Okinawa Shima – Ryukyu Islands
25 August 1945
Sarah: My Dearest Darling:
Well, at last I got some mail from you this evening. Your letters of August 10th and 11th arrived this evening and I was so glad to read them. After a famine, that is not having the privilege of your good letters, it is so good and refreshing to read your letters. I read them over twice as soon as they arrived and I have just finished reading them again. As I said in last night’s letter, I’m afraid mail won’t be coming through so well from you for about 3 or 4 weeks, that is until this big move is over which is in the offing. They had a bad storm in Japan which we felt somewhat down this way today. The wind has been very high at times and it has rained off and on throughout the whole day. It was very very close and humid all day, in fact, it is now even though it is rather late. About noon we had a lot of thunder and lightning. Is the most I’ve seen or heard since we left the good old United States.
In short, I spent almost the entire day lining things up and going through some magazines and cutting out some things which I thought might be of value. I also took care of some more follow-up letters and then this evening before starting this letter to you I wrote a letter to Scheus and one to the Powells. In your letter of the 11th, I found three more of the pictures that you said Gen had taken when she had her camera on the 4th. The pictures are all very good and I enjoyed them very much. The only disappointment was the fact that you were in only two of the five pictures. You know Dear, you look sweeter than ever and I am more lonesome than ever for you.
In your letter of the 10th, you had just heard the news about Japan and was wondering in your letter if I might be home sooner. That is by Christmas or the first of the year. Dear, the Army is more unpredictable than the weather, so I would not venture very far on when I might be able to get back. They publish and release all kinds of statements about points, combat troops, time overseas, etc, etc. But as I told you last night, I will not count on any thing for sure until I see the Golden Gate. 4 months from tonight is Christmas night, and I might be home by then. (Personally to me that is hardly to be hoped for). By late next spring I will probably have a pretty good chance to get back to the States. Dear, I think it will be a good idea for you to finish your thesis this first quarter if possible or get as much of it as possible done, so if something very surprising should happen you will have most of it done. Don’t plan on too early an arrival, then if I should get back sooner than expected then we cannot be so disappointed. Don’t worry, I shall keep you informed as time goes along.
Darling, the way you are fixing the shells sounds very interesting and I’m sure they will be very attractive. I’m rather anxious to get home to see the things. I find it rather hard to remember all the things I’ve sent home for you since I’ve been overseas.
Your story about Donnie and the other boy being, “Jesus men,” was pretty good. I hope it makes a lasting impression upon him and that Rachel and Don will give him all the proper encouragement along that line.
Darling, I’m enclosing an advertisement concerning a book which I think will be very good for us to add to our library. I looked through the book one day and I think it will prove helpful to any of our future young people in our church. Whenever you are down to ABPS again you can look for it or have them order it for us. That makes me think, do you have all the volumes of Latourettes’ History of the Christian Church? I believe I noticed somewhere that he had completed the last volume and that is now ready for sale. Dear, I will close for tonight. God bless you Beloved in all things. Be sure to give the folks my love.
I’m just yours, Darling, for always In
Christ’s perfect love,