From February 23-27th Willis travelled by boat to Hawaii. As the letters could not be sent, he wrote them in a series and sent them when he arrived.
Presumably : February 24, 1944
My Dearest Darling:-
After a good nights sleep I think I’ll drop you a few lines. Our cargo is all loaded and they have loaded all of our troops. We are
supposed to sail at 1300. The sunrise was very beautiful this morning. The higher mountains were covered with many feet of snow and these last views of the U.S.A. will linger long in my heart. Our ship inspires confidence by her very appearance. It may be of interest to you that this is her maiden voyage and is a wonderful example of Yankee engineering and ingenuity. Our ship has been out on a shake down cruise-but this is her first voyage fully loaded.
We have been out 4 hours and 45 minutes now and the last silhouette of the U.S. has disappeared into the waters of the mighty Pacific. All we can see everywhere is water. For the last hour or so we have been in rather heavy seas. Our boat being large and well stabilized has cut much of the lurching of the smaller ships. However, there has been enough motion to make some of the troops and passengers seasick. We blacken out the ship at sunset and all lights are put out in state rooms-so that means early to bed. I will close for now my Darling, but remember as the miles grow that separate us my love increases for you. God bless you today my Dear.
Forever yours in Christ’s abundant love,