September 16, 1944
My Beloved Darling:
Another day has slipped by and I’m still waiting to get a plane back to our island. This waiting around is surely tiresome. I like to be busy and have things to do. Perhaps you have heard the expression that most men use in the Army, “Hurry up! And wait.” You will not be able to appreciate that statement for you have not had any close contact with the Army. From all indications I will have to wait two or three more days before I get out of here. This inactivity is monotonous to say the least.
I waited around here for some time this morning, and finally when I found out I could not get out today I decided to call the Chaplain Cavender and we planned to be together for a while this afternoon. We contacted Chaplain Brown, so we spent about five hours together this afternoon. Chaplin Cavender left a little early because he had some things to do. Chaplin Brown and I had dinner in Honolulu and had a very good visit. He is really a fine fellow and is planning on going to Northern to finish his seminary work. We have a good many of the same ideals. We are about the same age and his wife is just a little older than you are. They’ve been married five years. He is anxious to get back with his wife, just as I’m anxious to get back with you, Dear. He came into the Army as a chaplain two months after I did. They also look forward to having their own family. So many of our ideals are like that it is amazing.
I arrived back here just about sundown. I read magazines and newspapers to help pass the time away. There are no more to read, so I guess I’ll have to twiddle my thumbs.
I surely hate missing services for the men tomorrow, but I’m not able to do anything about it. I just have taken a nice warm shower (so good after nothing but brackish water) and will read my devotional material and retire for the night because I’m tired, even though I haven’t done anything.
Well Darling, in closing let me remind you that I love you much more than ever. Be sure to give my love to the folks.
Now and forever yours in the love of the
Lord Jesus Christ,