April 20, 1945

Okinawa Shima – Ryukyu Islands

20 April 1945

My Beloved Darling:

I have just received two more of your letters, they were yours of March 23rd and 26th. Those two were ones you sent to the 24th Corps. I will be glad when all those other missing letters get here. Besides your letters, I had a v-mail letter from Dr. Mantey (I’ll send it to you as soon as I answer it), Gail Holly, ABMS letter, Louise Davis, two letters from Dolores, bulletin from NSBC and other official mail. Your letters are always such a lift to me after a trying day out here. I will certainly be thankful when we don’t have to depend on letters to know what we have been doing or what is nearest our hearts. Well, I hope it won’t be too much longer before we can be together and do the things we love the most.

This morning early I went to the hospital to see the wounded who were being brought in. The fighting has been very bitter all day and in some sectors it was hand to hand. The enemy is certainly entrenched on the high ground. They have all kinds of caves and tunnels. Actually, the ground is honeycombed. We still have a long way to go, and I will be so glad when we have secured the island.

Later this afternoon I saw Chaplain Schreyer and he was well and thankful he wasn’t up this way. I would have liked to talk to him longer but I didn’t have the time.

I arrived back here from Division Headquarters about an hour before supper so I wrote to v-mail letters to the wives of soldiers, Mrs. Hadford (whose letter I’ll enclose for you to read), Daunt and Mil, Aunt Annie and Elise Pierce. I just don’t have the time to write anything else but v-mail letters except to my darling wife. Dear, I am always going to try and write you a good letter everyday. I know some of them are not what I would like but it is the best I can do under existing circumstances.

Willis leads communion. April 1945.

By the way, the photographer came by today and gave me a copy of each picture he took. I was surprised when he gave me five, for I thought he only took two. The men were so scattered out along the steps he couldn’t get them all in for which I am sorry. He told me he didn’t want to interrupt the service or he would have asked them to move, and that would have meant moving boxes or sitting on the ground. He said he thought the altar was the most important which was thoughtful on his part. I hope you like them, Dear.

Well Dear, I’m going to start with your letter of March 23rd . 

It was a fine grade you got in Church History, it’s unfortunate you had to miss that one little question. I’ve read F.B. Meyer’s book,”Tried by Fire,” and I think it is really a fine book.

You said you were going to talk to Dr. Mantey about the job at church. I guess you told me about it in another letter, I don’t know what it’s about so I’ll wait and see what it was about.

By the way, I forgot to mention the fact that I finally received the song book. It is lovely and will be of help to us sometime in the future. Darling, I didn’t get a chance to finish this letter last night because the Japanese came over and did some strafing. Naturally, we took to our holes. By the time it was over it was so dark I couldn’t see to finish this letter. The sun is just coming up here now and it is certainly beautiful; sprinkled all over the eastern sky you can see rosy tinted clouds while as they span across the sky to the west, they change from many shades of red to a deep bluish purple.

I suppose Ellen is very glad to have Charles back with her in the States. From what you said in your letter, they must have a nice little place to live.

I hope the Chaplain’s Department returns your picture of me undamaged as they promised. I wonder why they want it. I sent them a copy when I had to those taken at Harvard University.

Yes Dear, I have flown about 20,000 miles over the Pacific Ocean now. Which means I have over 110 flying hours all together now.

Dear, I will have to close now and get at the things I have planned for today.

God bless you my Dear and give the folks my love.

Yours I am now and forever in the

Love of Christ Jesus,

Willis

Colossians 3:3

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