January 12, 1946

Seoul, Korea

January 12, 1946

Sarah, Dearest Darling:

This has been a banner day for letters from you darling. I was pleasantly surprised with the arrival of five of your letters, they were for December 28th, 29th, 30th, 31st and January 1st. Those grand letters have already been read twice and I assure you that they are in for more reading. They really helped me to no end. Even though I’m really tired and weary this evening, they did help me a whole lot. I was just trying to think of how wonderful it is going to be able to be with you again.

North shore Baptist Church – Chicago.

  Besides your letters, I got a nice letter from John Mueller and a long letter from Mr. Kraft. I’m so tired and weary but I want try and write to you about it this evening but will do so later. In one of your letters which I received today, you expressed my convictions fully concerning the establishing of a mission under North Shore. Personally, I feel they are not spiritually prepared for such a venture. If they cannot find enough workers and teachers to have young people sponsors and teachers for Sunday School classes, how can they ever expect to work on the things which are essential to the success of the mission. Of course I may be a little too critical, but I’m almost inclined to think of North Shore Baptist Church as the Church of Laodicea. Honestly, I feel that church will not go further until it goes deeper. It is true they have a lot of motion, but they have very little movement spiritually. Rather than seeking a major in quantity, they ought to be endeavoring to improve upon the quality. Darling, by careful observation, since being in the service I’ve learned many things and that from watching men of all shades of faith and I’m convinced;  we got to get away from this idea of entertaining our people and specialize in training them instead. I so wish we could talk this thing over together, it’s just really hard to write things and then wait for almost a month to know what the other thinks.

  What a day this has been;  I’ve been rushed since the very minute I got up. I called early at the wards and then left for Seoul to try and pick up some mail and purchase the money orders for some of the men.  By the time I got all those things done and returned to the hospital it was time for dinner. After dinner, I delivered the mail and money orders to the various wards and then I came up here to my office for the long series of interruptions that begin and just ended about 5 minutes ago. Don’t misunderstand me, I’m not complaining, but it is a little trying at times. I didn’t get to study my message for tomorrow morning as I would like so I’m going to forget about it now and try to get a good night’s rest and get up early and go over it again.

  It has been very very cold today and the problem of heating has been a little trying. I’m sitting here typing this letter with a coat on. Under existing circumstances, I feel the Army is doing a good job. After all, the Army is now being blamed for a lot of inefficiencies and lack of a policy in our State Department; and I haven’t forgotten how certain individuals who were called Nazi and fascist-minded when they sought to do something about that policy when our former president was alive. Any student of political science knows that you do not or can not formulate a State Department Policy in a week or even a number of months. After all, policies are formed so you can build on something substantial. It is like Mr. Underwood told me (he is General Lerch’s advisor;  so appointed by the State Department in Washington), and as you know, General Lerch is now Military Governor of Korea. “ If you think the Army is fouled up you should see the State Department.”  All things considered, I think the Army has done a pretty good job here in Korea when you consider the fact that no one to this very hour has ever explained the 38th parallel. Let’s forget it, we can talk better about it when I’m home.

  Darling, it was good to hear that those clothes which I sent home came out so well after being washed by the laundry. I’m sorry they were so soiled but it was impossible to do good washing on Okinawa.

  From what you told me in your letter, you must have had a good visit with Marjorie Wells. It must be pretty hard for her to think about moving, but maybe Paul will be able to be home by then, here’s hoping so anyway. I suppose she has her hands full taking care of two children.

  I know that Charlie and Marion must be very thankful that Charlie didn’t have to leave for the Army. It is also good to know that he now has a job where he can be home every night with the family. I’m hoping that he has a good steady job now.

  Darling, you were wondering what Division I’m under now. I’m not under a Division anymore. I’m now under the 24th Corps and ASCOM 24. ASCOM means Army SERVICE command;  in other words, they are responsible for the supplies of all the forces in Korea. A Corps is the next immediate echelon above a Division. However, in some special set ups, they have a Brigade, but that is never outside a service forces such as Ordinance, Quartermaster or Engineer. For instance, we did have one Engineer Special Brigade here but that has been deactivated now. In Europe, I understand they had a number of them and it seems they specialized in setting up port facilities and after they were completed the Port Battalions took over.

  By the way Darling, in one of your letters today you were wondering if I needed any razor blades. I do not, I still have quite a few of those you purchased for me before leaving the States. I’m hoping I won’t have to use many more before I see you, Lover. Sweetheart, it is so late and I’m so tired I must say good night. God bless you Lover in all things.

 Always just yours Beloved

 in Christ’s love,

  Willis

 Colossians 3:3

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