December 4, 1945

Seoul, Korea

4 December 1945

Dearest Darling Sweetheart:

It is late and this room is like an icebox but I want to talk to you for a minute. I’ve just finished writing three letters, they were to my Grandmother and Aunt, Delores Nelson and Major Mason. My hands are so cold I feel like wearing mittens to write this letter, but I find no reason to complain when I see how very little the Korean people have. The sun shone all day, but in spite of that fact, it remained very cold.

Willis with his men in Long Beach. 1944.

  I was up early this morning and called early on all the patients and supplied them with some things which they were in need of. I came up to my office about 11 o’clock and read until dinnertime. After dinner I visited with one of the officers for a while, then I came back here to my office and a man came to see me about a certain problem. It took some time to get it straightened out. Then another soldier came in to see me for a while. About three o’clock a chaplain came in to visit with me for a while. Eventually, he left and then I dropped by the ward to see the men before suppertime.

  After supper I came here and started one letter, then a soldier came in to see me about a very bad situation. I’m going to see what I can do for him tomorrow. Now that is today’s activities on paper it doesn’t sound like very much but I have been on the go all the time and it is now pretty late.

  When you see Vernon Ritter be sure to give him my best wishes. It makes me happy to know how well he is doing in his two churches. Vernon and his wife have a child of their own now, don’t they? It seems to me they have but I’m not sure.

I was surprised to hear about you seeing Larry Allen. It’s good to know things are going so well for them in their church in Milwaukee. So, Bernie Ptacek is taking work at Northwestern. What degree is she working for? Doesn’t she have an M.R.E.  from Northern? I was surprised and very glad to hear about them starting the male chorus out at Northern. Northern really needs a good music department.

  Be sure to let me know how Milo Nixon comes out in canidating at Paul and Gen’s church. Did Paul preach at Graymont, Illinois as a candidate?

  Sweetheart, it is so late and I’m so cold I think I will sign off and get right into my good old sleeping bag. God bless you, Lover, in all things.

 Yours and none others for always

  Darling in Christ’s love,


 Colossians 3:3

 P.S. Enclosed find the following letters: Paul’s, Major Mason and J Hoffman Cohn’s.

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