November 17, 1944
Sarah, My Beloved Darling Wife:
I was certainly surprised to have another letter from you today, it was the letter you wrote on the 9th of November. Your letters are always such an inspiration to me. I will forever be thankful to our God for your wonderful love and devotion. Besides your letter, I had letters from the following people: Dolores, Kathryn Riley in Boston, and a card from Connie, they took a little motor trip out to Aurora, Illinois and she dropped the card while out there.
Well, it took most of the morning to get all things taken care of in connection with the funeral service for the native. Someday I will tell you about the whole service. At the present time, I think it best not to going to details. It is a service I will long remember and one which shows the feelings of those left behind.
Shortly after dinner, I went up to the Air Base to get my pay for last month because the paymaster had arrived. They paid the men this morning, but I was unable to get mine because of the funeral service. Captain Wilkinson and Raymond also went along with me and as soon as I got my pay, went to the Post Office to buy some money orders. In this letter you will find enclosed a money order for $100. I also bought a money order for five dollars to send to Jack and Bertha for Christmas from us. They were always so very good to me and I know it will be all right with you, Dear. I also got a money order for $7.50 for the Hollys from us. They were so very very good to me while in Long Beach. Their last letter was so lovely, I only pray and hope that I can be partially worthy of some of the good things they have said about me. Mrs. Holly said in her last letter that I meant more to them than I will ever know. I am so anxious for them to meet you, Dear. If they can say and think all the things they do about me, just wait until they meet you. As they have said to me several times, they love you dearly although they have never had the privilege of meeting and being with you.
As per usual, we had our regular Orientation lecture this evening. After it was over, Captain Wilkinson, Captain Stark and I returned to headquarters and we attended the movie. I saw the news reel which was very good with all of the latest news. (Two months old.) This is pretty good considering things I guess.
I came back to my quarters and read two more of the last bunch of letters I received and will answer some of the questions and make comments on other things you said in your letters. First of all, I am happy that the roses are so nice and that you like them. Be sure to thank Mom very much for getting them to you from me. That makes me think, did she ever get the money order for them? I sent it about the same time I sent your money orders, that is if I remember correctly.
I think you did very well in the History test, I am very proud of you, Dear. I knew you would love Dr. Stiansen’s teaching. His method of teaching is about the best I have ever known. By the way, have you ever been able to read any of Latourette’s History of the Christian Church for collateral reading? What little I was able to read of his books I enjoyed very much.
I was not surprised to hear that Roy Anderson was back to Northern for a visit. You know the Navy gives their men a furlough back to the States at the end of 16 or 18 months, no matter where they may happen to be. Sometimes they may stay longer but not much longer than 18 months. The Army hasn’t any such plans, so I do not hope to be able to come back to the States in any less than two years. And if then I will consider myself fortunate. What Roy said about seminary experience is so very true, the most important thing is a personal experience of Christ in your life and heart. Being a chaplain in a place like this is so entirely different from a pastorate that it is difficult at times to even find likenesses. It is a sure thing you must have a personal understanding of Christ. I try to do all the reading and studying I can, but a person does miss Christian fellowship. Remember some of the good talks we have had together, Dear?
I’m sorry I forgot to tell you where to send the picture as a wedding present from us. Mr. and Mrs. Robert P. Peterson, Grant, Nebraska. I think it would be nice to put a little nice card in it from us. Also, while you are there, it might be nice to send a picture to Don and Verla for Christmas from us. You will remember that we sent them Sallman’s Head of Christ while we were in East Moline. Their address is: Mr. and Mrs. Donald Reed, 2850 Orchard, Lincoln, Nebraska. If you get them down at ABPS why don’t you have them wrap them and mail them for you from there and pay them whatever the postage may happen to be. If you do that, I think it will save you a lot of trouble and time.
Yes, I remember Dorothy Probert quite well. I was surprised to hear that she was attending Northern again. There was a girl who attended Northern at the same time she was there, they were together, I can’t think of her name just now; if you ask Dorothy I know she will know who I mean. If you should happen to ask her, ask her where she is and what she is doing. I have never heard anything of Dorothy or her friends since graduation, that is until you mentioned Dorothy in your letter of the third of November.
I am certainly glad you finally received those letters of October 12-15. I was really beginning to worry about them, for I knew one of those letters carried in it money orders for $200. I was happy what you said about saving as much as you can, for I would rather buy things together with you, Dear. You are certainly a wonderful wife. I think it is wise for us to save as much as possible now in preparation for our family and our next home. However, I never want you to go without things you need.
From what you told me in your letter, you must have had a very good visit with Mil. I’m sorry to know that her hand is crippled up. Are they coming up sometime to pick up their necklaces? When you talk to them next time be sure to give them my love and best wishes.
Thank you very much for calling my grandmother and Connie. Sweetheart, you are the dearest wife, whenever I try to describe what I feel deep down in my heart I find that all the superlatives only scratched the surface of what I feel. I only hope to be partially worthy of your precious love and the love we know as one in Christ.
I thought probably you would be thinking that I haven’t been using the stuff you sent for my hair. I have been, I just didn’t mention it to see if you would say, “Well, I suppose Wille isn’t using it after I sent it to him.” You are so sweet, Dear. I would love to have you massage my hair and head like you used to do.
Well, my Dear, it is already morning and I must try to get a little sleep so good night and God bless you in all things.
Forever yours alone in Christ,