April 13, 1945

Okinawa Shima 

Ryukyu Islands

13 April 1945

Dearest Darling:

After returning to this area this evening I had a most pleasant surprise. I found some mail had arrived for me. I received the following letters from you, March 7th, 8th, 12th, 13th, 14th and 30th. I will be glad when all of the back letters reach me. Darling, words cannot describe how much those letters meant to me. I had to read them hurriedly so I could write to you before dark. Besides your letters, I received letters from the following people-Louise Davis, dad, Stan and Lee, Dr. Hepburn, Betty Riley, Mrs. Taxtor, Gail Holly, two letters from my grandmother and aunt and bulletins from First Church Long Beach and other official mail.

I have been on the go all day, calling at the hospital, visiting Division Headquarters, cemetery and visiting various scattered units.

By the way, in a pile of rubble I found some old envelopes with Japanese stamps, so I picked them up for Dr. Mantey. I know he is interested in them so I’ll send 10 of them in this letter, that is all I’m allowed to send in a letter. I will enclose more in tomorrow’s letter. However, the others are the same as those enclosed, that is, I should say some are alike.

By now you may know that Louise Davis has had an operation. The letter she wrote was March 7th and she was planning on having the operation in a week. She noticed a lump in one of her breasts and went to the doctor and he recommended immediate operation. She is afraid it is cancer and asked my prayer. She said she will never forget how you and I called on her when she was sick before. She said she wished we were there now.

The letter from my father was written on March 8th, just before he had the operation. I do hope he is gaining his strength by now. The letter from Gail was really sweet, she also enclosed a late picture. She is such a good girl. The letter from Mrs. Taxtor was very nice also. Dr. Hepburn sent me such a beautiful Easter card. When I can get a little time I’m going to write him a letter. The reason he likes me is because he thinks so much of you, Dear.

Dear, it is getting dark so I won’t to be able to write such a long letter tonight. From day today I will seek to answer your letters, as well as make comments. By the way, my assignment brought me here quicker than Alrik. The reason, I’m with combat troops. Well Darling, I must close. God bless you and the folks.

Yours forever in the love of Christ,

Willis

Colossians 3:3 

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