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.
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,