January 2, 1946
My Beloved Darling Sweetheart:
Finally, at last, some of your letters got through to me, they were yours of December 12th, 13th, 16th, 18th, 19th and 20th. That was really some banquet after having been without mail for so long. I’ve read all of them over twice and some of them I have read over the third time already. Your letters always helped me so very much and it is the next best thing to talking to you in that we are so many thousands of miles apart. Besides your letters, I got letters from the following people: Captain Wilson, Paul, Gen and Bob, a lovely birthday card from Jack and Bertha, a nice letter from Louise Davis and a lovely card (birthday), and a note from Mom and the Chief.
Most of my time this morning was taken up with calling on the various wards. I did manage to do some studying before time to eat. After dinner I devoted some time to study but was interrupted on several occasions by a men who wanted to see me. After having had my supper I came back here to my office and studied for our Bible class. They were only 11 in attendance this evening but we did have a good discussion on the first 11 verses of the second chapter of John. As soon as the class was over, I came back here to my office and was going to write this letter but there were two different men here to see me, so after taking care of their various problems I found that much time has slipped away and it is getting rather late and your Lover is very tired even though it would seem I’ve done very little or accomplished anything.
It has been quite cold all day, and shortly after noon, it started to snow and continued until about dark so we have a heavy layer of snow on everything now. By the way, around 4 o’clock Miss Mason came here to my office and told me that she knew where I could get something real nice for you. I won’t tell you any more now, for if I did, it would be giving you too much of a hint. I want you to be surprised. I will tell you this much though, it is from Shanghai, China and I have just finished wrapping it very well and the Lord willing I’m going to try and send it to you Air Mail tomorrow. I do hope it goes through in good shape and that it won’t take too long to reach you. Remember Lover, I send it with every bit of my love for you. It is such a blessed privilege to be your husband and co-partner in Christ’s great Kingdom work.
By the way, you asked in one of your letters what kind of building I sleep in. We officers and enlisted men all sleep in quonset houses. They are not too warm but really I find no reason to complain when I see how very little the Korean people have. All the nurses live in this main hospital building which is very nice. In the negatives I sent you the night before last you will note a couple of pictures of the main hospital building. The building we are using for the hospital headquarters is part of the old Keijo University, this particular part was the College of Mines and Technology. I’m going to try and get several more snapshots for you for I know you will enjoy seeing them.
From what you said in your letters today, I can see that it has been quite wintry back in the old, “Windy City.”
By the way, Chaplain Earl Minor is now in the hospital as a patient. He is from the 6th Division and graduated from William Jewell in 1942. In the course of a conversation I asked him about several I knew from the school and it so happens that he knows most of them. He knows Nona Tremain (Renfrow) really well, in fact, his wife and Nona’s former husband were close friends. He doesn’t know her present husband. Earl is a graduate of Southern Theological Seminary. He asked me to be sure and have you greet Nona for him. Earl’s condition is not serious, he is handsome kidney trouble and is in here for a routine check-up.
We were paid this afternoon and I drew about $27 in cash and had the rest sent to you by government check. The check should amount to $103. So be on the watch for it, and when it arrives be sure to let me know. You haven’t mentioned your allotment checks lately, have they been coming through all right? As things are right now, I don’t like to carry very much money around with me.
It was good to hear that one box which I sent to you on Okinawa finally reached you. I had begun to think that it was lost. I’m also quite concerned about the Japanese field glasses which I found during the battle of Okinawa. I will feel pretty badly if they don’t reach you for I had them cleared by G-2 and had a certificate of that fact packed in the box with them.
Bob and Margie were very fortunate to be able to get such a lovely bedroom suite for nothing. I do hope we will be able to get a nice dining room set, for we will need one if we go back to a church of our own.
Sweetheart, your little Willie is pretty tired and weary so I think I will close for tonight. God bless you richly in all things. I wove you more dan ever forever and ever (and I said it first and wast).
Always just yours in Christ’s