February 13, 1946

Seoul, Korea

13 February 1946

Sarah, My Dearest Darling:

This has certainly been a miserable day as far as some things were concerned and I’m tired and weary tonight that I can hardly keep my eyes open. The best thing about this day was the arrival of your letter of January 23rd. I’ve just finished reading it for the second time. That was the only email I received today. Our mail is surely slow in coming through here lately.

Alrik and I were both up early this morning because he wanted to go to Ascom City this morning and take care of some other business and then meet me at the chaplain’s meeting there this afternoon and come back with me. Most of my morning was spent taking care of many different things for patients, and about 11 o’clock, Mr. Lee, a very fine Korean Christian man who I knew while back with the old 184th, came in to visit me. It always seems that when you have so much to do is when something like that will happen.

Zones of occupation after the end of the war.

As soon as he left I had a bit to eat and Miss Farnsworth and Miss Berraris went with me to visit some nurse friends of theirs in the same area where we had that the chaplain’s meeting. I left them there and I went on to the meeting. I was a little late but Alrik assured me that I didn’t miss a thing. As per usual, the meeting didn’t amount to a whole lot, just a lot of red tape.

  Immediately after that Alrik and I went over to the hospital in the area where the nurses were. We finally found them and started back here, we were only about two or three miles from there when the Jeep started to miss and act up. It again became very hot. I turned around and went back to the ASCOM area and checked it over at the motor pool. We looked all over and were unable to find the trouble. We added water and hoped for the best. By that time it was so late that we would have missed supper here so we ate there and started back here. We finally got here but the old Jeep missed all the way and sometimes I wonder if we would ever make it.

  We had our midweek service and they were only twelve in attendance. That is the lowest I’ve ever had since my arrival here. These new men and women don’t seem to be interested in the things of the Lord to the extent that the older ones were. I surely miss the old faithfuls who always attended so regular. After the service the barber very graciously cut my hair, I’m so very busy during the day time that I cannot find enough time to wait in line for a haircut.

  Lover, I wuve you so much more than ever and words cannot tell you just how lonely I am for you in every way. Alrik is writing a letter to his wife Harriet now. We are both pretty weary so we are going to turn in early.

  Last evening I told you I thought it wise for you to go ahead and register for the last quarter, but I’m going to tell you again tonight in case that letter is slow in reaching you. Take what you feel will be the most helpful to both of us in our future work. And if  I do come soon you can drop that work if it seems best. God bless you my Lover in all things.

 Always and forever yours in

 Christ’s love,


 Colossians 3:3 

One thought on “February 13, 1946

  • John T Reed
    February 13, 2020, 3:27 am

    “That was the only email I received today.” (?!) WOW–I guess Willis did a bit of time travel, too 🙂

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