February 7, 1945

February 7, 1945

Sarah, My Beloved Darling:

I have just a few minutes before supper so I think I will start this letter to you now, for it is hard to tell what may happen. And besides, I want to write you a little longer letter than I have the last three or four times. I am certainly tired tonight, there has been a lot going on all day. It seems that I have accomplished very little, but nonetheless I have been with the men until after dinner, then I came back here to my tent to plan services for this Sunday. I got the bulletin ready so Donald can start working on it. I also did some reading on my message for this coming Sunday. It certainly gets hot in a tent, especially during the day.

By the way, I had my assistant take a book down to the post office this afternoon to send to you. It is on Honolulu and the Hawaiian Islands. I thought you might like to see the pictures in it. Along with the cards I have been sending from time to time, you’ll have a good idea of what it looks like over here. I am going to see if I can have some other pictures taken and as I do I will send them to you.

Sweetheart, I’m going to take the opportunity to answer some more of your questions and make comments on other things. I am a little bit behind in answering some things, but in this time which is mine this afternoon I will seek to catch up. I’m glad to know that you had such a good visit with Lee’s aunt. From what you told me in your letters, she must be a very fine person. I know she must have been glad to see you and visit with you. I haven’t been able to see you Lee since I came up here for several reasons. But from the looks of things, I may be able to see him in the next week or two. When I do see him I will tell him about your fine visit with his aunt. Dear, you asked what kind of office I have, it is just a regular Army tent. They get hot during the afternoon. Nothing very classy, boxes for chairs and a large one to write on. Remember, we are not a garrison division, we are on field positions.

You were wondering about the Cat’s eyes, they are the part that closes on shells when you find down in that way. The little ones I sent you from down where I used to be are impossible to shine because they are not nice and clean like those which come from Fiji. I’m glad you and Mom like the Cat’s eyes. I was surprised to hear about Mac being discharged from the Navy. Let me know if he should happen to come to Chicago. I suppose you will hear about him getting a church somewhere soon. I was surprised to hear that Fred Lambert is going to move his wife and baby up to Chicago. By the way, what does he do on the outside? Is he doing all right in his school work? I suppose he is probably in some of Paul’s classes, isn’t he?

It is good to know that Kollers were happy with the presents that we were able to give them because of the kindness and the love of the natives. As Mrs. Koller said, I suppose I wouldn’t be able to recognize the girls now. I’m sure that Evelyn must be developing into a fine young lady. Even as a little girl she was always very sweet. By the way Dear, the shark sword that has the cross and the letters K and M was made by Mofete . K meaning Kima and M meaning Mofete. Most men are addressed as Kima Mofete or whatever the name should be out of great respect. Often some of them would address me as Kima Reed, and in referring to you they would say Kima Reed Awanga; the Awanga meaning wife. Mom’s idea about the mother of pearl shells sounds very good. They probably would make good dishes for salads or serving seafood of any kind.

As I said in the letter that I wrote to you about Captain Hirsch, do not call Mrs. Hirsch. Wait and see if she calls you that is alright, if she does not mention his illness don’t you either. As I told you, a great portion of the trouble can be placed right at his door because he certainly has not been fair in many things. He does a lot of drinking, gambling and going around with the nurses. Of course, he tries to make me believe it is all her fault, but I have seen him in action. He became quite peeved with me because I would not sign a slip so he could get my amount of liquor which is allotted to officers overseas, that happened down below. He accused me of destroying morale in the front of a bunch of other officers, he said that the chaplain which preceded me always signed the card and then they would take the liquor off his hands. I told him, as well is the rest of the officers, that I wasn’t the other chaplain and I didn’t intend on being a distributing agent for any of the liquor industries. He said I was narrow minded and a lot of other things, but before he left he was very nice and asked if he could talk to me about the troubles. I never told you that before, but you will recollect that I said I would like to be able to tell you some things. I will tell you a lot more when we are together. I think this will give you an idea of the type of an individual he is and I cannot see how he expects a happy married life when he lives as he does.

Dear, it certainly sounded nice the way you fixed the table for the intermediate party. I’m sorry to know there were not more there, but from what you said they must’ve had a grand time together. It is almost suppertime and I want to take a shower before we eat, I’ll write more after our midweek service. Chaplain Wells will bring the message this evening. I will lead the singing in the opening part of the program.

I took a good shower and came back to my quarters and left here for retreat. Immediately following supper, I came back here to my tent and much to my surprise I found your letter of January 30th and also a very lovely letter from Bertha. She told me many things, as soon as I answer the letter I will send it on to you for your reading. You, as I, will be sorry to hear about the death of Ira Whiteman, one of the deacons of the church. When you get the letter you will be able to read the details. As always Dear, your letter was wonderful and I am thankful unto the Lord more than ever for the wonderful privilege which is mine in being your husband. By the way, I really believe your letter of the 17th must be lost. In checking back through my letters I find that you typed in the date of the 17th on one letter, then you wrote over the seven in ink making it sixteen. Now that I have letters from you two weeks later I have almost given up hope of ever getting that letter. I surely hate to miss any of your letters because everyone of them are precious to me and they mean more than words can tell.

Captain Mason – 1945.

We had 26 at our midweek service tonight, there would probably have been more but there were several night problems going on, and as a result, some were not able to be there. I led the singing and Chaplain Wells brought a very good sermon. Captain Mason and Lt. Svare also came down to the service with me. Lt. Svare is a high school music teacher from Wisconsin. Pray about it Dear, for I do hope that I can get him to come to services more often. From what I have been told, he never has attended services. Tell Edith that we use the songbooks a great deal and they help more than they realize. When we go forward I am going to take them with us, for they are much better than the regular Army service hymnal. I have been teaching the men choruses and they are getting so they can sing very well. It always does my heart good to hear men singing like they do.

I’m not sure but I think I asked you to see if you can find out what Bill Doten’s address is, if I have time and I am over in his direction I might look him up. You mentioned in your letter of January 22nd that I surely have received your letter saying that you had decided not to finish your thesis this term. I haven’t received any such a letter, so I take it that that message must have been in your letter of the 17th. As I said before, it is entirely up to you what you want to do about your thesis, if you feel it is best not to write it after having prayed about it, that is the thing to do.

Darling, I am so proud of the fine work you are doing at Northern. Keep it up, for it cheers me and helps me more than you will ever fully realize. I certainly wish I could have done as well when I was attending the school. At least I know I did the best I could. The record you’re establishing is a blessing to me and challenges me to do my very best for Christ. I will be so happy to see you come out on top.

It must have been good to hear Dr. Axling again, I think he is a most wonderful servant of the Lord. I have always enjoyed hearing him. We certainly need more men like him.

The course Dr. Richardson is giving at North Shore sounds most interesting. I am glad to know that Mom and the Chief are going, I think they will enjoy it very much. Maybe the way Dr. Mason published the grades will wake some of the brethren up to the fact that they need to work harder if they are going to be properly prepared for full-time Christian service.

I was surprised to hear that the Ettridges are going to move to California. I am also sorry to hear about the condition of Mrs. Allen’s sister. Well Darling, it is getting rather late and I am tired so I better close for now. God bless you in all things, Beloved. Good night Sweetheart. Be sure to give the folks my love.

Yours only for the ages of the

Ages in the love of Christ Jesus,

Willis

Colossians 3:3

P.S. Also find enclosed three more postcards.

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