January 22, 1946

Seoul, Korea

22 January 1946

Sarah, My Beloved Darling:

Well, another day has just about slipped by and I was very much disappointed when I found out that there wasn’t any mail again today. The days are never so bright when I fail to have mail from you, Darling. I’m almost afraid to hope for mail tomorrow because it wasn’t such good flying weather today so that is certainly against hoping for mail. However, as I do on other occasions, when I don’t receive mail from you I read over again your last letters.

  It was cloudy and warm all day, and naturally, I couldn’t help but think of the good old USA. I’m expecting some more cold weather almost any time now, as I said once before, we can still expect some pretty cold weather until about the 15th of February.

  General Lerch’s aid, (Captain Forbes), called me this morning and told me that the General was planning on coming to the hospital to visit all the patients who are from the Military Government. I went to the wards and checked to find out where each man was from and thus compiled the list so we could go right to the wards when he came out here to the hospital. And then the rest of the morning I managed to find a little time to study. After dinner I had several other things to take care of. In the meantime, Chaplain Kuester called me to tell me that he was leaving for the States this coming Friday. He is another good friend going, he served in the States over a year before coming overseas thus he has more points and enough to go home. He was so thrilled he practically shouted the news to me over the telephone. I don’t blame him, for I know how I would feel if I should receive such news.

Major General Lerch.

  I had just finished talking to him when General Lerch arrived and I took him to all the various wards to see the men attached to Military Government. As you know, Major General Lerch is now the Military Governor of Korea. He was sent out here by the State Department to take Major General Arnold’s Place. General Hodge is leaving for the States soon and General Arnold is to take over command of the 24th Corps. I found out, much to my surprise, that General Lerch is a native of Nebraska, born about 60 miles from where I was born. He was very gracious to me in every way and asked me to come down to his headquarters someday for a visit. He asked me a lot of questions concerning the morale of soldiers and asked what I thought could be done to help the situation.

  You’ll be interested to know that I have new man to take Don’s place, his name is Dennis W. Patterson and his home is Grand Forks, North Dakota. He is a very earnest young Christian and I believe he will work out alright. However, he will not be able to take Don’s place, for Don was the ideal chaplain’s assistant. Words just cannot describe how much I miss Don.

  I was surely glad to hear about the nice letter and card which we received from the Reveals. They are surely grand friends and I do hope you’ll be able to see them again soon. Miss Sue Ellen told me in her letter that Tootsie receive a diamond for Christmas, as did Beverly Collison. I hope they are going with good Christian young men.

  I was surprised to hear about Milo Nixon being called to the church where Gen and Paul go. It will surely be a wonderful setup for them to say the least. I would surely be happy if we can get something like that, but it is almost too much to hope for because most of such opportunities will be gone because of other returning chaplains when I return. Sweetheart, if you get a chance, I think it might be a good idea for you to mention it to Paul Allen if you ever have a chance. I would appreciate having Paul’s office address if you can find out what it is. Have you heard how Paul’s wife is getting along since the operation? Paul surely doesn’t have an easy job and I think that he needs our prayers as he takes over that most important task. I’m sure he will be in for a lot of criticism by some of the brethren. For I’m sure you remember what I told you about his reactions to the mission board controversy.

  From what you told me in your last letter, you must have had a very fine time at the Paul’s home. As you said in your letter, they are indeed the ideal hosts. I would have enjoyed so much the privilege of being in their home with you that evening.

  Darling, I did receive the Christmas tree from Kenyon and Gen and had it right here on my desk all during the holidays. Everybody admired it and thought it very nice. I’m sorry I forgot to mention it in any of my letters to you. Little things like that helped to cheer our Christmas over here in Korea.

  Well Beloved, I have a rather miserable cold so I think I will retire early and see if I can break it up. God bless you and the folks in all things.

 Yours alone for all the ages in His perfecting love,

 Willis

 Colossians 3:3 

January 21, 1946

Seoul, Korea

21 January 1946

Dearest Darling Sweetheart:

I had hoped that I would have some mail from you today, but there wasn’t any mail at all, so now I’m hoping we will have some tomorrow. I have just finished reading some of your last letters over again. The best thing about this day is the fact that it brings us one day nearer to the time when we can be together.

Willis with his assistant, Don McClintock. Taken shortly after they began working together.

  At 7:30 this morning I bid Don goodbye. It was very hard to see him go. He is a very fine Christian and I know I’ll never be able to find anyone to take his place. As far as I know, they will spend the night at the processing center and load on the troop ship sometime tomorrow. I have a feeling that they will probably sail late tomorrow afternoon or Wednesday morning. He will probably be home in about 2 and 1/2 weeks. He looks to be in Joliet sometime around the 10th of February. Words cannot describe how hard it was to see him go and be left behind. I’ve seen so many of my friends go and still be left behind. But I’m hoping that it won’t be too much longer before I can start back to the good old USA.

  Early this morning I called in a number of wards and then came back up here to my office and studied until noontime. I have so very little time to do any reading so I have to snatch what time I can here and there. And then the entire afternoon was spent trying to get some of the things straightened out around here. I got some more of the things rounded up for one of the chaplains who used to be with the hospital and I’m going to have them boxed up and sent to him. It is hard to go through so much stuff and know what to do with it, that is, what to save and what to discard. It was time to eat by the time I had gone through all the things.

  After supper, I came back up here to the office and did some more reading and then Miss Asmus came in to visit and stayed for about an hour and a half and she had only been gone a short time when another soldier came in to see me about some things. 

This has certainly been a very beautiful day in every way today as far as the weather is concerned. It was just like spring. It is very muddy and sloppy and most of the snow is gone. Of course, the mountain peaks are all covered and really make a pretty sight.

  From what you said in your letter, you must have had a very fine time at Julie’s. I’m glad that they arranged to pick you up at the end of the car line. I was truly sorry to hear about Mom’s rash, I hope it clears up very soon. Poor little Mom seems to have her share of things. Darling, I was truly glad to hear about the good report what you gave me concerning Mr. Riley, the new field representative for Northern. We need more men like him.

  Lover, when you see Vernon Ritter be sure to give him my very best wishes. I’m sure that he must be very very busy with all his school work and church work. I will hope to see him shortly after my return. In that I’m so tired and it is late, I think I will close for tonight. Be-de-bop-boo, I wuuuve you more dan ever forever. You id tow tweet. Give the folks my love.

Always just yours in Christ’s love,

 Willis

 Colossians 3:3

 P.S. Enclosed find 9 pictures of Okinawa and Korea – read on the back. 

January 20, 1946

Seoul, Korea

20 January 1946

Dearest Darling Sweetheart:

This has been a very long and full Lord’s day and I’m really very tired and weary this evening. I’ve just finished reading some of your last precious letters over. As I mentioned last evening in my letter, there wasn’t any mail but I’m surely hoping there will be some mail tomorrow. I wanted to get this letter started sooner, or I should say earlier, but several different men came in to bid me good-bye. They are leaving early tomorrow morning. Don is leaving with them. I’m certainly going to miss him, it is really hard to see so many going and always being left behind. The Lord surely has some purpose in it, but I’m desperately lonesome for you.

Taken by Willis. In Sarah’s scrapbook.

  After calling in some of the wards I came back to my office and went over my morning sermon. There was a very good crowd out for services this morning. In fact, the chapel was filled to capacity. This evening there were thirty-three in attendance which isn’t too bad when you consider the tremendous shortage we have in manpower. I’m not going to go into detail concerning the sermons. The outline of the morning sermon was: ( 1)  We limit God by our sin. (2)  We limit God by lack of prayer. (3) We limit God by our lack of service. Enclosed find our order of service. Also find  enclosed the G.I. Gospel Hour order of service. I spoke there this afternoon but we had more in attendance at our morning service. We are just getting it started here and it is difficult to get it going when so many of our old faithfuls are leaving all the time. As you will note, I spoke on, “In Whose Interest?”  The scripture was Matthew 10:38-39.

  It really warmed up a whole lot today and started to thaw around 9 o’clock. Almost all the snow and ice are gone now and the roads are in pretty bad shape. A day like this made me think so much of spring in the States. We will probably have some more cold weather but we will probably start having warmer weather around the 15th of February.

  Sweetheart, your letter of December 31st was beautiful and it really meant a whole lot to me in every way. From what you told me, the Watch Night service at Buena must have been very lovely. They have always had such very fine services. Darling, I like very much your selection of our prayer verse for this coming year (Philippians 3:9-10).

  It is good to know that I can forget mentioning what you earned working for Mr. Paul. I’ve also been informed that here but I don’t know whether we will report our income tax over here or not, if not, I will take care of it when I return to the States.

  From what you said in your letter, Paul must have picked up a very nice bookcase. I’m sure we will need another bookcase or two and as soon as we are settled I’m going to try and get them for us. Sweetheart, it is so late and I’m so tired I think I’ll close for tonight. God bless you and the folks in all things. Remember that I love you more than I ever have before. Thank you for being such a wonderful sweetheart and wife.

 Always and forever just yours in

 Christ’s love,

  Willis

 Colossians 3:3

January 19, 1946

Seoul, Korea

19 January 1946

Dearest Darling Sweetheart:

This has been a long tiresome day for they were so many interruptions and now it seems I was able to accomplish very little. There wasn’t any mail today but I hardly expected any extra after receiving three letters from you yesterday. I will be surprised if there is mail tomorrow. I think Monday will be about the first we can expect mail now. I certainly look forward to your letters. I’ve just finished reading some of your last letters over again.

184th Infantry Headquarters where Willis was stationed.

  Several times during the day I did manage to get some studying done, but not near all I would like to have done. Nothing of importance was accomplished, for everything was very much routine such as calling on the men in the various wards. I was approached again about joining the regular Army, but I gave them a hearty, “NO.”  By the way, this afternoon at 2 o’clock the 184th Infantry Regiment was officially deactivated with the lowering of colors and became the 31st Regiment which was lost on Bataan. The colors of the regiment are to be returned to the States. The 184th is out of the old 40th Division which is a California National Guard Division.

  After supper this evening, I came up here to the office and did some more studying and then I decided to try and write some letters. So first of all, I wrote a letter to Paul wishing him a happy birthday. I had forgotten about his birthday until today, I’m sorry the little letter won’t be there until a week or so late. After that, I wrote a letter to Chaplain Cavender expressing my sympathy in the homegoing of his dear wife. (Enclosed find the Christmas letter which he sent to us).  And then after finishing that letter, I wrote a letter to the Hollys wondering about Gail. I haven’t heard from them for quite some time now. And now I’m doing the thing I like best apart from reading your precious letters of love to me.

  It warmed up quite a lot today, in fact it was warm enough that around noon some of the snow and ice starting to melt, cut by 3:30 it was cold enough that it quit thawing. Well, another man just left who was in to see me. He was here almost an hour.

  I was really glad to know the field glasses finally arrived safely. You were right about the one glass which looked like it might be cracked, for that does have to do with the range finder. That extra coil of scrap I want to make a strap for the case so we can carry them over our shoulders.

  From what you said in your letter, it must have been a very miserable day for Grandma Norman’s funeral. I know where she is buried, for I saw where her husband was buried on several occasions. As you said, it isn’t far from my mother’s or grandfather’s grave.

  You really did very well in your schoolwork for the first quarter. I’m surely proud of your grades, I will have to go some to ever equal your record. Sweetheart, you are such a wonderful inspiration to me in every way.

  Lover, your sweet letter was better than any birthday card that was ever made so don’t feel badly about not sending me one. I would rather have one of your precious letters than anything I know, except of course always being with you, but right now that isn’t possible.

  You certainly have had some trying times with that boy’s class but I venture to say that their new teacher, even though he is a man, will have some trouble. I don’t believe it was or is entirely you, after all, there are some children who are that way and from what you said. This just happened to be a combination.

  I was glad to know that you had another call from Jack Lilja, he is a fine fellow and I do think that you will enjoy knowing him. It will be interesting to know what he has decided to do.

  Well Lover, your tweetheart is pretty weary so I think I will close for tonight. God bless you and the folks in all things.

 I’m just yours forever and always

 in Christ’s love,

 Willis

 Colossians 3:3

January 18, 1946

Seoul, Korea

18 January 1946

Dearest Darling Sweetheart:

This has really been a rounder of a day as far as interruptions go, in a few minutes it will be midnight but thank the Lord we are one day nearer to the time when we can be together. The real joy of this day was the arrival of three more of your letters, they were for January 7th, 8th and 9th. I’ve just finished reading them again for the third time. They were really good and helped me so very much. I also received a nice letter from Marguerite Simonian and the magazine sent out by the Army and Navy Commission on chaplains. 

Seoul, Korea. January 1946.

I was up early this morning and started to prepare my message for this coming Sunday. I’ve been asked to be the speaker for the Youth for Christ here in Seoul Sunday afternoon at 2:30. I wish they would have waited for three or four more weeks before asking me to be the speaker because I have been one of the main backers and planners of the movement, and naturally, some of the brethren are jealous anyhow. I cannot go into detail now but will tell you all about it when we are together. They asked me the last of last week but I asked them to try and get someone else but they really said the committee wanted me to be the speaker because they really didn’t want to hinder the movement in any way just after getting it started.

  There were several interruptions this morning, but I did manage to accomplish some on my sermons. However, the afternoon was one continual series of individuals wanting help or advice. And then Chaplain Kuester came to my office and stayed for about an hour before leaving. I only had a few moments before supper, having had my supper, I came back up here to my office and found another patient who wanted to see me about some difficulties.

  We had 12 in our Bible class this evening, which is better but still some of our regulars couldn’t attend because of the work. It is very difficult for them to come when we are so very short on personnel. If we would get some replacements it might help some.

  You mentioned in your letter of the seventh today that you wrote a letter to Dr. Russell Orr in answer to a letter which he had written to you. What did you say to him? I’ve been thinking for some time that I ought to drop him a few lines. I’m willing to go anywhere and do my best but I’m hoping we will be able to get something fairly good, for I’m just a bit weary of the Army and the things you have to put up with, especially is that true if you like to feel that maybe you are accomplishing something.

  I was certainly surprised to hear that Wayne VanKirk is home already. I know they must be very happy about such good news. By the way Darling, in your letter of the 9th of January you said you were still missing my letter of December 18th, but in reading over your letter of the 28th of December again I find that you said you received my letter of December 18th on that day. I’m just wondering if you made a mistake about that date? What day’s letter is missing?

  Well, Lover, it is so late and I’m so tired I must close for tonight. God bless you and the folks in all things.

 Always just yours in Christ’s love,

   Willis

 Colossians 3:3 

January 17, 1946

Seoul, Korea

17 January 1946

Sarah, My Beloved Darling Sweetheart:

29 months ago today I left for Harvard University and at least I know that we are that many months closer to the time when we can be together. I do pray the Lord that it won’t be too much longer until we can be together. I don’t mean to be complaining but I’m so very lonesome for your wonderful love and presence. After all, I’m so very thankful unto the Lord for the wonderful blessing which the Lord has bestowed upon us.

Written on the back: “Two Mexican boys I told you about, Sweetheart and Carlos Turner on extreme right.” Taken while at Long Beach – 1944.

  I received a lot of mail today but there wasn’t a single letter from you, Sweetheart. The letters were from the following people: Jack and Bertha, two letters from Dolores, Harry Shute (a discharged medic of the 184th Infantry), Lemmerts,  Mr. and Mrs. Zude,  the Northern and a number of bulletins from North Shore, Tremont Temple and Long Beach. As soon as I answer the letters, I will send them on to you so you can read them.

  I was really cold early this morning, I checked the thermometer at eight-thirty this morning and found the temperature to be six below zero. I’m surely thankful that we’ve had enough fuel the last few days to keep warm. One of the men received an emergency leave for the States so I drove him into Seoul to get everything taken care of for him, so he will be ready to leave here tomorrow morning. That was certainly a long cold drive in there this morning. It was noon by the time I got back here so having had my dinner I came here to the office and studied for a while and then called in the various wards on all the new patients who came in.  It really keeps you going here now, we are understaffed and with so many patients it means there is a whole lot to do.

  Shortly before the time for the evening meal, I came back here to the office and studied on my message for this evening. There were only fifteen in attendance this evening. I spoke on this theme, “An Enemy Aboard”,  using as my scripture Ephesians 6:10-17.  Sometime I will tell you how I developed the whole thing. I wanted to get this letter started to you right away but several different men came up here to see me, and as a result, I find it rather late and I’m pretty tired.

  From what you said in your Christmas letter, the new dictionary which the folks gave us must be very fine. I know it will prove helpful to us in every way. Be sure to thank them very much on my behalf. All of you must have had a good time opening your presents around the Christmas tree.

  It is good to know that things are going so very well for John and Sherry. I do hope that they won’t have to be separated like we have had to be separated. I don’t blame them for liking Southern California. By the way, while calling in one of the wards today, one of the patients gave me two pictures. He used to be stationed on Ie Shima.  One is of the surrender plane landing on the airstrip and the other is a typical Okinawa woman having another woman load a sack of sweet potatoes on her head. Lover, it is so late and I’m tired so I will close for tonight.

 God bless you Lover,

Always just yours in His love,

 Willis

 Colossians 3:3

 P.S. Enclosed find Dr. Hepburn’s Christmas card.

January 16, 1946

Seoul, Korea

16 January 1946

Dearest Darling Sweetheart:

This has been a good day as far as mail is concerned. I was thoroughly thankful and happy to have your letters of January second, third, fourth, fifth and sixth. They really refueled me and helped me very much. I read them just before the evening meal and have just finished reading them again. I wish there were some way to let you know how happy they made me.

Willis’ friend – Freddie Romer.

  Besides your lovely letters, I got letters from the following people:  Harry Allen, Jean Peden, Al Beaudoin, Freddie Romer, and Marguerite Simonian.  It is really good to receive mail from friends. I have a lot of letters to answer now.

  This has been a rather long trying day and I’m very tired for some reason or other. It has been quite cold outside and during the night we had about six inches of snow. It was clear most of the day, but even then it was cold.

  I called in the various wards this afternoon and this morning I devoted a good share of my time to studying and did some work here in the office which I had wanted to do for some time. After supper, some men were up here to my office and then, of course, we had our Bible class. We only had 6 in attendance, that is the smallest we’ve had so far, but we are so shorthanded in the hospital that many who would like to come to the class cannot get away from their work. Under conditions as they are, it is pretty hard to get a time when all can come.

  I was glad to hear about Mac and Eleanor having another child. I know they must be happy. Do you know what I was thinking? Their baby was really large, wasn’t he? Mac and Eleanor were married just about a month before we were married. I was surely sorry to hear about Gail Holly being so sick, I do hope she is better by now. I haven’t heard from the Hollys for some time so I suppose that is the reason I haven’t heard.

  You were fortunate to be able to see Lindy Sparks. From what you said, he must have grown a great deal. I’m hoping that we will be able to see his folks and other friends when we return to Lexington. I suppose Elbert is back in the States by now.

  You were wondering if one of your letters if Dr. McNeil attended services. He is a Catholic so as a result, he doesn’t attend any of my services. Darling, about 11 o’clock this morning Captain Campbell ( a medical doctor) came to see me. He is about beside himself with grief and heartache. He is married and has a beautiful little baby daughter a little over a year old. He has been overseas about nine months and his wife is running around with other men and neglecting her responsibilities as a mother and wife. Please pray for her especially, her name is Barbara Campbell. Dr. Campbell is a fine Christian, in fact, he is the best I know here in the hospital. He definitely knows the way of salvation. I’m praying that his wife will turn from her sin. Lover, it means so very much to know you are true blue. Sweetheart, it is late and I’m so tired tonight. God bless you in all things.

 With my deepest love forever,

 Willis

 Colossians 3:3

 P.S. Enclosed napkin and Pample’s card

January 15, 1946

Seoul, Korea

January 15, 1946

My Dearest Darling Sweetheart:

Another day slipped by and no mail. I thought we would have some today but no such luck. I really miss your wonderful letters, they are so essential to refueling me for the tasks of each day. Remember how we used to refuel each other? To be near you again and talk and pray and just be quiet will be about the most wonderful thing I can imagine this side of Eternity. I read some more of your letters over again this evening, and of course that helped some, it seems they grow sweeter with each reading and they never fail to remind me of the very good talks we have had together.

  This has been one of those rounder days when everything seems to come up to consume time and then you find yourself at the end of the day apparently accomplishing very little. This morning early I visited some of the wards and then came back here to the office and used the rest of the morning to do some reading and studying. After dinner, I called on some more of the wards again and that took until almost 4 o’clock when on arriving back at my office I found a man here to see me. Later, I had my evening meal and after that I came back up here to my office and washed out some clothes.

  Two more men came up to see me, they are leaving in the morning. We will have another large evacuation in the morning. I understand that a hospital ship arrived at Jinsen this afternoon.  I would certainly like to have the privilege of going aboard for that nice ocean voyage to the east, ultimate destination, 1522 Elmdale Chicago 26, Illinois, to see a tweet wittle dirl which I wuve wif all my heart and wife for the ages of ages. You id tow very tweet. Darling, it is so good to have a wonderful Christian wife like you are to me in every way. Please pray for me to become useful in the Lord’s hands and thus in the long run a better husband it to you, Dear.

The Muellers from East Moline.

  I wanted to get several letters off this evening but the best I could do was get one off to Joe Travers (find his letter enclosed), and a letter to John and Helen Mueller (find enclosed the picture which they sent with my Christmas card).  It is a very good picture I think but it surely doesn’t do Helen justice.

  You will be interested to know that it was much warmer today, in fact, after dinner it’s thawed enough to become a little sloppy. We will only have about another month of real cold weather, then we can start expecting better, or I should say, warmer weather. About an hour ago the wind came up and is blowing rather hard now, so I suppose we may have some more snow during the night.

  Concerning this promotion to the next rank, I don’t fully understand, but I have made it known that I do not want to be promoted and will not accept it if I can help it. I’ve told them how I feel but I’m not going to make myself miserable about it. I’ve left it in the Lord’s hands and I feel confident that it will work out for the best.

  From what you told me in your letter of December 22nd, the Christmas tree which you had this year must have been very nice. That must have been something watching all of you decorate the tree. I can just see the Chief working on the lights.

  I hope you will soon be sending me some more pictures of yourself, I haven’t received any now for quite a while and I’m really lonesome for them. Remember, pictures of yourself is about the best thing you can do to help me bear the separation so many thousand miles away.

  That was a very lovely letter which you received from the Foiles and I was surely sorry to know that they have had so much trouble. It is good to know that she doesn’t have to be alone now. She’s a good mother and must have had some very trying days during the time he was in the service.

  From what you said, you must have had a very nice visit with the Nixons. I’m just wondering if he was called to the church where Paul and Gen go? If he was, it will really make it nice for him to take more work at Northern.

  Well Lover, it is rather late and I’m pretty weary so I think I will sign off for tonight.  God bless you and all the folks in all things.

 Yours and none others for

  always in Christ’s precious love,

 Willis

 Colossians 3:3

January 14, 1946

Seoul, Korea

January 14, 1946

Dearest Darling Sweetheart:

Well, Beloved, there wasn’t any mail today and I had hoped there would be some from you. There is nothing in all the world like a good letter from you to help brighten every day. Of course, as always, I read some more of your last letters over again this evening. I cannot help but wonder just how good it is going to be able to talk and pray with you as we used to do.

Willis with friends. He is front center.

  I was up early this morning and went around to the wards and prepared to make the trip into Seoul to pick up some mail for the patients and several other things. Don and Chaplain Doran (Catholic) also rode in with me and did some shopping while I made all my trips to the various places for the patients. By the way, I saw Secretary of War Patterson, he left Korea today for Manila.

  We got back here shortly after dinner and we were here in time to get something to eat, however. Later, I called on more of the men in the wards and delivered the mail and money orders. There were several men up to my office to see me about things they were concerned about. By the way, this morning I mailed the packages to the Chief and Mom and Bob and Margie. I sent them Air Mail and I do hope they make very good time, and as I said, I hope they like them. I was surely fortunate to get those things, this friend of mine picked up all the things from a large PX in Seoul and he gave me first choice of all he had. I feel quite fortunate that we have had an opportunity at picking what I would like even before they were displayed at the PX.

  Before starting this letter to you this evening, I wrote a letter to Betty Weiskopf and the Galilean class. I’m going to enclose her letter for you to read. They are certainly doing fine work and I only wish there were more young people’s groups like theirs.

  Darling, in one of your letters you mentioned about our one year together at East Moline, right now it seems almost like a dream to me. Won’t it be wonderful to be together again in a home of our own? Just to be near you again will be about the best thing I can think of.

  You also mentioned the fact that Olga sent me the Reader’s Digest for a year. I’m just wondering if she sent it to our home address or sent it to my Army address. Don’t tell her, for she may feel badly but I’ve received one copy of it since being overseas and that about six months late.

  I was interested to hear about Lois Sloan, but I was sorry to know that she hasn’t been feeling so well. I just wonder if she has been working too hard. Knowing her as I do, I know she would put her whole heart and soul into whatever she did. It is good to know that Ray Parry has encouraged them to plan ahead for this summer’s Vacation Church School. It is very unwise to wait until the last minute to plan something so very important.

  Lover,  I’m so very tired for some reason or other tonight, so I’m going to close and try to get a good night’s rest. God bless you richly in all things.

 Just yours, Lover, forever in Christ’s love,

 Willis

 Colossians 3:3

January 13, 1946

Seoul, Korea

January 13, 1946

Dearest Darling Sweetheart:

I’ve just finished reading that your letters of yesterday again, they were so very good and helped me more than you will ever know. By the way, I got one letter today, it was not from you, it was from Wallace Connell of the 98th Division. He is now on his way back to the States. He is a happy man, as is everyone who receives orders to return to the good old USA.

  I was up early this morning after a very poor night’s sleep because of all the interruptions. Suffice it to say, bottled spirits contributed to the noise of the night. And then on top of it, some officers leaving here from the party turned their Jeep over and injured themselves very severely. One especially, his spine is fractured and the effects are still undetermined. Of course, you know we must have our beer and whiskey to keep up the morale of the troops. As soon as I had shaved I went over my message and had breakfast, studied again for a while and then dropped around to see some of the patients in the various wards.

  There were only around 110 in attendance at the morning service. But with so many patients and so many of our personnel leaving this last week it is bound to make a big dent in our attendance. Some of our best old faithfuls were shipped back to the States this last week. I’m enclosing a program of today’s services so you will know what I preached on. I’m so tired and weary this evening that I’m not going to bother about describing to you the way I developed my messages. The scripture for this evening’s message was Genesis 3:1-15.

  This afternoon we had our first meeting of the Youth for Christ in Seoul, Korea. I would say that they were about 100 men in attendance. I’m hoping that we will be able to build it up to where we can fill the present building which we are now using. I’ve been selected by the advisory committee to act as chairman of the program committee. It will mean extra work but I’m willing to act for a while until we can get the ball rolling.

Picture of Willis’ assistant Don McClintock in Korea. 1946.

  It was rather late when Don and I got back here but I managed to get here in time to have a good supper. After supper, I went over my evening message again. We only had 34 in attendance this evening. That isn’t very good but I sought to do my very best and I’m hoping that it helped someone.

  I had just started reading your sweet letters when Miss Mason came up to tell me that the things which I had ordered from Shanghai, China had just arrived. You remember some time ago you told me to see if I could get something nice for Margie and Mom.  So through this friend of mine who flies over to Shanghai every week or so, I arranged for him to buy the following things. I’m hoping that you have received your mandarin by now and I do hope that you like it. I bought a nice mandarin for Margie from us and a nice scarf and silk handkerchief for Bob. I also bought a nice silk scarf and handkerchief for the dear Chief from us. (At least I was able to get something for him, I’m sure that he will think that I have forgotten about him on some occasions).  And then I got a nice silk scarf for Mom from us. I guess it is supposed to be for a man, but it’s the best I could do right now and if she doesn’t like it I’ll see what I can do about getting her something later. Darling, Margie’s mandarin is just like yours except hers is white. I do hope she likes it and I hope that it comes through all right. I’m going to mail it Air Mail as I did with your mandarin. Be sure to let me know when and how they come through. I’m going to try and get them mailed tomorrow. I hope the folks like their gifts from the Orient.

  Sweetheart, it is rather late and I’m pretty tired so I think I will close for tonight. God bless you Lover in all things. Be sure to give the folks my love and best wishes.

 Always and forever just yours

 in Christ’s love,

 Willis

 Colossians 3:3