  After the evening service, I came up here to my office and wrote a letter to Major Mason’s father and also a letter to Lyle Baer. Then I prepared another envelope with letters and now I’m doing what I like the best now that we have to be apart.

  It was good to know the girls had such a find time at Club. What you prepared sounded very good and appetizing, to say the least.

  From what you said Bob Bothwell is leaving soon for language school. At that rate, it probably won’t be too long before they leave for Belgian Congo.

  Sweetheart, I’m pretty weary so I think I will close for tonight. God bless you richly Dear in all things.

 Yours alone in His precious love,

  Willis

 Colossians 3:3

December 8, 1945

Seoul, Korea

8 December 1945

Dearest Darling Sweetheart:

This has certainly been a lulu of a day, there were officers from Corps here this morning and this afternoon inspecting the hospital. In plain words, such inspections are just a pain in the neck. Our hospital was not to open until December 14th, but we already have quite a number of patients. We were understaffed but yesterday we received some more doctor replacements so that helps the situation some. There are a number of the doctors due to leave now that they’ve lowered the critical score for them to 70. For chaplains, our critical score is still 73, in other words, same as other line officers.

Seoul, fall 1945.

  This morning, I was able to accomplish very little outside of planning the order of service for tomorrow morning and call on all men in the various wards. After dinner, I worked on my sermon for some time and then proceeded to take care of more things which needed attention. Having had my evening meal I came on up here to my office, which is quite cold inside, to try and catch up on some of my back letter writing. First of all, I prepared two big envelopes of free mail letters to send to you, for I know you will want to read them. And then I wrote letters to the following before starting this letter to you:  Miss Peters, Marguerite Simonian, Sergeant Visconti and Elizabeth Riley.

It really is cold tonight and will probably become much colder before morning. I hope you can read this, my hands are pretty cold and stiff. But I find no cause to complain. I do get pretty tired of always hearing different ones complain about the meals, quarters, etc. I too would enjoy some other food but I am very grateful and thankful for that which I do have, even though it is canned and has a tendency to run the same order. I can honestly say there is nothing I dislike and one of your good meals will be most welcome. There are times I would prefer something else but I always feel badly afterwards if I complain, especially when I see how very little the Korean people have. Their main source of food is rice and thank the Lord they do have plenty of that. I was hungry too long and too often in combat to ever think of complaining again. I only wish people would take to looking at others more. Some fresh (not dehydrated) potatoes would taste good ,a little greens also, but as for me, thanks be unto God for sauerkraut, hash and Vienna sausage. And some apple butter and bread. It is so easy to complain and not say thank you to the Lord for His wonderful bountiful blessings to all men everywhere; even to those who blaspheme His holy name and claim no belief whatsoever in God.

  By the way, did I include Mr. and Mrs. Herbert Rohm on our Christmas letter list? Their address is 220 – 16th Avenue, East Moline, Illinois.

By the way, I forgot to tell you that I saw Chaplain Wells yesterday and asked for his wife’s telephone number (Palisades 0167).  You will find it is listed under Ralph Williams 3826 North Kostner, Chicago, Illinois. She will probably appreciate a call from you.

  I’m glad you were surprised and happy over the kimono. And it was good to know that Mom likes hers also.

I know the Batten’s must be very glad to know that Roger will soon be out of uniform. When you see Auntie Scaggs, be sure to give her my best wishes. I do hope the stroke wasn’t too serious.

  Darling, it’s it is late so I think I will retire for tonight. God bless you richly in all things.

 I am only and forever just yours in

 Christ’s love,

  Willis

 Colossians 3:3 

December 7, 1945

Seoul, Korea

7 December 1945

Dearest Darling Sweetheart:

Of course, the highlight of this day was the privilege of finding your two precious letters of November 25th and 26th waiting for me over at the old 184th Infantry. I’ve read them over the third time already and of course, they are due for more reading tomorrow and the other days ahead. Your letters always help me so very much. I also received a very fine letter from Auntie Annie Scurlock. That was the first letter I had received from her for quite some time. I certainly enjoy her letters. From what she told me about their minister, I’m really sorry for the people in the church. They certainly do need our prayers.

Seoul, Korea. January 1946.

  I also received the boxes which Mabel and Don and Rachel sent me for Christmas. Each box contains a fruitcake, candy, and Don and Rachel’s had popcorn. It has been crushed and most of it was spilled-don’t tell them, they may feel badly. And Mabel’s box contained a can of fried chicken which will undoubtedly taste good some one of these very cold evenings.

  This has been a rush day since the very beginning and I’ve been unable to do anything along the line of study or preparation for the weeks ahead. All I’ve done has been for patients we have here in the hospital. I won’t go into detail now because it would entail a lot of writing. As soon as I could see all the men in the wards, I lined all my work up and then Don and I left for Seoul. We had dinner with friends at the 184th Infantry. After taking care of a lot of things there, I went to Division Headquarters and received my pay for the month of November. I received $138.10 in cash this month. I drew it all here because I want to have a little more on hand than I have had in the past because I may need more now, and if it looks like I’ll leave at the certain time I want to get some of my things started home. This afternoon I got several money orders for patients to send home to loved ones for Christmas presents. While there, I bought two money orders, one for $10 for Jack and Bertha and the others for Hollys and Gail which was $10 for Hollys and $5 for Gail. I sent them tonight along with our deepest love. I thought that was the best way, then they can buy what they like because there may be some special thing they like or would like to have.

  Darling, in your letter of November 25th you expressed the desire that we ought to give more than $50 on the Sunday of Sacrifice. Remember Dear, it is all right with me and if God so leads you feel free to know that I’ll feel it is all right.

  Sweetheart, it is so late and I’m so weary tonight that I think I’ll close for now. God bless you my Darling Lover in all things.

 Yours forever in Christ’s love,

 Willis

 Colossians 3:3 

December 6, 1945

Seoul, Korea

6 December 1945

Sarah, My Dearest Darling:

It is very late and I am very weary but I do want to talk to you for a little bit anyhow. This has been another one of those days when I’ve been busy all the time, but try as I may, now it seems very little has been accomplished. I was up early this morning and called in all the wards and then came up to do some studying for my message this evening.

A group of army nurses in the South Pacific. 1945.

  Having had my dinner I came back here to the office and did some more reading. However, a little later I was called to straighten up a certain situation the other chaplain left. It took quite a while and then one of the nurses came up to see me about some Christmas music. She is one of the best around here (a fine Christian).  She’s going to do what she can do to help with our Christmas program. I’ve only been here about two weeks Darling but I’m certainly surprised to see how some of the nurses act. Honestly, I’m surprised to see how very very few actually do live separated lives. That will be all. We can visit better about it when we are together again.

  There were 24 in our midweek service this week. I had hoped for more but many more have left so I suppose that had something to do with the situation. I preached this evening on Luke 5: 47-32. The title and theme of my message was, “It’s What You See That Counts.”  The idea being Christ could see the potential possibilities in Matthew.

  Well, it wasn’t near as cold today, in fact, almost all the snow is gone now. And that even without having very much sunshine. I’m expecting more snow and cold weather most anytime now.

  It is good to know that Cleo and Howard like Salman’s Head of Christ. Louise Davis said in her last letter that Howard is now back at work American (?). I’m so glad they can be together now. I know they must be very happy.

  I’m glad you had such a good visit with Mrs. Jinn. She is indeed a remarkable woman. I have always enjoyed visiting with her. We need more women like her. So Judson has called Dr. Palmer. From what I’ve heard, he is a very fine man and ought to lead Judson on to greater service for Christ.

  Lover, it is so very late and I’m very weary so I think I feel close for tonight. Please forgive me for this poor letter. Remember, I love you more than ever.

 Forever just yours in His love,

 Your sweetheart,

  Willis

 Colossians 3:3

 P.S. After service this evening I started a letter to Louise Davis and then three soldiers came in to visit with Don and I but they didn’t leave until just a little while ago. 

December 5, 1945

Seoul, Korea

5 December 1945

Sarah, My Beloved Darling:

This has been a rounder of a day from the time I got up to this very minute. Most important of all is the fact that I received your wonderful letter of November 24th, that letter helped me no end. Along with your letter, I got a lovely letter from Joan Cable. As soon as I answer her letter I’ll send it along for you to read. She also enclosed three pictures which I think you will also enjoy.

Sarah with flowers from Willis. 1945.

I worked in the wards calling on the various men seeing what I could do to help them and so on until a few minutes after 10 this morning. Then Don and I left here to take Mr. Kraft’s letter for Rody to his home. We found no one at home so I didn’t want to chance leaving it without being sure he received it, so I decided to find Dr. Chey’s wife who works as a Red Cross helper at Corps Headquarters. At length I found her and gave her the letter for Rody. Dr. and Mrs. Chey  live right next to Gyuns.  She is a graduate of Oberlin College and her husband Dr. Chey is a graduate of NYU in Business Administration. He used to teach at Chosen Christian College but is now one of the important men in the Department of State under our Military Governor. When I finally found Mrs. Chey I found out that Rody had an orchestra with him in the Southern Provinces putting on musicals for our troops. He will probably not be back here in Seoul until after the 8th of December. He is very busy and of course is very popular with the Koreans as well as the soldiers. I understand he is planning a special Christmas program here in Seoul for our soldiers.

  Don and I had dinner with our old outfit and visited for some time with old friends. Finally, we left there to take care of some various things for different patients here in the hospital. By the time we found all the places and drove back here it was about 4:30. I called on the wards and gave the men the things I managed to acquire for them. Then I came back to my room and cleaned up and had my evening meal. I had only been up here in my office for a few minutes when a certain soldier came in to see me about pressing problems. Finally he left and then I wrote a letter to Chief and Mom. I’m afraid they will think it is a terrible letter but I do want them to know I love them very much.

  And now Beloved I’m doing the thing I like best of all, writing to the dearest one in all this world to me. I do pray and hope these days of writing will soon pass, I’m so very lonesome just to hold you in my arms and talk and pray like we used to do. Nothing can ever take the place of your blessed presence, Dear.

  It was a little warmer today, but it was still quite cold. By the way, they had another building burned down back in the old 184th area. As near as they can tell, it was a defective flue or chimney.

  I was surprised to hear about North West talking to you about North Shore, I’m wondering if he ever did speak to Dr. Wilson about it, or do you know? Those tests they’ve been giving at Northern sound like something. I suppose they are doing that preparatory to getting accreditation for Northern.

  I was sorry to hear about Joyce’s mother. I do hope she is getting along all right now. I was also sorry to hear about Julie being ill. It is good to know she didn’t lose her baby. I suppose she will have to be very careful now for some time.

  Lover, for some reason or other I’m very weary so I think I will close. God bless you in all things, and remember, I love you more than ever I have before.

 Forever yours only, Beloved in

 Christ’s precious love,

 Willis

 Colossians 3:3