September 28, 1943


Nearing Omaha

 Dearest Sweetheart:-

We were 45 minutes late out of Chicago – a man was hurt getting through the gate and it necessitated holding the train. We are about  2 hours late now, but the train is really rolling as I’m sure you can tell by my poor writing. Darling, the only difference time & distance make, is that I love you more than ever.

Your’s ever in Christ’s All glorious Love,


Col 3:3

2nd postcard of the day


Out of Omaha


I saw Verla in the station at Omaha. Don is going to try and see me at Columbus or Grand Island because he’s out on his run. Here’s hoping I get to see him. Verla was surely sweet and ask all about you. Well Darling, how happy I am to have you for my wife.

With All of My Love,


Psalm 91

3rd postcard of the day


Nearing North Platte, Nebraska

Phil 1:3

And chaps 3 and four


Don Reed (Willis’ brother) is in the center. Taken during his first year as brakeman.

Don got on the train with me from Grand Island to Kearney. We had a good visit, all though very short. He looks good and likes railroading. I’m very hungry at present, haven’t had anything to eat as yet. I would enjoy some of your cooking or mom’s right now. Crops look pretty good here in Nebraska. The cloud formations are surely pretty today. More later Dear. Walt(?), the conductor and I have been having a real visit.

All of my Love,


4th  postcard of the day


Nearing Cheyenne

Provberbs 3:5,6


I’ve just had a good dinner on the diner with the train crew. Walt (?) will soon be leaving me. It made me think of old times as I passed through familiar towns in Western Nebraska. It has surely been a pretty good day, so many beautiful cloud formations. I don’t see how anyone could ever doubt the Omnipresence, Omnipotence of God. The more I love you, the more I love and want to do for our Heavenly Father.

With all my Love,


September 24, 2017

Sarah and Willis – Late September 1943.

Willis finished with Chaplain training at Harvard University on September 23, 1943 and was immediately assigned to Long Beach, California and was to report on September 30th.  Because this train route was to take him through Chicago, Willis was blessed to be able to spend a few precious days with Sarah.  This means that we don’t have any letters from the 24th through the 27th.  Willis and Sarah had a few pictures taken during this short visit, which we will share here and in the gallery over the next few days.

Rejoin the Journey on the 28th and follow Willis as he sends a series of postcards from train depots on the way to Long Beach and then struggles to find his battalion.