Keijo (Seoul), Korea
13 October 1945
Sarah, My Darling Wife:
Another day has slipped by but there wasn’t any mail, and from what I’ve heard about the damage done in the storm which struck Okinawa, I suppose we will be without mail for several more days. It is now over three weeks since I’ve known what you were doing. That is entirely too long to be without news from you, Lover. It will be so good when we can know each day what the other is doing. I’ve just finished reading some of your letters over and they do help, but I’m hoping for some more because they do help me so very much. I hope that my mail has been coming through better to you lately.
The sun was out all day but it was still quite cold. All of us had to wear our fields jackets to keep warm, even during the warmest part of the day. This morning I studied for a while and then two different men came in to see me about some problems with they had. After I had taken care of them, I wrote a letter to Freddie Romer, Pearson’s at Chenoa, Illinois, and Miss Pettus. After finishing those letters, I made up another envelope with letters and sent them on to you to read it. There was just a little time left before dinner so I went over to the Regimental Medics and got my shot for influenza. My arm hurt a quite a lot this afternoon but it feels much better now. I believe I have had shots for almost anything they can give you shots for now. It won’t be long until I have to start taking some more booster shots for the different things I’ve been given before. You can be sure that when you are over in this theater of operations you can get shots for almost everything there is to have.
After having had my dinner I came back to my office and studied for a few moments before leaving for one of the companies a long way from our headquarters. I had services for them and there were twelve men in attendance. I spoke on Matthew 19:16-22. The Rich Young Ruler. The theme of my message was this, “Even though salvation is a free gift, we are to remember that it isn’t cheap.” Of course, I brought in such passages of scripture as Ephesians 2: 8-10. By the time we got back here and there was very little time before supper so I used the time to write a letter to Bill and Mabel Fetz. As soon as I had finished supper I came back over here and studied for Bible class. While studying, there were eight men came in to see me about a certain problem we face here which I care not to mention in a letter. I’ll tell you about it sometime. By the time they left, it was time for me to hurry over to the place where we meet for our Bible class. We finished all of the 5th chapter of John but where Christ fed the 5,000. I hope we will be able to get to that out of the way and start on the 6th chapter in our next class. They were 18 in attendance this evening. Some of old faithfuls have moved out to an area over 50 miles from here. We will certainly miss them in our Bible classes and services.
I saw something just before dinner which just crushed me and I still feel within my heart an ache for that dear mother. One of our big trucks ran into her eleven-year-old son and killed him instantly. He was such a fine-looking lad even though very poorly clad. It was easy to tell by the mother’s manner of dress that they were exceedingly poor. Her clothes were not dirty but they were tattered and badly worn. Of course, she being Korean she couldn’t understand what I might say. She was so stunned she was speechless and there were tears . Darling, I cannot go into detail but I shall never in all my life wanted nothing more than to be able to put my arm around that mother and talk to her in a language she could understand. When we are together I’ll tell you more about the situation, be sure to pray for this mother. Some of our drivers drive like they were on a speedway and expect everyone else to look out for them. And actually, that is what you have to do if you value your life at all.
Sweetheart, I’m glad to know that you got the diamond insured, for after all, it is very valuable and it wouldn’t pay not to have it protected. It certainly makes me happy to know that you liked it so very very much. It must be very nice looking from what you and Mom have told me.
I was surprised about you getting to see Bob Bothwell. So he is back in the States now? I know it must be nice for him to have his wife with him. I knew they had one child but I didn’t know about the other little girl. Did he say anything about hoping to get out of the Army very soon?
So, Dr. Clearwaters spoke in Chapel again? I suppose you will be missing some of the good speakers in Chapel this year when you are not there all the days of the week. I look back on some of those Chapel days as marvelous experiences. I only hope I can be as good as speaker like he is someday, and most of all, a real servant of the Lord. Honestly, I am praying and hoping that you will be able to notice a genuine improvement when you hear me the next time. There may be a tendency to think so just because I’m back, but I hope that will be such a marked improvement that there will not be any doubt in your mind.
Lover, I like the drawing of your brown dress, it must be very nice. You are such a wonderful wife to make all of your dresses like you do. I think it ought to be pretty nice to wear this fall. Darling, I’m rather tired so I think I will close for tonight and write to you more tomorrow evening. Be sure to give the folks by love.
I’m yours and yours only for the
ages of the ages in Christ’s love, Dearest.
P.S. Enclosed find a letter from Pearsons at Chenoa and from Bill Fetz, the fellow I met while going to Lakeview Evening High School.