Okinawa Shima – Ryukyu Islands
20 July 1945
Dearest Darling Sweetheart:
Your letter of July 10th arrived today and it was so good to have it. It helped cheer me up a lot. The wind was rather strong until mid afternoon, it is still blowing but not nearly as bad as it has been. Several times during the day it poured rain and then we have had squalls often throughout the day. As I told you in this morning’s letter, after my experience of last night I was going to fix our tent. I hunted around and found some old logs and timbers and then proceeded to build a good frame for our tent. Don helped me with it, it took us until 3 o’clock this afternoon. It was really hard to do anything with a big tent like that when the wind is blowing so hard. And what even made it worse was the heavy rain at times. We were just soaked when we finished the job. I knew we had to keep at it or we would not have finished it today, I didn’t want to go through another night like last night so we really worked hard on it from about eight until three this afternoon. I stopped for about half an hour and had my dinner then went right back to work on it.
After that, I only had about enough time to come down here to the Chaplain’s tent and have my devotions and study some on my message for this coming Sunday morning. I had my supper and then returned to our tent and wrote a letter to Connie. Her birthday is the 13th of this month. After writing that letter I wrote a letter to Major Mason. And now I have the joy of writing to the one I love more with the passing of every hour.
It doesn’t seem that I’ve accomplished much today but I have been on the go since daybreak and am really a little tired. However, be that as it may, I want to make a few comments on your letter of June 26th. The things which you brought to give to Zelma Norrington for the baby shower sounded very good. I’m sure those things will be very useful. I know she must be overjoyed with the fact that her husband is home for the occasion of the baby’s birth.
What Gen told you that Dorothy Olsen told her, also reached me. I do hope that Dave and his wife realize the situation and not take the church down with them. As you say, we must remember them in our prayers.
Dear, I’m glad you don’t want to do just office work at North Shore, I wouldn’t object too much if it were entirely Christian education. But as for me, I would rather have you to go back to Northern and finish your thesis and take a few courses that you want and will like.
This is a very short letter I know but I am so tired I think I will quit and go to bed. God bless you Dear and give the folks my love.
Just yours forever in the love
Of our Lord Jesus Christ,
PS enclosed find the last letter I got from “Val” Mason.