July 4, 1946

Seoul, Korea

4 July 1946

Sarah, My Beloved Darling Sweetheart:

In another half an hour it will be time for our evening meal, but I want to start this letter before that time. Even though today is officially a holiday the regular attendants of the Bible class decided that we would have our Bible class anyway. In that today was the 4th they didn’t have the mail run so that meant no mail from you, Beloved. After the events of this day I could have most certainly used one of your precious letters, but I’ll be hoping for some tomorrow. My patience concerning this fouled up Army has been pressed to the breaking point. Jeanette is to leave here tomorrow morning and will probably sail Saturday morning. And today they informed me that I will not have a chance to leave here now until the 20th of July or later, for that is when the next ship is supposed to come in. They are generally 3 to 5 days late and then they never sail until 3 to 8 days later. So as things look now, I will not be able to leave here until around the 1st of August, and if the ship happens to be a slow tub, I’ll be arriving there around the last week of August. Alrik finally managed to get through again this morning and he too is very much fed up with the whole affair. I’ve been overseas over 6 months longer than he has. Please forgive me for complaining, Dear, but I’m so lonesome and in need of your blessed presence that I cannot stand much more of this being separated from you. I’m sure you know what I mean.

July 4, 1946. The United States recognizes Philippine Independence.

  It has been pretty dead around the hospital all day because only the very necessary work was taken care of and a lot of the personnel got passes to go into Seoul to visit. It has been cloudy most of the day but so far it hasn’t started to rain, but it looks like it might most anytime now. I’m just too weary and tired to be interested in anything.

  I’ve been around and called in a lot of the wards today and have been doing a little more reading along with lining up for my return to the States. I have most everything like I wanted and will probably get the box of books off to you within the next week sometime. By the way, early this morning I wrote a letter to Don McClintock and one to Audrey Asmus enclosing a copy of,  “The Chosen Life” for the month of June.

  Chaplain Riley and Chaplain Edwards were out here to call on some men who are patients from their organizations. They visited with me for a while and both of them are very much fed up with everything and they have only been in the Army a little more than a year and have been overseas just about one year.

  It seems that Helen Christie is on another rampage of acting up. It is about time that girl grows up. She needs to settle down and remember that she is a young woman and not a child anymore. It could be that there is some organic condition but perhaps she has gone through a physical check-up, I don’t know. How old is she now?

  The man who told Miss Storey that Korea is the forgotten place certainly hit the nail right on the head. We are actually at the end of the line and you can certainly tell it by the way they are treating us over here. Well, my Dear, it is almost time for me to go to eat so I will close for now. God bless you and the folks in all things.

 I’m just yours Dear, because of Christ’s love,

 Willis

 Colossians 3:3

July 3, 1946

Seoul, Korea

3 July 1946

Sarah, My Dearest Darling Sweetheart:

Well, I know I won’t have enough time to finish this letter before time for our midweek service but at least I want to have part of it written by that time. It was certainly good to have two more of your letters today, they were for June 20th and 22nd. They have helped me very much and I’m just hoping that I will soon be able to send you a cable which will be your signal to cease sending letters to me over here. It is going to be so wonderful to be able to talk with you again and not have to depend upon letters to know what you have been doing.

  As per usual, I called in the various wards this morning and then tried to do some studying for this evening’s service. After dinner, I went over to my quarters and took care of some dirty clothes. That took quite a little time. I had a number of interruptions this afternoon and as a result, it seems that I was unable to accomplish all that I had hoped to accomplish. I did manage to get some of my books ready for shipment and as soon as I find a couple more of them I will have that box ready. I also planned a little how I’m going to pack some other things for my return to the States. As you can see, it looks like I have accomplished very little even though I have been very busy all day.

Willie Jr.

  It rained several times this morning. This afternoon it almost cleared for about an hour but most of the time it has been very cloudy and so far it hasn’t rained this afternoon. I wouldn’t be surprised if it did rain some more tonight. As I’ve been saying now for some time I’m still in the dark and there is nothing new to report.

  By the way, in your letter of the 22nd, you told me about receiving the box which I sent to you on May 15th. It made me feel very happy to know that it meant so much to you to receive the little presents. I’m anxious for you to receive something which I sent to you on June 4th in one of the boxes. I feel that you will like them very much. At least I’m hoping so, they will be helpful to us in our home I’m sure.

  Darling, the book, “Jesus the man of Prayer,” must be a very good book and I’m sure I will enjoy reading it. Such books are always an inspiration and I’m sure it will be good to read it. I’m glad that you renewed Paul and Gen’s subscription to The Watchmen and Examiner. I’m glad that Sherry is feeling so well and I know they must be very happy as they look forward to the arrival of their firstborn. That was very nice of Audrey to send you the shells from Okinawa and I’m sure it will be nice for our collection of shells which I have sent to you from Christmas Island.

  Well, our midweek service is over and there were only 19 in attendance. I spoke on this team, “Peace of Mind.”  I’m enclosing the little bulletin which I used for the service. I had it Dwight prepare and lead the service this evening. It gives them an opportunity to have experience. It is to be Dennis’ turn Sunday evening. I’m doing all I can to help the men so it will make it easier for them later in their ministry as well as their college and seminary days.

  I was interested to hear about the woman out at the old people’s home in Maywood who is teaching Paul some things concerning public speaking, that is a fine opportunity for Paul and I think he is very wise to take advantage of such training.

  I was certainly surprised to hear that Calvin Lee called you and it will be good to have a visit with him again. I’ve never seen Calvin since we left Christmas Island. I suppose he is back at his old job at Sears. I wish I knew what his address is and then we could drop him a card when I return.

  I’m inclined to agree with the Chief concerning Ralph Stewart. If that is critical, please forgive me. I really do feel they could obtain a better man for such occasions. I would certainly enjoy teaching a men’s class like they have at North Shore.

  Well Beloved, in a few minutes they will be picking up the mail so I had better get this letter in the box. I love you much more than ever I have before.

 Yours only and always because we are forever each others in Christ’s love,

  Willis

 Colossians 3:3 

July 2, 1946

Seoul, Korea

2 July 1946

Dearest Darling Sweetheart:

  I don’t have very much time, but I’m going to try and have this letter finished before time for our Bible class this evening. The best part of this whole day was the arrival of your good letter of June 21st. Your letter of the 20th is still missing, but perhaps it will show up tomorrow. The only other mail which I received today was a nice letter from Mr. Mason (Major Mason’s father).  It was a very nice letter as are all of the letters he ever wrote to me.

Willis Reed with his Jeep in front of the Hospital. Spring 1946.

  This morning was very much routine such as calling in the wards and visiting with some of the patients. It started raining last night around 11 o’clock and has been raining almost continually ever since. Several times this afternoon it looked like it might clear up, but right now it looks like it might keep right on raining the rest of the night. After going to bed last night and naturally thinking about going home, (which is more than you can realize),  a thought came to me how I might be able to wrap the speaker so I could send it home to you by parcel post and not have to worry about it on the ship. I don’t know why I never thought of that before. First of all, I took it all apart and then took two old towels and a couple of my sweaters and wrapped the parts separately inside of the speaker. It is the shape of the thing which makes it so very hard to send and get it within the 100-inch allowance which they have for parcel post. The idea came to me having it wrapped just in the shape of the speaker;  and the first thing early this morning I measured it and found that it was just 6 inches below the limit by wrapping it that way. I got three old boxes (cardboard) and took them apart and then cut them out to fit around the speaker. It was rather hard to figure out how to tie it securely, but at last, I got it like I wanted it. You’ll understand how hard it was for me when you see it. It is certainly too bad I didn’t figure that out before so it could have been home with the rest of the outfit. After dinner, Dennis and I went into town to mail it to you. It will probably take around 6 weeks to reach you.

  It was after 3:30 when we arrived back here at the hospital and I hadn’t been in the office five minutes until two men came in to see me. After they left, another fellow came so you can see all my time was taken right up to the time for our evening meal. I was detained coming back from supper, as a result, I don’t have very much time to write this letter. In today’s letter you told me about the birthday dinner you had for Mom and Bob and from what you said it must have been very nice. I’m sure the folks will have a wonderful time on their fishing trip up into Michigan. I would have so enjoyed being there, but perhaps, the Lord willing, it won’t be too much longer until I’m able to leave for the good old USA.

  Beloved, I was certainly glad to know that the PA system came through in good shape and I know just how good it must have been to hear our fine records again. I can hardly wait until we can sit down together and hear them. I’m glad you liked the brass bowls and the little dishes, but I was sorry to hear that some of them were broken in shipment. By the way, inform Mom that so far I have been unable to find any brass candlesticks. Those little things which look like shaving brushes and made of bamboo are to stir tea. The first time I saw them I couldn’t think what they were either, but I really think they are quite clever.

  Beloved, it is good to know that the man who brings your parcel post is such a fine man. I could have a lot of those things brought along with me when I come, but for so long now I have had to carry a lot of things with me that when I come back to you I want to travel just as light as I possibly can.

  I’m glad that you had such a fine time at the Four Sqare Banquet. I would have enjoyed going. Be sure to thank the Howells on my behalf. I appreciate very much their kindness unto you in this time of our separation. It made me feel much better to know that Ann Nagel’s sister is better. I shall continue to remember her in prayer.

  I was very much interested in the comments you told me about in your letter concerning the BYF program on the communion service. We shall talk the whole thing over when I return, but from what you said in your letter it would appear from their remarks that they have had no training or what they had was very poor concerning the Lord’s Supper. It is certainly going to be wonderful to talk a lot of these things over with you when we are together again. There is no possible way to tell you how wonderful it is to have you for my wife and sweetheart.

  By the way, you can assure Auntie Scaggs that I do not like clapping or funny stories in a worship service. It always takes something away from the service. In spite of many confusing and annoying things in service during my experience as a Chaplain, I’ve never once seen men appear to be in any kind of a mood which would suggest clapping in a service. Well Beloved, I must close for now because in a very few moments we will begin our Bible class. God bless you and the folks in all things.

 Always just yours in Christ’s wonderful love,

 Willis

 Colossians 3:3

July 1, 1946

Seoul, Korea

1 July 1946

Dearest Darling Sweetheart:

It was really wonderful to have four of your good letters today. They were for June 16th, 17th, 18th, and 19th. They did me no end of good. There just isn’t any way to let you know how much your letters always help me. I had two other letters besides yours, they were from John Stek and Don McClintock. Their letters were very good and I’ll send them on to you later. This has truly been a very hot day and I’m about wilted, I’ve been very busy and as a result, I’m pretty tired. I want to have this letter finished before time for Bible class.

  Early this morning I had several interruptions, but finally, I was able to finish my report for June at 11o’clock. After that, I called in a lot of the wards until time for our noon meal. Early this morning I wrapped two boxes for Jeanette. She is due to leave here almost any time now. In all probability, she will leave here Wednesday or Thursday. She told me that she wrote you a letter last evening and was wondering if you could be able to help her and seeing if it would be possible for her to go to Northern. I told her I knew you would be more than glad to do anything for her. She will call you as soon as she reaches Fort Sheridan and then you can make arrangements with her at that time. So far I know nothing more and I’m literally sweating it out. Darling, as soon as I receive my orders I will send you the following cable, “RECEIVED  ORDERS TODAY.” And you can figure that it will be from 3 to 8 days from that date of the cable before we sail. Be sure to note the date of the cable, if they call the cable to you, be sure to ask them the date so you can figure accordingly. It certainly hurts to see the others going ahead of me, but I’m praying and hoping that it won’t be too many more days before I have those orders telling me to report to the States.

  Immediately following the dinner hour, I went down to get my pay for June. I received a total of $128.10. And after that I bought a money order for $50, I decided not to send a full $100 money order at this time because I might need a little extra on my trip home. It won’t hurt to have a little extra in case of an emergency. I also checked up on my pay voucher for last January and they did take $18.75 out of my pay for a bond, so evidently it has been lost or they forgot to send it to us. Our personnel officer told me to check up on it after I return to the States. I hope it shows up by the time I reach the States, just be on the watch for it, so we will know for sure. Are you sure you didn’t misplace it?

The picture with Knight, Eady, Wheeler and Willis Jr.  Spring 1946.

  By the way, a couple of weeks ago Captain Knight, Lt. Eady, T/5 Fred Wheeler and I had our pictures taken together with my little pup which everyone calls, “Willis Jr.”  It turned out very well. I am enclosing a copy of it in this letter for you. Something else happened today which I’m sure you will want to know. They were after me to take my discharge over here and take a civil service job under Military Government teaching, “Comparative religions,” at Seoul University. Under the setup, I would have to sign up for at least one year and you could come over here and live with me at the quarters provided for the faculty at the University. It would pay $6,400 a year with quarters and all provided. The president of the university mentioned it to me Saturday night, but I didn’t think much about it. He said that they felt I was the man for the job on the basis of my experience and record in the Army. If I don’t take the job they are going to request someone through MacArthur’s headquarters. The whole thing has come to me as a shot out of the blue but I feel that isn’t the thing. Of course, it would be a good experience for you I know to come over here to the Orient. And the salary is very good, but for some reason or other, it fails to strike a responsive chord with me. It would be a wonderful experience to teach such a course and I believe I would like it, but I feel no definite leading in that direction. It is so hard to have to make these hurried decisions when we are thousands of miles apart. I only wish we were together so we could talk the whole thing over. But as things are now, Beloved, I am planning on coming right back to you. I would have to feel a definite leading to the contrary before doing otherwise. And if such would be the case, I’ll send you a cable to that effect. Otherwise just watch for that cable which says, “RECEIVED ORDERS TODAY” and that means I’ll soon be on the high seas after the date of that cable, coming back to the most wonderful Christian wife any man could hope to have. Lover, you just cannot realize how wonderful it is to be able to come back to such a wonderful darling wife as you are. Be it now and forever known unto you that your life and love have and always will be unto me an unending source of inspiration and challenge to be nothing less than my very best for Christ.

  It is completely cloudy now and I wouldn’t be a bit surprised if it didn’t rain during the night. By the way Dear, I bought a very nice portable radio from Dennis today, it is almost new, he has only had it about three weeks and hasn’t used it at all. I got it for just what he paid for it. It cost $42. He bought it through the post exchange and I know such a radio in civilian stores would cost at least $75. It isn’t particularly attractive, but it is shortwave and very powerful. I’m not sure yet whether I’ll bring it with me or send it by parcel post. Beloved, it is almost time for Bible class, so I must close. God bless you and the folks in all things.

 Always and forever just yours in Christ’s love,

 Willis

 Colossians 3:3 

June 30, 1946

Seoul, Korea

30 June 1946

Dearest Darling Sweetheart:

Well Beloved, it is very late and I’m afraid I won’t be able to write you as long a letter as I had hoped to write, but I’m sure you will understand because I want to have this in the box by 9 o’clock. As I said in my letter of last evening, there wasn’t any mail today but I’m surely hoping that there will be mail tomorrow.

  It has been very very hot today and right now it is so sticky I feel like I’m going to melt away. I wouldn’t be a bit surprised if it would rain during the night. It was terribly hot for our morning service this morning and I really felt very sorry for the people in attendance. The chapel was jammed to capacity. I spoke this morning on this theme, “Needed! A New Sense of Values.” Everybody remarked about it but it took more out of me to preach that sermon than any I’ve preached now for some time. For some reason or other, I felt completely defeated when I finished, it might have been because it was so very hot.

Pictures of Willis playing baseball. 1946.

  We had a very crucial ball game this afternoon and it turned out to be the very best game we have ever played. We won by a score of 8 to nothing. It was a tough team and now that makes us the equal of the best team in the whole league. That is the best game I’ve ever pitched so far. The other team only got three hits and only one man advanced as far as second base. Out of 21 games I’ve pitched for our team, we have won 19 while losing two and the two that we lost was only by one run in each game. By the way, this afternoon I was asked to pitch on the All-Star team which they are forming here in Korea but I’m hoping that I’ll be on my way home before we have to play. It is the custom for the All-Star team to go to Japan to play the champions there, but I won’t consider it because I don’t want to do anything which might interfere with my immediate return to the States.

  Several of my old friends were on the sidelines cheering during the game and then they came up here to my office to visit until time for supper, after supper they visited until time for our evening worship service. There were only 21 in attendance this evening. I spoke on this theme,  “Good Looking.”  My scripture was I Kings 16:1-13. By the way, part of Rody’s symphony orchestra were out here to give us a concert and it was very good. Rody wasn’t here, it was led by one of Rody’s assistance. Enclosed find a copy of the program.

  Lover, I must close for now. Be sure to give the folks my love. All day long I have been reminded of what happened four years ago. And I love you infinitely more now than I did then.

  I am ever just yours alone in Christ’s love,

  Willis

 Colossians 3:3 

June 29, 1946

Seoul, Korea

29 June 1946

Darling:

  I had so hoped that there would be some mail today, but none came in which means we will not have any mail now until Monday at the earliest. It would have been so much better to have heard from you but I’ll try not to become discouraged and hoping for mail on the 1st of July (Monday). 

Chaplains and assistants. July 1945.

It is very late and I’m really quite weary to say the least so this letter will be very short. In that they don’t take mail out of here on Sundays, I will save this short note and mail with my letter of tomorrow evening. As usual, I called in the wards this morning and tried to do some studying. Immediately after the dinner hour, four of us decided to go to down to the Disposition Center to see if there was anything we could do to hurry up our orders, and above all, get things straightened out. It was suppertime by the time we got back here and from all indications, we accomplished very little but at least we tried. Another one of the men is going to go down there tomorrow and then we are all going to go down there again. The officer-in-charge got pretty sassy about the whole thing, you would have thought that we were asking him for $1,000.

  By the time supper was over and I tried to clean up a bit it was time to go into town for the GI Gospel Hour (Youth for Christ). Chaplain Rendahl spoke this evening and it was all right. But I do think that it could have been better.  I don’t mean it that critically for, after all, I know that I have enough weaknesses myself. On our way back we noted a big truck which had gone off the high road and into one of the rice paddies. Fortunately, no one was hurt but how, I don’t understand. The wrecker finally arrived and sought to get it out. Finally, we left and that made it quite late for us. Beloved, I will close now and try to write you a much better letter tomorrow evening. God bless you and the folks in all things. You id tow tweet and I do wuuve you more dan ever forever, so dare.

Forever just yours in Christ’s love,

 Willis

 Colossians 3:3

June 28, 1946

Seoul, Korea

28 June 1946

Sarah, My Beloved Darling:

Well, another long day is almost over and how glad I am for that fact. They are still fooling around over here about getting personnel out who are supposed to be on their way home. To give you some idea of how things are fouled up, it may interest you to know that the ship which was to take troops out 2 weeks ago hasn’t even arrived yet and the one which was supposed to come in this last week isn’t in and no one seems to know where it is. Everything is so messed up and it is beyond description, I believe the basic thing is the fact that they are going to hold us just as long as they possibly can. Two more days and this month will be gone and I’m afraid July will be messed up just the same way. There are over 2,000 who have been waiting down at the Disposition Center for three or four weeks. Now that all my complaining is over I will seek to talk about some other things. Beloved, I don’t like to complain but it is very difficult to keep from becoming impatient at times when you have to bear with some of the inefficiency which I see from day to day. I’ll save the rest until I return to you, Beloved.

  The sun is shining gloriously now. However, there are clouds in all directions and it probably wouldn’t take too much for it to start raining any moment. It has been cloudy most of the day, the sun only managed to come through on a couple of occasions. I’m just hoping that it was fair enough weather between here and Japan so that some planes could come through with mail for us, otherwise, we will have to go without mail until next Monday or Tuesday. The days always seem so very long when there isn’t any mail from you. The mail clerks managed to get into Seoul today to see if we had any mail but because of the bad weather we have been having there wasn’t any for us.

  This has been another routine day calling in the wards and trying to do studying. I had wanted to accomplish a lot this afternoon, but to give you an idea, there were six in my office at one time. And then there where several other unexpected interruptions. By the way, we finished the I Kings last night in our Bible class and we really had a fine discussion. There were 15 in attendance. After the Bible class, Miss Ina Pafford and Miss Cook came up to the office with several others and we visited until about 10:30. You will remember I told you about Miss Pafford several days ago, she is from Wisconsin and knows Howard Brumme.  Last evening I gave her your address and telephone number to send it to her mother for her mother often goes into Chicago and it would be nice to know her. From what Ina has told me, her mother must be very fine. It is always a source of joy and thanksgiving when you can find a few girls who still seek to live a clean pure Life in sight of the Lord in spite of all the temptation and problems girls have to face under such circumstances.

Youth for Christ at Soldier Field, Chicago, 1945.

  I was only partway through the above paragraph when I was detained for over an hour. It is rather trying at times to try and write a letter to your sweetheart when you are always being interrupted, but I do want to have the letter in the box before 9 o’clock. It is all clouded over again now so I wouldn’t be surprised to see it start raining almost any time.

  It has been almost two weeks now since I’ve heard from Alrik. Naturally, with the food and flood situation as it is, most of our telephone service has been out and probably will be for some time.

  Dear, I enjoyed very much your description of the Youth for Christ service held Memorial Day at Soldier’s Field. The thing that especially interested me was to hear about all those who made professions of faith and those who expressed a desire to go into full-time Christian service. May they go forth and fully prepare themselves for many years of devoted service to Jesus Christ our wonderful Lord and Savior. Whenever I read your good letters telling me about Paul and Gen it makes me so very lonesome to see them and have some more of our wonderful Christian fellowship. I’m hoping that it won’t be many days away now until we can all be together for a good visit. In a very short time it will be three years since I’ve seen them and most of the time it seems like 30 years rather than three years.

  Beloved, I will of necessity have to bring this letter to a close if I expect to get it in the mailbox in time to be picked up tonight. God bless you my Beloved in all things. You id tow tweet and I wuuve you much more dan ever forever and ever and I taid it first and wast, so dare.

 Yours only and always in Christ’s love,

 Willis

 Colossians 3:3 

June 27, 1946

Seoul, Korea

27 June 1946

Sarah, My Beloved Darling:

Well, it is still raining and from the looks of things now it will probably continue to rain the rest of the night. It has been raining for almost two straight days. About 4 o’clock this afternoon the engineers were able to get in enough of a roadbed to bring our first supplies out here to the hospital. The roads are naturally very bad and they use Caterpillar tractors to pull the trucks through to the area which was washed out by that very heavy rain which we had last Monday evening. Of course with such miserable weather, we are bound to be without mail until planes are able to fly through from Japan. June is almost gone and I know nothing more than I did when the month begin. I certainly pray and hope that things turn out better than they have looked right now. This has been the longest and hardest month I have ever had to go through. I’ve been separated entirely too long from you, Beloved.

  As you would expect, with so much rain, my work has been entirely routine today, calling in the wards, interviews, studying, and preparing for our services for this Sunday. I’m writing this letter after the evening meal. I want to have it done before Bible class and then I won’t have to worry about finishing it in time. I did manage to almost complete the bulletin for this Sunday (our 4th wedding anniversary). 

Willis holding Jeanette’s pup.

  Around 4 o’clock this afternoon, Jeanette came up to the office with four negatives which she said we could have because she has all the prints she wants of the pictures. One is of a Korean farmer preparing his rice paddy for planting;  Rody’s little girl and I walking up a road from their home (remember the night we were invited out there to dinner); Rody and I and the other is of your sweetheart sitting on the bumper of my Jeep with, “Little Willis,”  who was Jeanette’s little pup but now that she is due to leave she has willed him to me. He is really a cute pup and I know you would like him. He follows me all over and everybody around the hospital is crazy about him. I’ve managed to teach him to sit up, speak for his food, shake hands and rollover. He is about as pretty a puppy as I’ve ever seen. You will probably be able to obtain better prints back there that is why I’m sending them through to you now.

  By the way, the flood washed our well away and we have been having a very difficult time with the water here at the hospital. It makes it pretty difficult when we have so many patients. I’m hoping that the situation will be relieved now with the completion of the road. We will have to haul our water out from Seoul.  I haven’t had anything but coffee to drink for the last two days.

  Well Lover, it is almost time for Bible class so I’m going to bring this letter to a halt. God bless you and the folks in all things.

 I’m yours for all the ages of the ages in His eternal love,

 Willis

 Colossians 3:3

June 26, 1946

Seoul, Korea

26 June 1946

Dearest Darling Sweetheart:

 

“Me, Miss Pettigrove, Gale and Mrs. Holly – Thanksgiving Day 11/25/43 – You know what! I Love you more than Ever Darling.

In spite of the fact that our roads are still out, they managed to carry some of our mail through the deep water in the washout. It was certainly good to have your good letters of June 13th, 14th, and F15th. There is nothing in all the world like your letters to help me through these tough days. I got three other letters, they were from the following people: Holly’s and Gail, (Gail sent a little card of thanks for the headscarf and also told about the pearls).  From what the Hollys said in their letter, she must have like the pearls very very much. And the other letter was from Betty Weiskopf.

  This has really been another very miserable day. It has been raining continually since about 9 o’clock this morning and from the looks of things, is going to continue to do so the rest of the night. My heart just aches for the poor Korean people, for in this area at least it means the destruction of the rice crops. Outside of your precious letters, everything has been routine here at the hospital. Such as calling in the wards and several different men were here to see me about various problems.

  We have just now finished choir practice with followed our midweek service. There were about twenty-five out for the midweek service this evening. I spoke on this theme, “What More Do You Need?”  The scripture was the 23rd Psalm. I won’t go into detail now, but when I come back I will show you the outline.

  One of the letters which I received today was your good letter written while you are out to the cottage. I’m glad that you were able to have a day out there. I only wish I could have been out there with you. I’m pretty weary and it will be good to go to such a place for a rest. I only wish you could have been out there for 4 or 5 days instead of just one day.

  Beloved, I’m going to have to bring this letter to a close if I hope to have it in the mailbox in time. So I must close for tonight. God bless you and the folks in all things.

 Yours forever in Christ’s love,

 Willis

 Colossians 3:3

June 25, 1946

Seoul, Korea

25 June 1946

Sarah, My Beloved Darling:

A picture of the rain taken by an Army photographer in 1946.

Well, another day is over and I’m really pretty weary. It has been very hot and sultry here all day. It hasn’t rained as yet, but it looks like it might start almost any time now. As I had expected there wasn’t any mail and there probably won’t be for some time now. We are really stranded out here now, our phone service is gone. The railroad and the main highway have been washed out. Following the dinner hour, Captain Knight and lLt. Eady and I took a walk back of the hospital towards the mountains and what we saw was indeed a sad sight. A number of Korean homes in the village have been completely washed away. The high water has already receded and the people were out in the debris and rice paddies trying to find out what might not have been carried away with the torrents of water. My heart just ached for them, and besides all that, their rice patties and other little fields are almost all ruined.

  The entire morning I spent calling in the various wards and had some time with some of the patients. And then this afternoon I called in some more of the wards and tried to do some reading, but it was so unbearably hot it is almost impossible to concentrate. Following the evening meal, I took a walk off toward another Korean village and it just breaks my heart to see all the damage and destruction of their crops. From what the Koreans have told me, this is about the hardest downpour they have had now for many years.

  I had wanted to have this letter done before time for Bible class but several things came up which made it impossible and now the Bible class is over (and it went way over time, so I have had very little time). We had 11 in attendance again this evening and really had a very lively discussion. I’m sorry this letter is going to be so very short but I do want to have it in the box on time. God bless you and the folks in all things and I will try to write you a better letter tomorrow evening.

 Always and forever just yours in Christ’s love,

  Willis

  Colossians 3:3