February 5, 1946

Seoul, Korea

5 February 1946

Dearest Darling Sweetheart:

This has been another one of those days when everything seems to just go different than you had hoped or planned for. I was up very early this morning and after breakfast I got ready and left for Seoul because I had 20 money orders to get for various patients and I knew that would take time, with all the other things to do. About halfway between here and Seoul the jeep started getting very hot so I had to stop and let it cool off. In a little bit I started out again but had to stop again, eventually I came to an ordinance company and stopped in there and had them clean the radiator and refill it with antifreeze. That took about an hour and slowed me up so much that the thing I wanted to avoid happened, and that was the fact that there was a long line waiting for money orders. It took me over two hours to get them so you can see that I got pretty tired standing in line.

  It was time for dinner by then so I stayed and had dinner with the men of the 31st. (formerly 184th).  Very few old friends are there, most of them have gone back to the States. However, during the noon hour one of my old friends had just received some sad news from home and wanted to see me. In fact, he had already made arrangements to get a Jeep to drive clear out here to see me and find out what to do. Quite a few different men have done that since I’ve left the old outfit. I won’t tell you in this letter but when we are together you can remind me to tell you what the Regimental surgeon of the old outfit had told several individuals. If I’ve been able to accomplish any worthwhile work it has been because of Christ and you, my Beloved Darling. This man who I talked to for over an hour today was a Catholic and also said some very kind of things.

Seoul, Korea. January 1946. Capitol building.

  Immediately after that, I left for the Capitol Building to take care of a number of things up there, by the time I got through there and drove back here it was 3:20. By the way, I met Dr. Kim at the Capitol building and she wants me to come out to her home some evening soon for dinner. She also wants me to bring Miss Farnsworth, Miss Asmus and Miss Mason. She thought they were fine Christian girls and wanted me to bring them out soon. I’m supposed to let her know as soon as possible.

  I didn’t have much time to study or call in the wards after delivering the money orders to the various patients. But I did get a little done. After having supper, I came up here and decided to try to get some more letters written this evening. I wrote to Dolores, Joan Cable and to my father. By the way, I didn’t receive any mail from you but I did receive a letter from my father and Joan Cable. I will send them along in this letter for you to read. I’m also sending two envelopes of letters free for you to read. While obtaining the money orders today, I got two money orders. One for $3.50 for another year subscription to Time Magazine and $11 money order for a 2 year subscription to FORTUNE. That was a special price and I thought they would be worth it to us in our work ahead. As you know, I’ve been receiving the pony edition of TIME over here, but I’ve asked them to start sending it to our home address as soon as that letter reaches them. And I also did the same thing with FORTUNE. Note Rev. Willis A. Reed, 1522 Elmdale, Chicago 26, Illinois.

  According to your letter of the 17th of January, you wrapped the picture and sent it to me. If the mail doesn’t start coming through better I’m wondering if I’ll ever receive it. I’m so anxious to have it, for there is nothing that helps me so much as a late picture of me Beloved Darling Sweetheart.

  I remember Eddie Silversten quite well, and I was interested to hear that you had a visit with him. From what you said in your letter, I would gather he is still about the same. So he is living in Kohler Hall and is going to attend Northern.

  I’m glad you got to see Bernice Ptacek. She is such a lovely girl, but from what you said, she must be working herself entirely too hard. You know what kind of work she is taking it Northwestern? That was certainly a fine one that fellow pulled on June Peterson, I’m glad she found it out before she married him. It’s a sure thing she is far too good for that kind of a fellow.

  I was interested in the conversation you had with Mr. Arnold about Frank’s future plans. I thought a lot about just what to do darling, when you’re out here and everything is so very uncertain it is difficult to know just what to think. I’m interested to know how Frank got around being promoted to Major under this new plan if you have been in grade 24 months with a good record. I know he was a Captain three or four months before I was. Over here it is impossible to find out for sure if you are ineligible now under the new liberalized GI Bill of Rights as pertaining to further educational privileges.

  Well Lover, it is bedtime and has been for quite some time so I think I will close for tonight. God bless you in all things.

 Always and forever just yours

 in Christ’s love,

 Willis

 Colossians 3:3 

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