January 12, 1945
My Beloved Darling Sweetheart:
Well, here it is late again but I’m going to do my best to write you a longer letter than I have for the last few nights. Of course, I thought of you many times today in many ways. Just a year ago tonight I was on the El Capitan headed for Long Beach, California. I will certainly be happy when I am on the train heading back for Chicago.
In brief, I spent the entire day calling on men from my outfit in the various hospitals. I always enjoy this work, but the hospitals are so scattered and far apart that a lot of your time is spent in traveling from one place to another and then that way you don’t have a lot of time with each man. By the way, it so happens that Chaplain Gabrielson is the hospital chaplain at one of the hospitals where I called on the men. It was certainly good to see him again for a while. I had dinner with him and visited for about another half hour, I would like to have visited longer but in order to reach the other hospitals, we had to be on our way. He asked me to be sure to extend his greetings and best wishes to you. He also asked me to have you greet Dr. Stiansen for him when you have the opportunity. He, as we, think Dr. Stiansen is among the best. I told him about Mrs. Stiansen and he said he would be very glad to remember her in is prayer. I also had an opportunity to visit with Chaplin Brown for about 10 minutes. He was glad to see me and wondered how you were coming along at Northern. You’ll remember his wife is studying at William Jewell College while he is in the service.
While on the way to one of our first hospital stops, we were passing by Carl Anderson’s place. I stopped by and visited with him for about 15 minutes. Lieutenant General Richardson came in just as I was leaving. Carl wants me to plan to spend a night with him in the near future. However, I will not be able to do so for a while because I wanted to really get things underway here before I take any time off. Next week, we are to have the whole week in jungle training. As a result, it will throw most of our program out of gear. I was working on my message for this Sunday morning when a soldier came into see me about a problem that was bothering him. We talked for almost an hour before he left. Shortly after he left another soldier came to see me. As you can see, my evening has been greatly broken up and I have not been able to accomplish that which I set out to do. I don’t mind though for I am very happy to have the men come to me with their problems. Some of the things that happen almost break your heart. Please pray that I may lead of the Holy Spirit as I seek to help men with their problems.
By the way Darling, I am have meant to tell you for several days now to send the folks’ picture as soon as possible. I am rather anxious to have it. I know it will really look nice in the frame that you sent with your lovely picture. So many times I look at your lovely picture and breathe a prayer of thankfulness to our Lord for the privilege which is mine in being your husband.
Well now Dear, I’m going to devote the rest of this letter to answer some of your questions and making comments on other things you said. I was surprised to hear about Mary Lindner moving to Honolulu. If we don’t leave here too soon, perhaps I will have the privilege of meeting her and her husband. Do you have any idea when he will be able to get transportation over here? I too am sorry to know that she or her husband are not Christians. I am certainly happy about the Chief. It is wonderful how the Lord has answered our prayer concerning him. I’m glad to know that they have such a good teacher in the men’s class and I am glad that he likes Dr. Wilson’s sermons. I am happy to know that someone is going to give a stained glass window to Buena for that place back of choir. You can be assured that I will keep it to myself. Yes, I remember that wonderful stained glass window at Forest Lawn Cemetery in Glendale, California.
Darling, I assure you that it is entirely all right to give the folks one of the outriggers with the sail. As I have said several times before, I am perfectly satisfied with anything that you feel you should do. I am glad the Chief likes the little outriggers, and I am also glad he will be happy with the shells when they arrive.
You certainly went to town with your Christmas shopping and I am sure all of the folks will be happy with the things you gave them. All of the things you bought sounded very good to me, Dear. I’m glad you bought yourself another new pair of shoes. I do hope they will be all right for you, because I don’t want you to have trouble with your feet. I’m sorry you had a bone out of place in your back, but I am glad to know that you have it in place now. Please don’t hesitate to keep yourself feeling in the best of condition. Whenever you have a bone out of place like that have it taken care of right away. I enjoyed the quotation you mentioned about Frank Sinatra. I think the writer really hit the nail on the head, that is in the quotation you enclosed in your letter.
Thank you Dear for sending the wedding present from us to Bob Peterson. By the way, I think our Christmas letter was very nice and I like the way you fixed it up very much. The varied colored ink added to the beauty of the whole letter. Darling, I like very much the part you wrote, and thank you very much for cutting my part down. Your selection of gifts for my father, brother, Verla and Arthur were very good and I think they will like them very much.
It was certainly good to hear about Clarence Ivert. I know he will be happy to get out of the Army, and I know she will be happy to have him back again. Won’t it be a grand day when we can be together again, Dear?
Darling, it has grown very late, so I will close for tonight and write to you tomorrow evening. Remember Darling, I love you more tonight than I ever have before. God bless you Beloved in all things is my earnest prayer. Be sure to give the folks my deepest love.
Yours I am for the ages of the ages
In the Love of Christ Our Lord,