April 7, 1945

Okinawa Shima 

Ryukyu Islands

7 April 1945

Sarah, My Dearest Darling:

Well, another day is past and it will soon be so dark I cannot see, so I’ll get this letter off to you right away. Darling, I only wish you knew how much it means for me to have you and your precious love; you can be certain of this, it is one of the things that sustains me in such days as these. It is the one thing, for as you know, we are one in Christ now and ever. As you know, to me you will always be more than ever I could have asked God for, for after all, I could have never thought of all the wonderful things you are. I’m constantly thinking of you and wishing I could talk to you about so many things I see and experience. We will talk about them later but often so much is lost when you cannot discuss the things at the time they took place.

Well, today you should have finished your fifth week of the last quarter. Everyday I check in my little date book and try to imagine what you are doing at certain times. There is 10 hours difference between here and home as well as one day, so that way you can see when it is getting dark here it is just breaking day back there.

I have been on the go all day but it seems very little has been accomplished. Early this morning I went to our division hospital to see the men. I visited with the men for about two hours, on the way back I visited some of the men in my companies. I still had a little time before eating time so I read my Bible and Haley’s handbook.

After eating, I left here for one of the civilian camps to see what I can do. I helped there for about an hour and then proceeded onto our Division Cemetery. I visited some more of my scattered units and then came back by the hospital to see them men. I talked to one officer for quite a while, he was seriously injured but he has a chance to live. With penicillin and sulfa, as well as whole blood, they maybe able to save him. I would certainly like to be a hospital chaplain. I watched two other men in surgery and left for this area. It isn’t wise to be outside your own perimeter of defense after dark. And I always try to allow enough time to avoid being caught. It has been much warmer today and all of us are grateful for that. Well my Dear, I must close for tonight. God bless you my Beloved in all things. As well as Mom and the Chief. I love you Darling with my whole being.

Yours forever I am in the love of our

Lord Jesus Christ,

Willis

Colossians 3:3

P.S. I’m also enclosing the last two letters I got from Jack and Bertha.

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