August 16, 1945

Okinawa Shima – Ryukyu Islands

16 August 1945

Sarah: My Dearest Darling:

This evening I had the joy of having three of your letters, they were for August 3rd, 4th and 5th. They were so good and I was really becoming lonesome to hear from you. According to your last letter you were out at the cottage for your vacation and I do hope it proves to be very restful and refreshing both physically and spiritually. It must be nice to get away like that for a while. I received four of the pictures which you took on the boat trip and they are really good, I suppose the others will be in your next letters. I also got some other letters, they were from the following people: Paul Vogel, Faith Allen, Louise Davis, Connie, Dolores, Jack and Bertha, Katherine Riley, North Shore Baptist, Tremont Temple News and other official mail.

Early this morning Paul and I arranged for transportation and called on some of our men in the hospitals. It was almost 4:30 by the time we were able to get back here to our headquarters. Just before noon I had the privilege of seeing Alrik for about five minutes, he had just arrived with his new hospital outfit. From all we hear, the formal signing of surrender papers with Japan are to take place sometime tomorrow in Manila. The sooner they get this thing straightened out the better I will feel. I know of course we are going to run into some diehards in some places. Rumors are flying fast and furious now as to what we are going to do in the near future. I will just wait and see. Many men make themselves the most uncomfortable because they’re always getting their hopes up on something which they are not at all sure about and when it fails to materialize as they had hoped they immediately have the blues and do a lot of complaining. We never know, we may be home in three or four months, but I would rather count on the next spring or summer and be pleasantly surprised.

I’m still trying to fully realize just how good it is to know we are not going to have to fight as we did on this island. It hardly seems true that we are no longer at war officially. That is, we have been ordered to cease firing. Of course, I realize that V-J Day will not be officially proclaimed by President Truman until Japan has officially signed surrender papers through her appointed representatives.

Darling, the mail came in very late tonight and as a result I won’t be able to write you a long letter because it is very late now. It took a long time to read all of the letters which I received. God bless you Beloved in all things. Give the folks my love also.

Yours now and forever in the love

of Christ,

Willis

Colossians 3:3

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