April 12, 1945

Okinawa Shima 

Ryukyu Islands

12 April 1945

Sarah, My Dearest Darling:

Well, another day is past and we are that much nearer the time when we can be together. As for me, that day can come none too soon. We were awakened very early this morning by air raids. If any of the enemy planes got away, they were very few, for I saw three of them shot down myself. It is about time for them to come in again. They generally come in about dusk. They call them “Wash Machine Charlies” because their engines sound so tinny.

As far as I know they only dropped one bomb and fortunately it didn’t hurt anybody. Early this morning I went to the hospital again to see the men.

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Later I caught several rides and finally got to Division Headquarters. I got back here in time to eat and right after dinner visited other units around here. About 4 o’clock I went to the hospital again. And by the time I got back here it was time to eat. As soon as I had something to eat, I wrote a letter to my father and a v-mail letter to Captain Wilson and Carl Anderson. I also wrote a letter to a mother whose son was killed in action. Well Dear, I’m going to answer your letter of March 11th. From what you told me in the letter you certainly had a busy day on the 11th.

I was interested in what you said about Dr. Wilson’s screaming over unimportant points. Darling, I don’t remember what North Shore Baptist it was, but it was the one concerning Dr. Wilson day and different quotations of members and thoughts of Dr. Wilson. It may be alright but I’m getting tired of reading about NSBC and its pastor as the greatest church in the NBC. I just wish some of the members would try and realize how that may look and sound to an outsider. Personally, I feel if a church or a people are doing right in their relationship to Christ they don’t have to worry about publicity and note. Christ’s words are still our charge and challenge for today. “And I, if I be lifted up will draw all men unto me.” I, as a minister, or Chaplain, want to be liked but I certainly don’t want to be liked to the extent that men are shielded from seeing Christ. Pray for me that I may be so used. If and when we are in our pastorate again I can assure you that we must watch that as a guide in really preaching and living Christ to our people. Praise is alright but overdone it becomes disgusting. Some individuals use superlatives so often you are confused in knowing just when they really mean all they say. I’m very much concerned about NSBC . And unless they change they are going to be progressing in the wrong direction. I certainly cannot see this idea of mixing entertainment in worship services and calling it an evening worship service. I cannot see this business of boasting about attendance and pulling all kinds of things to get people out and then ask them to join the greatest church in NBC. I like NSBC naturally, but I am concerned about those they are reaching and those who are really consecrating their life to Christ. It seems quality counts in churches over quantity, for at least it ought to.

Darling, it is so dark I cannot seem to write much more so I’ll close for tonight. God bless you. I’ll try to answer more of your letter tomorrow night. Give my love to the folks.

Yours alone forever in the love

Of Christ Jesus our Lord

Willis

Colossians 3:3

P.S. Enclosed is Paul’s letter, the one I answered last night.

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