March 31, 1946

Seoul, Korea

31 March, 1946

Sarah, My Beloved Darling Sweetheart:

Well, another Lord’s today has slipped by and I’m so very thankful for that fact. We were very busy today, but in spite of that fact, I did a lot of thinking of you, my Darling. It will surely be good to be together again.

Seoul National University Hospital.

  Earl preached twice today and he had me speak at two different places. I used two sermons I had used on other occasions. Earl is surely doing a fine job down here and the men like him very much.

  The four services which we had today necessitated a lot of traveling over these rough roads. I really got to see some beautiful scenes around in this part of Korea. Some things are just starting to show up green now and I can see where it must be very beautiful in the spring and summertime. Today was indeed a beautiful day. In fact, it made me homesick for you, Lover.

  It was about 8:30 when we got back from the last place and they have been talking and I shaved for I want to leave here very early tomorrow morning for it is going to be a very long tiresome ride all alone. I’m surely hoping there will be some mail waiting for me when I get back to the hospital.

  God bless you Lover and remember I love you much more than ever. Give the folks my love.

 Yours forever in Christ’s love,

  Willis

 Colossians 3:3

March 30, 1946

Kunsan, Korea

30 March 1946

Sarah, My Beloved Darling:

Another day of our separation has skipped by and I certainly am thankful for that fact. Isn’t it good to know that each day’s passing brings us that much closer to the time when we can be together? I did very little today except go around with Earl and visit some of his men in the various companies. While he did some studying, I read a couple of Time magazines he had in his office.

  It has been cloudy and quite cold all day, in fact, it looks like it may rain tonight. I surely hope it doesn’t for the roads are bad enough as it is now.  About three o’clock, Earl and I took a long walk around Kunsan. We got back just in time for supper. Earl has been in the Army since last April and figures that he will have to stay over here for another year so he is going to have his wife and baby come over here. He received a cable from her today saying she is going to come so he thinks she may arrive here sometime in July. But by that time I’m hoping to be back there with you, Lover. If I thought I had to stay over here another year or so I think I would have you come over also, because I think the experience would be very good for you.

 

Dr. Hepburn.

I’m so thankful to know that Doug and Cleo are so very happy. I was really surprised to hear that Doug is going to be able to get out so soon. Powell’s must be very grateful for such news.

  The situation at Buena is certainly heartbreaking to say the least. I assure you that I’ll pray about the matter. After the church’s great post under Dr. Hepburn, it is indeed heartbreaking to know of things as they are now.

  Darling, that butcher over at the Jewel store must be rare to continually talk as you say he does. He must be the life in that store.

  From what you said, Bobby must be having some trouble. I do hope that Dr. Lodd will find out just what is the matter. Perhaps if Paul can get a pastorate somewhere it will help a lot in that the children will be able to get more fresh air and sunshine. Do you know whether Paul lost much money due to the strike situation at International Harvester?

  Sweetheart, it is pretty late and I’m tired so I will close for now. I’ve been interrupted several times trying to write this letter. There are four others in this room so you can see how it is to write when they keep talking and asking questions. God bless you Lover in all things.

 Always yours, Dear, because of Christ’s love,

 Willis

 Colossians 3:3 

March 29, 1946

Kunsan, Korea

29 March 1946

Dearest Darling Lover:

Well Darling, if you noted the name at the top of this letter you will note that it wasn’t Seoul which I have been using almost consistently since my arrival in Korea. This is the story, Chaplain Minor, Martin and I were up in early this morning. I didn’t mention but yesterday afternoon our hospital was quarantined for scarlet fever, mumps and measles. No gatherings of any kind are allowed in the hospital, such as movies, not religious services and classes so that means there is very little for me to do now until the quarantine is lifted. As they were getting ready to go, Earl said out of the clear blue sky, “Now that you have a chance, why don’t you come along with me for a couple of days?” I hesitated for some time but Earl begged me to go and see the Colonel and see what he thought. So I did and he said it would be all right; I was rather surprised. I wasn’t too much interested in going because I have several things I wanted to catch up on and I thought this was the chance to do so. However, Earl said he thought it would be good for me to have a change for a few days. This is the first time I’ve taken off since I arrived in Korea on September 8th. He gave me from  0900 this morning until 1700  5 p.m.) Monday, April 1st. I want to get started back very early Monday morning, for there is some rough road along the way. According to my speedometer on the Jeep, it is 194 miles from Seoul to Kunsan. We left the hospital at exactly 9 o’clock and arrived here shortly after 6 PM. The heavy rain we had surely made some stretches of the road very bad.

It gradually cleared off and this evening the sun went down leaving behind a clear sky. Even though the sun was out a good share of the day it still remained rather cool. Along the way we noted many men, women and children working in the fields. Some farmers were plowing with their oxen and crude plows. Many are rethatching the roofs of their homes preparatory to the spring rains. I wish you could have been along for I think you would have enjoyed the trip even though the road was unbearably rough and rutted in some places.

  There was really some beautiful scenery in several places along the way. Most all of Korea I’ve seen is very rough and mountainous. The people surely take advantage of every bit of land. They never let any of it go to waste. They utilize land here which we would call wasteland in the USA.

  When we arrived here Earl found that he had a lot of mail so he is in the process of reading all his new mail now. We were too late to get anything to eat so we made a little coffee and had a few crackers and cheese. Darling, I’m so very lonesome for some of your good cooking. And maybe it won’t be too long now.

  Sweetheart, it is getting very late and I’m pretty tired from that long drive so I will close for tonight. God bless you Dearest in all things, and remember, I love you much more than ever.

 I am forever just yours in Christ’s love,

 Willis

 Colossians 3:3 

March 28, 1946

Seoul, Korea

28 March 1946

Sarah, My Beloved Darling:

This has really been some day, it started raining last night and has been raining steadily ever since. And at sundown this evening there wasn’t the least bit of indication that it might clear up during the night. As a result, Chaplain Minor and Martin stayed here and are hoping to get away early tomorrow morning if possible. They have an open Jeep and they have over 150 miles to go, so you can see why they stayed and hoped for a better day tomorrow. And as you know, the roads here in Korea are not very good even at their very best.

  You will be happy to know that I received another letter from you today. It was your letter for February 27th. I checked back through my letters this evening and this is how they line up now. I have mail as late as the 18th of March from you and I find now that I am still missing your letter of February 11th, 12th, 13th, 14th, 15th, and March 13th, 14th and 15th. I managed to re-read some of your letters over again and they helped me more than you will ever fully realize. I also received a letter from Chaplain Schreyer who left here in December. He was telling me how good it was to be with his wife again. As soon as I answer his letter I’ll send it on to you to read for I think you will enjoy reading his letter.

Willis with friends he met while in Korea. 1946.

  I was busy the entire morning calling on various patients and then several problem cases came up and naturally that took time. Following our dinner, I came back here to my office with the intention and hope of getting some of my back letters answered. I had just started a letter when Reverend and Mrs. Cha came in through all the mud and rain. They visited for over 2 hours, and naturally, that took up a great portion of the afternoon. I managed to finish Dolores’ letter and then I was called in on another problem case. Chaplain Jaegar also called me about a certain situation concerning a certain chaplain. By that time, it was time to eat our evening meal. We had our evening’s meal and since that time we have been visiting.

  I’m writing this letter now because I’m pretty tired and I do want to get a good night’s sleep because they will want to get away early tomorrow morning. In your letter which I received today (February 27th), you mentioned the fact that Ray Perry is after you to take over as dean of the Vacation Church School, and you are wondering what I thought of the idea. Well Dear, as I think about it, I believe it would be a good idea for you to do so and it would give us just that much more experience which will be helpful to us in our own church. Things are still somewhat uncertain about my coming home. But offhand I have a feeling it might be in June sometime. Perhaps sometime after the 15th. I may be wrong but I have a feeling that I will be able to be there for our fourth wedding anniversary. And Darling, if I do get back then I would be glad to help with the school myself just to get back into the swing of such work. And then we could probably spend the month of August on a trip or vacation that we’ll plan out together after I get back there. If you do take over as dean, you can assure Ray that I will be more than glad to assist in any way if I’m there and I have a feeling that I might be there with you then. What do you think you, Beloved? Really I’m anxious to get in touch with young people again and that may be a good way to do so.

  Another thing which has been on my mind quite a bit is what we are going to do about a car? A car is going to be a very important thing because we will probably be doing a quite a lot of traveling. And I would like to have something for us to take our trip and vacation with. Undoubtedly, we are going to need a car a lot in years to come and with the price of second-hand cars so terribly high and so old, it would surely be a poor investment and in the long run would probably cost us a lot more in the long run. I wish you would talk it over pro and con with the Chief and Mom and see what they think about the whole thing. Cars are probably going to be pretty hard to get for about a year so we ought to let Bo Helbling know if we are going to plan on obtaining one. So we won’t have to wait too long. This business of talking things over by long-distance letters which take a month to find out what the other thing thinks is very unsatisfactory and trying at times. See if you can find out what the price of a four door Master Chevrolet will sell for, that is fully equipped and perhaps from that you and I can plan and think more clearly. Perhaps Bob will be able to find that out for you, as interested as he is in cars he will probably be glad to do it for you. As soon as you find out what they will sell for, tell me your ideas along with the folks and then perhaps we can plan a little better in the light of our savings.

  Sweetheart, I’m enclosing in this letter a group of pictures which my friend Corporal Arnold Hodak took with his camera. As you will note, the pictures were printed on very poor printing paper, but they are pictures and I know they help. I’ve written on the back what they are. The one of me is very poor. Lover, I must close now and may God bless you and remember I love you much more than ever, and if my feelings are leading me astray, I don’t think it will be more than about 90 more days until we are to be together. I’m praying that it will be soon for I’m so lonesome for you and I mean that with all my heart. Be sure to give the folks my love.

 Forever just yours in Christ’s love,

 Willis

 Colossians 3:3 

March 27, 1946

Seoul, Korea

27 March 1946

Dearest Darling Sweetheart:

This has certainly been a wonderful day for me as far as a mail is concerned for I received six letters from you, they were yours of March 1st, 2nd, 6th, 16th, 17th and 18th. I have just finished reading them and they have really helped me more than you will ever know. This absolutely has been about the fullest day you could possibly have. I’ve been on the go since 6 o’clock this morning and haven’t had a minute to do a bit of thinking.

  Chaplain Minor and Martin have been gone down to the quarters over an hour now and in that time I have been reading and rereading your precious letters. Those letters came around at noon but there has been so much for me to do that I haven’t had time to read them until about an hour ago. Several different things came up this morning which needed attention and as soon as dinner was over, I left for the important chaplain’s meeting at Corps headquarters. It was about 3:30 when I got back here from the meeting and I found that a seriously ill patient wanted to see me and I went to him right away and that took some time. And then we had a whole lot of new patients come in so I helped with that until I just had to go to the mess hall in time to get a bit to eat. Other things came up between what time was left and our midweek service. There were only 21 in attendance. We are really swamped with patients now. I spoke this evening on I Peter 5:1-11.  The title and theme of my message was, “What’s the Use?”

  Darling, you will also be interested to know that I received a very fine letter from Mr. Mason and one from Vol,  who is now Mr. and spending some time with his wife in Florida.

  Sweetheart, your letters of March 16th and 18th made me feel badly and intensified the ache and pain in my old heart until I couldn’t keep back the tears. In the letter of the 16th you had just received my letter telling you about the fact that chaplains over 45 and with low-efficiency ratings were to be out of Korea by the 15th of April. This one statement in your letter hurt more than you will ever know, “If you don’t make a good hard effort to be home for commencement you’re going to have one heartbroken little wife.”  Since the Japanese surrender I have dreamed and hoped to be home for your birthday and great your graduation. I’m sure I will not be there for your birthday and almost sure I won’t be there for graduation unless there is a sudden change. It is so hard to write just what I feel in my heart but BE IT KNOWN UNTO YOU BELOVED THE DAY CAN COME NONE TOO SOON FOR ME TO BE WITH YOU, but I have been earnestly praying for the Lord’s leading and you tell me from time to time that you are, so let us abide by what is taking place. Please remember, my abiding by what is taking place hurts so much at times that I cannot keep back the tears and it is all because of you, Beloved. Surely I need not inform you that my whole life, emotions, and spiritual well-being revolves around you. As I see it, in spite of a tremendous ache in my heart, this long trying experience we are going through can do one of two things, it can either sweeten our lives together or make them bitter. And knowing you as I do Lover, I know what you want for us TOGETHER IN CHRIST;  sweetness that will lead us to other souls for Christ. I’ve seen several other chaplains who have taken this thing bitterly, and as a result, their ministry and service for Christ over here has been crippled and stunted. And one of them you know, his name is Chaplain Wells. He has become known as a chronic complainer and as a result has been neglecting his work. We can talk it over a little better when we are together. And he has only been overseas half as long as I have and I have been through some tougher spots than he has but he tries to tell his were tougher as maybe Don told you. He has been quite jealous ever since I was decorated and wrote up as one of the most outstanding chaplains of the famous Seventh Division. He has been a little better toward me lately. What I say now I say without any intent of boasting of my work here in the hospital. But so often patients will say to me, “Chaplain, how can you have that wonderful smile and spread so much cheer when you have been overseas so long and away from your loved ones.”  And it is according to the occasion but I generally answer something like this, “Well, our Commander and Chief knows all about it and I’m sure He knows what is best.”  All the time I call on the patients and seek to help others to be a joy and stability in Christ, my heart within me is like lead all because I am separated from you Lover, but I cannot help but feel deep down inside of me, that you want me to be my very best for Christ. And Lover, I assure you that I’ll do my best until I receive those wonderful orders which say next duty will be within the continental limits of the United States.

From Willis and Sarah’s 1942 trip to Nebraska.

All I have said doesn’t half express what I feel because right now the ache is beyond description. But Lover, I want to be a husband and co-partner with you in Christ that you can someday look back on and honestly be able to say he did his best under all conditions and to the honor and glory of our own precious Savior.

  And then in your letter of March 18th you said, “At last I’ve got something left to tell you when you get home. Now maybe you can see a little how I’ve felt all these years when you said,  “Something very interesting happened today, but I’ll tell you when I get home.”  Sweetheart, I’m truly sorry I said that so many times but there have been three reasons (1) strong censorship during the war, of course, that is out now. (2) Some things would take a long time to write and then not be adequately explained to be clearly understood. (3)  And then there have been those nights when I was so tired I can hardly keep my eyes open. I assure you I’ll do my best not to say anything like that anymore. This all came up mainly because I was interested to know what Paul Allen said when at Northern.

  I’ve purposely not said anything for the last six weeks or so because I didn’t want you to get your hopes built and then have them dashed to pieces as may easily be the case when it comes to the Army. However, as you remember, I did mention the fact that August would be the latest because I will have thirty months overseas then. Right now there is nothing definitely that I can hope for but I’m hoping to be home perhaps for our fourth wedding anniversary. I’ve seen many men get themselves into terrible state of mind by setting dates and then become very disappointed when it doesn’t come out that way. I always think of it being just one day less. SWEETHEART, PLEASE BE ASSURED THAT AS SOON AS I KNOW ANYTHING FOR SURE I WILL DEFINITELY LET YOU KNOW. 

Beloved, I’ve said all that with a heavy aching heart and be assured that I’ve done what I could to get back to you as soon as possible, but so far the hand of the Lord seems to indicate the fact that there is still something for me to do here. I do have a feeling that is not going to be much later than sometime in June. However, there is nothing definite in that respect as far as late Army statements. There is no way to tell you how I long to hold you in my arms again and pray as we used to do.

  It is so very late that I must get to bed and get some sleep. I will have to be very quiet when I go in because I don’t want to awaken Chaplain minor and Martin. God bless you Lover and I’ll be seeing you in the near future.

 Forever just yours in Christ’s

 wonderful love,

  Willis

 Colossians 3:3

XOXOXOXOXO

March 26, 1946

Seoul, Korea

26 March 1946

Sarah, My Beloved Darling Sweetheart:

I was pleasantly surprised with the arrival of four more of your letters today. They were yours of February 24th, 26th, 28th and March 12th. It was surely wonderful to have those wonderful letters. It is just impossible to tell you how much they do mean to me. I’ve read them over twice already and they do help me so very much. I’m hoping that it won’t be much longer when I don’t have to depend upon letters to know what you have been doing, Dear. This business of loving each other via mail isn’t so easy and I’m desperately lonely for some of the wonderful fellowship and loving which I know I can and will be ours when we are together again.

  Mom’s good letter of February 26th finally reached me letting me know that she finally received the mandarin. I was surely glad to know that she received it and that it came through in good shape. It made me happy to know that she liked it. Do you think it looks nice on her? She is such a wonderful mom and I’m sure neither she nor the Chief will ever know just how much they have meant to my life.

Don McClintock and Willis.

  You will be interested to know that I also received another letter from Don McClintock, it was his letter of the next day after having been visiting with you the day before. He is surely a fine young man I do miss him very much. You will be interested to know that Dennis is coming along fine and he claims that I have been more help to him than anyone else he has ever known. If that be true, I’m only too thankful to the Lord for that blessed privilege. Dwight is also a very fine young man and both of them together certainly mean a whole lot to me in our work here in the hospital. Dennis has been feeling very badly but is much better today for which I am very thankful. You ought to be able to get out of the hospital in three or four more days. There are quite a number with the flu now.

  I also got two letters from Connie, two from old patients who used to be here in the hospital, one from Dolores, and one for my cousin Doris Reed, that is Uncle Ralph and Glady’s girl. I got so many letters to answer now I don’t know just when I’ll ever get them finished. It really means something to have mail again after going without mail for so long.

  Early this morning, they called me from Ascom City and told me that they had found a box which belongs to me on a stray boxcar. So I decided to go down there immediately to get it with the hope that it might be the public address system which Mrs. Sims sent to me last August. That took the entire morning. I got back here just in time to get something to eat at dinner time. After a snack, I came back up here to the office and opened the box and to my great joy, I found that it was the PA system. Dwight and I assembled it per instructions and found it plays perfectly and is really a beauty. As soon as possible I’m going to send to Mrs. Sims a thank you letter. We are not going to have to worry about something to play our records on now Darling for we really have a very fine machine which will probably be able to use in our work together later.

  A good share of the afternoon was spent in calling in the various wards. We have some very sick patients right now and it really keeps me on the go, but I do enjoy it and have found some good experiences through the whole thing.

  Shortly before suppertime, Alrik called me and we had a good visit and he wants me to come down there for a visit, and if it can be arranged, I will probably try to do so sometime in the near future. While I was eating supper Dwight came down to the mess hall and told me that Chaplain Minor was up in my office and wanting to see me. I came right up and found that he was up here for the chaplain’s meeting at Corps headquarters tomorrow so I made arrangements for another Chaplain (Martin)  and Earl to stay with me tonight and tomorrow night. It is certainly wonderful to see Earl again. He is a mighty fine chaplain and I know he is doing a very good job of it. We have been visiting ever since their arrival with the exception of the time during Bible class. There were nine out this evening. And we finished the book of Exodus.

  Earl has just finished his letter to his wife so I think I will close for tonight, Lover. I have two different men in to see me this evening so that has slowed me up and now it is getting rather late now and I want to show them to their beds, for I know they are tired after that long ride today. God bless you Lover in all things and remember that I do love you much more than ever, if that is possible.

 Yours and yours alone forever

 in Christ’s love,

 Willis

 Colossians 3:3 

March 25, 1946

Seoul, Korea

25 March 1946

Dearest Darling Sweetheart:

Well, one more day has slipped by and we are that much nearer to the time when we can be together and how thankful I am for that fact. I had hoped that some more of your back mail would have come in, but it didn’t. Tomorrow is another day and I’ll be hoping anyhow. I have a number of your letters to catch up on, but I would like to know what you said in a lot of those that are missing.

  Dennis was admitted to the hospital this afternoon. He has the flu. He hasn’t been feeling so good since yesterday afternoon. I do hope that he won’t have to stay in the hospital too long. I’m glad that Dwight is here to help me now for that will help out a lot.

Miss Audrey Asmus.

  This morning I had a number of interruptions and in that Audrey Asmus is supposed to go aboard a ship tomorrow for her return to the States, I decided to take her mail down to her at Jinsen.  For, after all, I know how I would feel if someone would bring my mail to me. Arnold Hodak went along with me. We left here at noon and didn’t get back here until a little after 6 o’clock. We stopped by the old outfit and had our evening meal. It is hard to recognize any of the faces of the men back there now. Most of the old-timers are gone now.

  While down that way, I stopped by the Ascom Chaplain’s office and picked up a few supplies for our work out here at the hospital. While down there, I picked up several other things but I won’t tell you what they are now because I want them to be a surprise to you. I hope you like what I have for you.

  I just had a short time to study before Bible class this evening. We had 9 in attendance this evening and we covered from the 20th to the 32nd verse of the book of Exodus. Some of the men stayed for a while and asked questions and thus quite a lot of time slipped by. I had wanted to write several letters but I only managed to get one written and that was to Don. I’m enclosing his letter for you to read. He is certainly a wonderful young man and I miss him very much.

Lover,  it is so very late and I’m so tired that I think I will close for tonight and try to write a better letter tomorrow evening. God bless you, Dearest, in all things.

 Yours and none others forever in Christ’s

  Eternal love,

Willis

 Colossians 3:3

 P.S. Enclosed find the last roll of pictures I took. Some of them look pretty good. 

March 24, 1946

Seoul, Korea

24 March 1946

Dearest Darling Sweetheart:

Well, another Lord’s day has slipped into Eternity and I am so glad for that fact because it means we are that much nearer to the time when we can and will be together again in the Lord’s work. As per usual, this has been a full Lord’s day. I only received one letter today, it was yours of January 31st. As things are now, I have mail from you as late as March 11th. Just before starting this letter to you, I checked back through my letters from you and I find that I am still missing the following letters from you. For February they are as follows, 11th, 12th, 13th, 14th, 15th, 24th, 26th, 27th, and 28th. For March they are the 1st, 2nd and 6th. I surely hope they arrive for I’m anxious to know what you have been doing and writing me about in your letters. I’ve been wondering about Mom’s mandarin. I certainly hope she gets it all right. I sent it to her Air Mail but she probably will not receive it as soon as I had hoped because of the very poor mail service we have had since the beginning of the year. I hope it continues to improve.

Playing ball with the youth before the war. Willis is on the far right.

We didn’t have quite as many to our service this morning as we have had the last two weeks. However, it seemed to work out very well. I’m going to enclose today’s bulletin for you to look over. This evening we had between 45 and 50 for our service this evening. The girl who was to play for the service this evening didn’t show up until a long time after the service was supposed to start so I got another girl to play for the service this evening. It is really trying to always have to depend on someone and then not have them show up on time for the service.

  This afternoon we played another ball game and I pitched again and we won by a score of 14 to 1. I was up to bat four times and got four hits and scored myself three times. I guess I’m just lucky. Even though we don’t get to practice very much we do have a good team and that always makes it a lot easier for the pitcher. In fact, you don’t have to be a good pitcher. They have been teasing me about it a lot around here lately.

  After the ball game, I went over to my quarters and stretched out on my bed for about an hour. In the room next to mine last night they had a big drinking party and kept me awake until after 2 o’clock this morning. Those kind of people don’t seem to care how much noise they make or how much trouble they cause someone else. Drinking is such a curse and it breaks my heart to see how easy it is for them to have it over here, but still we cannot get fruit juice from the PX if we want it.

  It was quite cloudy and foggy today until about noon and then it cleared up some, but it is still pretty cold. It just seems like it cannot warm up and stay warm. The wind has been blowing a lot lately, and of course, that drives what cold air there is right through.

  After the service this evening, several of the men came up to talk in my office for a while and naturally they detained me in getting this letter started to you, Darling.

  In your letter of January 31st, you told me about Dr. Joseph N. Rodeheaver passing away and that was certainly a surprise to me. I never once thought of him passing away. As soon as I can find an opportunity I’m going to try and let Rody Hyun know, for I know he will be sorry to hear such news for he always thought so much of him. And you said in your letter, the Seminary will indeed have lost a real friend in his home going. I enjoyed the senior class program which you enclosed in your letter and I know you must have been surprised to be notified so shortly that you were to read the script for the Senior class program.

  I’m going to be interested to know what the accreditation committee had to say about their investigation of Northern. I know Dr. Koller must have really been busy while they were there. I was glad to hear that he was so very well satisfied with the Auxiliary program. Lover, I’m so very proud of you in every way. I count it such a blessing and a privilege to be your husband.

  Well, Lover, the lights have been going off and on so I think I will close for tonight and try to get a good night’s rest for I am pretty weary, to say the least. God bless you and the folks in all things.

 Yours always and only, Darling,

 because we are His –

 Willis

 Colossians 3:3

XOXOXOXO

March 23, 1946

Seoul, Korea

23 March 1946

Sarah, My Beloved Darling :

Well, at last some of your back letters are starting to catch up to me. It seems like ages since some of them were written. Darling, I received 10 letters from you alone today. They were yours  of February 1st, 2nd, 16th, 19th, 20th, March 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th and 11th. Lover, those letters were like mana to my hungry soul, I’ve only had a chance to read them once because of all there has been to do today. Besides your wonderful letters I got letters from the following people: Jeanette Mason’s father, Captain Main, Mrs. Sims, Connie, Dolores, Hansen’s, Don McClintock and two from Paul Vogel. That was really a lot of mail and because of so very much to do all day I haven’t even had enough time to read through it thoroughly.

  Darling, this has been such a very full day that I haven’t been able to accomplish near all the things I had hoped to do. I had more interruptions than you could shake a stick at. Honestly, at times it is trying. I haven’t been able to prepare as well as I had hoped for tomorrow and it is so very late now that I must try to get a little rest.

  We went to the Saturday evening Social Hour of the Youth for Christ group and naturally it is late now for it is quite a long way over there. I don’t believe I would have gone tonight only that they asked me a couple of weeks ago to lead the Bible baseball game this evening on the book of Exodus.

  Sweetheart, I’m sorry to write you such a short letter but be this known unto you, if all the printing presses in the world were mine I could never tell you in words just how much you mean to me in every way. I must get a little rest for tomorrow and its responsibilities. By the way, Chaplain Robinson left for the States today. I’ll tell you about the situation when I get back there. God bless you Lover in all things.

 Always just yours, in Christ’s love,

 Willis

 Colossians 3:3

 P.S. Enclosed find a nice Valentine which Harold and Buena sent me.

Letter from Mrs. Arnold Lee

Madison, Wisconsin

July 30 – ’45.

Willis A. Reed,

Chaplain (Capt)

184th Infantry

Dear Chaplain,

Willis leading service on Okinawa. 1945.

Received your letter of comfort and information about our dear son. It was a terrible shock to us all but we have expected some kind of bad news, as LaVerne always was so faithful to write home and his last letter he wrote was written the 29th of April, I received it the 8th of May. LaVerne was such a pal to us all at home and his leaving us has and now will alway leave a vacant place. His other brother is waiting shipment for across now any day.

This war has saddened so many homes I wish it would soon end.

I wrote you a few days before I received your letter, to see if I could get some information, to have for his memorial the 12th of August, so I hope this letter reaches you before you prepare to send me the information again.

Will we have a chance to get our boy’s body home after the war? I wish I could, I’d like to have him in our family lot. Will we get his things he had with him?

I wish I could hear from one of the fellows that had been with LaVerne a few days before his death.

Thanking you again for your very comforting letter.

Sincerely,

Mrs. Arnold Lee,

Madison 4,

R. #1 Wisconsin