February 3, 1945

February 3, 1945

My Beloved Darling:

This has been another one of those days when I have had so much to do but I haven’t had time to do all that I would like to have accomplished, but nonetheless, I have done all I possibly could. As per usual, I will not be able to tell you about what I have been doing. As I have said before, I like to go through this kind of training with the men for we will probably need it for where we are going.

Joseph Rivard. The young man who gave Willis his picture. From Sarah’s scrapbook. 1945.

I spent about three hours this afternoon calling on men in one of our hospitals. I certainly like to visit with the men, I only wish I had more time for it. Since being a chaplain I have found you can really make your job count or you can let it slip and get by with a a lot of things. For I have seen it done on several occasions, but as for me, I cannot do that, it is my earnest desire to see many men come to Christ. And I have determined in my heart with all that is within me to be as good as possible for our Lord Jesus Christ.

By the way, when I was calling in the hospital this afternoon I saw one of the men of our outfit who is in the hospital. He is a Catholic but he is a fine fellow and a real friend. He has been grand to me in every way and I don’t believe there is a thing he wouldn’t do for me. He is married and they have a little baby girl almost a year old. He gave me three nice pictures which I am going to send to you. One is of him with his name on the back, another is a little stream and the other is a picture of a sunset over a field of small pineapple. As I’ve told you several times before, I wish you could see some of the beautiful sunsets we have out here. I know you would love them, Darling. Wouldn’t it be grand to be walking arm in arm watching one again?

Dear, I would like to write you a longer letter but it is so very late and I am tired that I must close and get some rest, for tomorrow promises to be a very busy day also. Remember, I love you more than ever I have before. God bless you in all things, Dear.

Always and forever yours Dear

In the love of Christ Jesus,


Colossians 3:3

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