April 6, 1946

Seoul, Korea

6 April 1946

Sarah, My Beloved Darling:

I was pleasantly surprised with the arrival of three of your letters today and I’ve just finished reading them over the third time. They were your letters of March 19th, 23rd, and 24th. Your letters of March 20th, 21st and 22nd are still missing. I do hope that they arrive soon. Your letter of the 24th was very short, but I can understand why when you arrived home so very late. Darling, please be careful and don’t overwork yourself. After all, you need plenty of rest. You must have had a long session out at the Paul’s. I got two other letters besides yours. They were from Connie and the other was a nice Easter card and note from Carson’s in Bloomington, you will remember that I baptized her while serving in Lexington.

Willis with his baseball team.

  Dennis always seems to have a lot of trouble when he cuts the stencils for our Sunday bulletin so this morning I decided to do it myself. I’ll send a copy along for you for I think you would like to see one. And then I called in the various wards to see how the patients were coming along. Today was declared an official holiday because it was Army Day. So after dinner, I played some catch with several of the men and also passed the football some. We were scheduled to play another baseball game this afternoon. We won by a score of 2 to 1 in 9 Innings. I had the privilege of being at bat three times, and got two hits; one of them being a double which drove in the winning run. It is a lot of fun and we really have a good team, I don’t have to be a good pitcher to play on their team.

  After the ball game was over some of us went for a walk into the hills and mountains around here. It was cloudy and gloomy most all day and did sprinkle several times this morning. Right now it looks pretty much like rain. Only once in a while does the moon peek out from behind a dark heavy rolling cloud.

  I wanted to start this letter to you earlier but there were several interruptions which held back my starting this letter to you. For some reason or other, I am very tired this evening. And I’m going to try and go to bed early and have a good night’s rest preparatory for tomorrow and its responsibilities.

  Darling, that was sweet what you said Jean Swartwout said to you. You can always be assured that I love you, and Beloved, knowing of the constancy and steadfastness is the very thing that keeps me going during these long days of our separation. I too always feel good inside when I think of you. Your good pictures are right here and I can look at them all the time. The last one I received is right here on my desk and I do like it very much. I would so like to look into your lovely brown eyes again and hold you very close to me.

 Well, Beloved, it is so late and I am so weary that I’m going to close for tonight. God bless you and the folks in all things. Tis so wonderful to just always be yours.

 Forever yours alone in Christ’s love,

 Willis

 Colossians 3:3

April 5, 1946

Seoul, Korea

5 April 1946

Sarah, My Beloved Darling:

Well, I had hoped that there would be mail today but none came in, so that means another day without news from you, Lover. And with the gloomy weather that we had today, I’m surely afraid to hope for some tomorrow for I doubt if any planes were able to fly through the thick soupy weather. Well anyhow, I do know that you do love me more than ever even if I don’t hear from you. And of course, you know that goes for me also because each passing moment only makes me love you much more than ever.

Willis at the chapel on Christmas Island 1944. Caption written by Sarah.

This morning, I tried to do some more studying, but several things came up which made it very difficult to accomplish very much. And then today, I mean this afternoon, was designated as special clean-up day here around the hospital so Dennis, Dwight, and I spent most of the afternoon doing a lot of cleaning in this office and in the Chapel. After having had our evening meal, I went over to the ball field to watch one of our teams play. The wind came up this evening and as a result, it is pretty chilly now.

  Later, I came back here to the office and I had my devotions and then wrote a letter to Jack and Bertha, Maurice and Mary Alice Wilson and to the Chief and Mom. I also prepared an envelope to you with their letters in it. Mom’s letter I will send to you in the letter I am writing to you this evening.

  I’m sorry to know that Bob still seems to retain that unstable attitude about everything. I thought he might come out of that after his stretch in the service. He will never fully succeed at anything if he doesn’t settle down and make up his mind that there are things to be done and only too soon this life and opportunity to do those things will be passed. From several things you have said in your letters from time to time, I would be inclined to believe that he isn’t putting his best into the job he has now. He ought to make up his mind one way or the other soon. I assure you that I will remember them in prayer. Their responsibility will be doubled with the arrival of a baby of their own.

  I was glad to hear that Chenoa’s new pastor and his wife are working along so very well in the church. With a couple like Mr. and Mrs. Pearson in the church to lead young people, they ought to be able to develop some wonderful consecrated Christian leaders in years to come. How is Vivian coming along these days? I have a nice letter from her but I have been so very busy that I haven’t had enough time to write her. When you see her be sure to greet her for me. As well as all other friends down at Chenoa.

  Well, my Beloved, it is so late and I’m so very tired that I think I will close for tonight. God bless you and the folks richly in all things.

 All my love always in His love,

 Willis

 Colossians 3:3

April 4, 1946

Seoul, Korea

4 April 1946

Sarah, My Beloved Darling Sweetheart:

There wasn’t any mail except an old letter which Connie wrote to me on February 7th. It was rainy and cloudy this morning but it didn’t clear off this afternoon so I’m hoping that some mail planes got through from Japan, for certainly there ought to be some more mail coming in soon. I’m reading over some of your old letters, but it’s always of interest to know what you may have been doing lately. I have so many things that I want to talk to you about, I don’t know when we will ever have enough time to talk about all of them. Just to talk them over again will surely be blessed indeed.

  This is been another one of those days. I did manage to get some studying done in the morning in spite of several interruptions. By the way, I went down to mail your present for graduation this morning, but I was unable to do so because he only registers mail on certain days. Tomorrow is the day so I’m planning on starting it on its way to you then. And I do hope that it makes good time.

 

Alaska earthquake. 1946.

Undoubtedly you have been hearing over the radio about the great tidal wave caused by the undersea earthquake in the Alaska area. From the last reports I’ve heard, a number of people have lost their lives in the Hawaiian Islands and in Alaska. And at the present time, they are not sure about all ships, but I do hope they came through without damage or loss of life.

  This afternoon I had a number of problem cases to take care of and then there were some very seriously ill patients and that kept me busy all the time. I hurried over to supper and had a snack to eat before going out to the baseball diamond to pitch for the officer’s team. We won by a score of 8 to 6. I only got one hit out of three times and bat this evening and scored once so that isn’t too bad.

  After the game, I came up here to my office and wrote a letter to Don McClintock and then prepared a free mail envelope of his letters to send on to you to read. Following his letter, I wrote a letter to Vol Mason (formerly Major Mason).  I’m enclosing his letter in this letter because I know you will want to read it.

  From what you have said from time to time in your letters lately, I can see that you have really have a fine selection of religious pictures now. It is going to be very interesting to see them when I return. I’m sure they will be very helpful to us in years to come. You are surely wise to save and catalog all you have. The Valentine you got for Mom from us sounded nice and I’m glad she liked it. Which makes me think Lover, be sure to get her a nice corsage from us for Mother’s Day. Also get a flower for the Chief and for yourself from me. By the way, Lover, I was interested in what you had said about all the publicity Stritch is getting in Chicago and I have some very definite reactions to what is taking place and we better get on the ball or we will find ourselves sadly in need of help. That was surely something that Mom should find the little article about Dr. Kim coming to the States. I do wish you could meet her because she is such a wonderful woman.

  Well, Beloved, I’m so tired and it is so late that I think I will close for tonight. God bless you and the folks in all things.

 Forever and always yours only,

 Dearest – in His love,

Willis

 Colossians 3:3 

April 3, 1946

Seoul, Korea

3 April 1946

Dearest Darling Sweetheart:

It is really late and I’m pretty weary, but I do want to take a few minutes to drop you a letter and let you know that I do love you much more than ever I have before. One reason it is so late is because I stood in a line for almost three and a half hours to have first choice of some beautiful things which were flown in here from Shanghai, China. It was a long wait but I think it was worth it for I was able to get the best pick because of being in the first group. When you see what I got you I think you will think so also. Darling, is to be my graduation present to you. I only wish I could be there, but that will not be possible but perhaps the gift I’m sending will in small measure express to you just how much I love you and how anxious I am to be with you. I do hope that the size will be all right, be sure to let me know. As near as I could tell it ought to be about right. I showed it to Miss Beamer and Miss Ritter and I think they think it is very nice and they believe you will probably like it very much also. I just finished packing it and sealing it with tape. As soon as I can tomorrow I’m going to send it off to you and do hope that you will like it and that it will fit all right. They only had one other like this but I know it was too large, it was a size 40.

Time Magazine. April 1946.

Sweetheart, this has been a rather long and tiresome day. With this quarantine on I’m limited in what I can do, that is, I’m not allowed to go to any of the wards where they have contagion or isolation. And then of course there are to be no services. I called around in the other wards and then used the rest of the day to study and do some reading. Several different ones were in to see me, and of course, that took time. The only mail that I received today was from Don and it was the first letter he wrote to me after leaving. It was dated February 7th. I also received a letter from my cousin Howard which he had written in January.  

It was a long gloomy day and it rained a great deal also. I’m certainly thankful for the warmer weather but it has surely increased our problems here at the hospital with isolation cases. Right now we are really having a hard time taking care of everyone. By the way, nine more of the nurse has received orders today to leave in the morning for the States. Miss Ritter is in the group that will leave tomorrow. I’m surely going to miss her, she is such a fine girl and I love her Virginian accent. Which makes me think that I’m going to take advantage of this time and get most of my things ready for shipment back to the States, and then if something unexpected should come up I’ll be pretty well prepared for departure. Darling, I failed to mention to you yesterday that I received my pay for March and it amounted to $131.20. I’m glad I got it so I had some on hand to buy the nice present for you, and the other I will need to pay for the postage on the boxes, and if I need any extra if I should leave I’ll have some on hand.

  That was surely nice of Roy and Dottie to send you the Valentine. I’m so glad that they can be together again.  Lover, I find it so hard to realize just how wonderful it is going to be with you again. Trying to think about it makes me all choked up and hurt inside. However, I’m glad for that feeling because it does make me realize more than ever just how much you do mean to me in every way.

  From what you said in your letter, I can see that Spain is desperately in the need of more Protestant missionaries. I’ve noticed that many of the news releases from Spain would seek to indicate that fact. However, it is well known that the Catholic church will do everything in its power to suppress such things leaking out into the world at large. As you said in your letter, it is so very difficult to discuss such things by letter.

  I was glad that you got to see Dr. Morong while down at the Baptist office. The meeting you had concerning Vacation Bible schools sounded interesting, and from what you said, I believe it ought to be very helpful to all those who do attend.

  I suppose Charlie and Marion were hoping for a boy and I hardly expected the baby this soon, or at least that is what I gathered from one of the letters what you wrote some time ago. Well, Beloved, I’m tired so I think I will close and go to bed for tonight. God bless you in all things.

 Yours always and only,

 Beloved, because we are one in His love,

 Willis 

 Colossians 3:3

April 2, 1946

Seoul, Korea

2 April 1946

Dearest Darling Sarah:

Well, Beloved, another day has slipped by and for some reason or other I’m pretty much on the weary side. But again, I repeat something I have done many times before; “Praise the Lord we are one day nearer to the time we can be together.”  I had hoped that there would be a letter or two from you today, but none showed up and with the rain and heavy overcast we had today I’m afraid no planes got through, so that will mean there won’t be any mail from you tomorrow. I did receive two letters however, they were from Carl Anderson and from Mrs. Hansen. She sent me a very beautiful Easter card with a nice newsy note on the back of the card. She had enclosed in her letter the clipping taken from the Long Beach paper about the home going of Dr. Jensen. I’m sending it along for I know you’ll be interested in reading it. Be sure to keep the clipping. He is the man who wanted me to let him know when I was thought I might get out of the Army so he could keep us in mind for Southern California. The Hollys knew him very well and thought a lot of him.

by Willis on back: Mr. & Mrs. P.C. Hansen standing on the steps of the apt building of which they are assistant managers.

  This has been one of those days when everything seems to happen and nothing seems to have been accomplished now that the day is past.  I visited through all the wards today and it was really good to see the men again. We have a new patient who is very seriously ill. He picked up a  wire which supposedly didn’t have any current in it, but it was highly charged and his hands were so severely burned that both of them had to be amputated above the wrist. Naturally, he is in terrific pain and I have been by to talk to him several times today. Over a third of our hospital is now isolation cases (mumps, chickenpox, scarlet fever and measles, and smallpox).  I’m hoping that we may be able to have services by Sunday, but unless we have decided drop in the number of cases of the above mentioned things, I’m afraid that we won’t be able to have services. They are doing all they can to avoid spreading it anymore.

  Two men were up this evening following the supper hour about a problem. They stayed some time but finally I started a letter to the Hollys. I finished their letter a little while ago after several interruptions. One of the interruptions was Alrik calling me from Fusan to see how I was getting along. He talked to the Chief Chaplain of Korea yesterday (Chaplain Jaegar) and he told Alrik under the present set up, we (Alrik and me) are due to leave for the good old USA. Lover, that almost sounds too good to be true. I’m not going to count on it too much because things can happen in the Army, but at least that is something definite to look forward to, the indefiniteness about everything has been very hard to take at times. In reading back to the above paragraph, I see I failed to say we are eligible as of June 1st. Here I’m not trying to be excited about the whole thing and then in trying to tell you about it I leave out the most important thing, THE TIME ELEMENT.

  I’m going to enclose Holly’s letter and the pictures with this letter also for I know you will want to see them. All day yesterday and today I haven’t been able to get off my mind the fact that a year ago today things were tough, and the more I think about it and all the danger, I don’t know how I ever came through the whole thing without some kind of an injury, outside of those few times I was diving for cover in artillery and mortar barrages of the enemy.

  Darling, this afternoon I received a box which I was so surprised to receive. It was from Dr. and Mrs. Koller.  Did you know that they had sent it to me? It was a very nice 2 lb box of “Mrs. Snyder’s candy.”  It was about as fresh as could be, they had sealed it all the way around the box with tape. According to the postmark, it had been mailed the 31st of January. When I received the box I looked at the writing and it was different than any I have ever seen before and so couldn’t figure out who it was until I opened the box and found the lovely card with this note on it, “We think of you and pray for you.” “The Kollers.”  When you see them be sure to tell them how much I appreciated their kindness and thoughtfulness. I’m going to try and get a note off to them tomorrow. That was such a surprise to me, I believe they have seen what a blessed Christian wife you are to me and sought to say so by being kind and thoughtful to me because they know you love me so dearly in spite of my weakness and shortcomings.

  It is rather late but I want to try and catch up on some of your letters which came in the last week or so. I’m sorry to know they persist in cutting down your teaching time in Sunday school. Honestly, unless you have a good leader for opening exercises you’re better off not having any service at all I do believe. Darling, knowing Mr. Hardy as I do, I can easily understand just what you have to go through sometimes in that department. He is willing, but just fails to lead properly.

  You mentioned the fact that LIFE Magazine hadn’t started to come yet. If it hasn’t started to come by the time this letter reaches you, I would drop them a letter and ask them what seems to be the matter. By the way, that also makes me think, have you been able to see anything along the line of a nice desk fountain pen for Don?

  Lover, it is late and I must try to get some rest before morning rolls around. God bless you and the folks in all things.

 Forever just yours in Christ love,

 Willis

 Colossians 3:3

April 1, 1946

Seoul, Korea

1 April 1946

Sarah, My Beloved Darling:

As you will note from the top of this letter I am now back here at the hospital and I’m so very glad to be back here and working. It is all right to go away for a while, but I know I’m not going to be able to be still very long. The best thing about arriving back here was the blessed privilege of finding eight of your wonderful letters. They were yours of February 11th, 12th, 13th, 14th, 15th, March 13th, 14th, and 15th. Darling, there is no possible way to tell you just how much those letters meant to me. I’ve read them over twice already and you can be assured that they will be in for a whole more. In checking back through my letters now I find that I have every one of your letters now up to and including your letter of March 18th. You’ll be interested to know that I received two letters from Dolores, a beautiful letter from Maurice Wilson’s wife (as soon as I answer the letter I will send it on to you to read), Jack and Bertha (a wonderful newsy letter as per usual),  Laura Pettigrove, and a beautiful letter from the Hollys. Their letter was written on the 14th of February. They also enclosed very interesting pictures in their letter. I’ll send them on to you later for I know you will want to see them. And then there are a number of Lexington Unit Journals and some other bits of literature.

Kusan, Korea. 1946.

I got up this morning at 5:30 and dressed and pulled out of Kunsan, Korea this morning at exactly 6 o’clock. I told Earl and the other officers there that I was going to leave early for I wanted to get back here in good time. Of course, they didn’t want me to leave without having breakfast but I would rather miss two or three meals and get back here in time to get some things done. I slipped out of their quarters at about 10 minutes to 6 and I don’t believe a one of them heard me for they didn’t even move. After traveling over some pretty rough roads, I arrived back here at the hospital at 20 minutes after 2 this afternoon. I only stopped twice and that was when MP’s wanted to check my dispatch or trip ticket as they are called. That was very good time considering the very rough road. Darling, I only wish you could have been a long for I really traveled through some very beautiful territory. The thing that amazes me about Korea is the fact that there are beautiful mountains and hills on every hand. The people are to be commended for the way they have learned to take advantage of every bit of land. There were really some very lovely scenes along the way, when we are together I’ll tell you about them. All along the way, you could see the people out in the field working and preparing the land for the spring planting. And then there were many who were rethatching the roofs on their homes preparatory for the coming of the spring rains.

  I was very very dirty and dusty when I arrived back here, and I, of necessity had to take a shower immediately. After that, I came back up here to my office and tried to read your letters, but that was difficult because word got around that I had returned and different ones kept coming up to my office to tell me how they missed me and how glad they were to have me back. That was surely kind of them, but it really surprised me but if I’ve been able to help all praise to Him and my wonderful darling Sweetheart who is such a constant source of inspiration and joy to me in every way. Before supper, I dropped around to a few of the wards and it was good to see the patients again and they told me that they too had missed my daily visits.

  After having my evening meal which really hit the spot after being without food for a number of hours, I came back up here to my office and typed up my monthly report  for March. Just think Lover, perhaps April and May will be all I have to do until I am able to be with you, it is such a wonderful thought and I have to watch myself or I will be becoming very impatient. As for me, that time can slip by none too rapidly. I’ll keep you informed on all the details. I would love to go with the folks on their fishing trip, but I don’t want to say anything one way or another until I know some more definite information.

  It was rather difficult getting the report finished for several different ones came up to see me but now it is done and it is getting late. Sweetheart, in one of the letters I received from you today you told me about the home going of Mrs. Zude.  That was such a blow to me, I still find it hard to believe, for I didn’t realize that she had been failing in health. I’m sure that Mr. Zude will miss her terribly. As soon as I can find a little time I’m going to drop Harold and Buena a letter. And if you can find time, I think it would be very nice also.

  You also mentioned the fact that Dr. Jensen in California had passed away. I’m not sure which Jensen you mean, (Louis P. or  Ralph)  but I’m inclined to believe you mean Dr. Ralph Jensen who is executive secretary for the Southern California Convention of the Northern Baptist Convention. That was certainly a great surprise to me. From what I know, he was a comparatively young man unless his looks were deceiving. You know he’s a great friend of The Hollys and he is the man who told me that he wanted me to let him know as soon as possible whether or not I would be interested in Southern California following my discharge from the Army.

  What you told me about John Clark cheating his company out of money about broke my heart. It must be very hard on the Scheu’s and Iris.  I only wish I were there, for I believe from some experiences that I have had that I could help in some way. For Iris and the children’s sake I hope that John will not have to go to prison. Be sure to let me know the news about the situation from time to time. You may be assured that I’ll continue to pray about the matter.

  Sweetheart, it is so very late and I’m so tired from the very long rough ride today, so I think I will close for now. God bless you and the folks in all things. (By the way, the letters I wrote while down to Kunsan I’m going to mail up here for it will get out just as fast here). 

 Always just yours in Christ’s love,

 Willis

 Colossians 3:3

 P.S. On March 20th, 1946, Jeanette Mason took two pictures (1) is of Audrey Asmus on her way home. (2) Is of Dennis, Hodak and your Lover. Audrey left here about a week ago so you ought to see her sometime between the 15th and 20th of April. I know you will like her.

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