17 December 1945
Dearest Darling Sweetheart:
Well, today marks the completion of 28 months in the Army and the beginning of the 29th month. The thing that made this a banner day for me was the fact that your first letters to this address reached me today. They were yours of December third, fourth, and fifth. Lover, those letters helped me no end and I just finished reading them the third time now. I thought probably you would feel very badly when you received word that I had been transferred, and I felt like that at first and I’m sure you noticed that in my letters, but now I can see there was a purpose (I mean the Lord’s purpose) and I’m going to do my very best until I am able to depart for the good old United States. Don’t worry Darling, I didn’t have to sign anything, and furthermore, I do not intend to at any time. I have told them right out that I don’t want to be promoted and I want to retain my captaincy. And I’m going to do my utmost to get out of here sometime in March and probably be home in April. If it looks like I’m going to be out of luck on getting out on points by that time; then I’m going to apply for a furlough to the States. By the middle of January or the first of February, they ought to have a pretty good idea just where I stand and then I can proceed accordingly. Remember, I’m going to do my very best to see you early this spring, and as for me, the sooner the better.
Along with your letter, I got Mom’s lovely letter which came through directly. It was such a very nice letter and I appreciated it very much, she is such a sweet mom and I love her so very dearly. Be sure to tell her that I will answer her letter as soon as possible. I drove over to the old 184th area to see if there was any mail there for Don or I, and sure enough I found letters from the following people: Catherine Riley, Jeanne Wyckoff, Ruth Reed, Pearsons, Harold Bushell, John Coor, Arthur Mitchell, Betty Weiskoph, Louise Davis, Charlie and Nettie, some Christmas cards from the loved ones of men killed in action in the Philippines and on Okinawa and also some official mail.
This has really been a rounder of a day from the very beginning. I got up early and came over here to the office and shaved and then had breakfast. I just started to do some of the necessary things when in came one of the men to see me, and then a little later, another chaplain from another outfit. He stayed for some time and then I had made arrangements for a piano to be brought out here to the hospital. It took us about an hour and a half to get up here to the third floor where we will use it. And in what time was left, I called on some of the patients and then immediately following dinner Don and I left here for the Seoul area to take care of some of the things for the men. It was terribly cool driving in that open Jeep and my hands were actually numb when I returned from hanging on to the steering wheel. We saw Chaplain Lowe who is leaving for the States very shortly. He has 73 points. I’m surely glad for him for I know how glad he must feel in going back home to his wife. He has only been overseas since last November, just now going on 13 months. If we just had one child I would probably be on my way very shortly. But I don’t think it will be too much longer now because in a little over a month I’m going to put in for a furlough unless it looks like I will soon be leaving for discharge anyway.
Lover, words just cannot in any sense of the word describe how very much I long for you. I get so very lonesome at times that I just hurt so around the heart. Please don’t worry about trying to do anything about my coming back on that end, I’ve done my best here on this end and I have a feeling everything is going to work out all right anyhow. I’m taking it to the highest authority and in the matter I know you are too, and after all, the Lord knows best and I have a feeling deep down that it won’t be too long. However, as far as I’m concerned, tomorrow is too long to wait to be with you but we are one day closer together and that helps me some. Sweetheart, what you said about me coming home so we could at least try for 12 more points made me feel so all filled up on the inside. I have no way of telling you just how many times I have thought about that very thing. I know you are getting older and that it may make it more difficult for you and we may not be able to have as many children as we have said we would like to have for that reason, but I assure you Lover, I’ll do my best and we will continue to pray for you. I’m so very lonesome for you.
I wrote a letter to my father this evening before starting this letter to you. I haven’t heard from him for some time but decided to drop him another letter just to help cheer him along. Lover, it isn’t so very late but I’m really tired and weary so I think I will close for tonight. Be sure to give the folks my love, and remember, I do love you much more than I ever have before.
Always and forever just yours in
the Eternal abiding love of Christ,
P.S. Your box of cookies also arrived this evening and they are very very good, as are the nuts. I gave Miss Mason, Miss Asmus and Don some and they told me to be sure and thank you for them Lover and to tell you that they are very good. I also forgot to tell you that we had choir practice this evening in preparation for our Christmas services.