Okinawa Shima – Ryukyu Islands
27 April 1945
My Dearest Darling Sweetheart:
Well, we are one day nearer to the day when we can be together. I will certainly be grateful for the privilege of working and planning with you in the work we love the most.
I haven’t accomplished very much or at least it seems that way. I have been on the go visiting different units. I always enjoy seeing the different groups in their respective responsibilities.
Darling, I just had a pleasant surprise with the arrival of some more back mail. There was one letter from you, it was for March 15th. Besides your letter, I received letters from the following: Dolores, Hansens, Catherine Riley and an old letter from John and Helen. I’m going to send this letter as well as the later one to you. One thing in John’s letter was of interest to me. And that was the fact that some were wondering if you would come and take charge until I am able to return. It was very kind of them to remember us that way. I only hope and pray they get a good pastor and young peoples leader.
This afternoon I was on a high point observing the front lines. Over our heads we could hear the whistle of the artillery shells speeding to their marks. We could see flame throwing tanks cleaning up caves. Just in front of the bursting artillery could be seen our great Air Force. Diving, wheeling and gliding through the blue of God’s heaven. They carried rockets, bombs and also strafed by power diving on the enemy.
Everywhere you could see mighty blasts, and dust rising into the sky. The roar and shell bursts sometimes would shake you and jar like someone had struck you a heavy blow.
Just after coming back here to Headquarters, Paul Wells came in to see me. It was certainly good to see him again. He told me all the news from Marjorie and showed me some late pictures of their baby which was really sweet. Won’t it be grand when we can have our own family? I just love children.
This evening we had our evening Vesper service, there were 14 present. They had been reading Proverbs before I came so we continued with the 19th chapter. I studied on it when I had a couple of chances. The more I read and study the Bible the more I love it. I read the chapter through first of all and then called to their attention the most important verses and built a message around them. As I have said before, the more I teach or try to give an expository message, the more I love to. I have a long long way to go but I above all else want to be a means of helping others love His word. I assure you I’m going to do my very best to be fit for the Master’s use.
Well my Dear, I’m going to answer your letter of March 15th. I was certainly interested to hear that they needed 16 missionaries in the Philippines. I hope we are able to send them as soon as possible, because from what I’ve seen of the Philippines they certainly need missionaries. Sometime I will tell you about it. I know how much Dr. Stiansen would be considered. He certainly has a missionary passion. We need more with his concern.
I’ve always admired Dr. Pierce and I am fully in accord with his convictions on counseling couples before marriage.
I was glad to hear that Gen’s father doesn’t have cancer, I’m sure she must feel a lot better knowing that it wasn’t so serious.
That was nice of Roy String to send you such a nice letter. And I know you must have been happy with the pictures. I knew about the picture of Paul and I, but I didn’t know Roy took pictures of me during a service.
Dear, I’ve had some time trying to write you, first of all a couple of men have been here to see me and we’ve had air raids. So if this letter doesn’t make sense, please forgive me.
I thought you knew what “Snafu” meant. It means, “situation normal all fouled up.” That’s an expression that many use to describe the Army. I really got a kick out of dear Mom unshopping her hat. I suppose the dear Chief still runs into that snag of unshopping things once in a while, doesn’t he? I can just to see him doing it.
Well my Dear, I will have to cease for now. God bless you and give my love to the folks.
Forever yours in Christ abiding
And perfecting love.
P.S. I’m enclosing John and Sharon Mueller’s picture in this letter. I will send their other letters by free mail.