January 5, 1945

January 5, 1945

Sarah, My Beloved Darling:

I have thought of you many times today, and of course I could not help but think about being together this time last year. I will certainly be grateful unto the Lord when we can be together again, this being apart is so very very hard. 

An explosion at sea that Willis photographed while on Christmas Island.

Early this morning I went out with some more soldiers on specialized training. It was very interesting and well done. I want to be able to know as much as possible tactically so when we going to combat I can be of help to those men I am assigned to. It rained for a while and of course all of us got a good soaking. While it was pouring rain where we were, you could see the sun shining on other peaks. I know you would enjoy hearing the various echoes off the walls of the canyon as the artillery and mortar shells exploded. The walls of the great canyons are just like mighty sounding boards.

After dinner I left to call on more men in the hospital. The hospitals are so very large hear that you spend a lot of time walking from ward to ward trying to find the various men of our outfit. I wish I could tell you some of my experiences in this connection. It was rather late when we got back here, but I had dinner with the officers from another company that were out late on some other specialized training. 

After supper I visited with several different soldiers. I happened to run into a soldier from Granite City, Illinois. We talked for a long long time. He told me some things that made his heart very heavy. His wife has been untrue. That is all I’ll say for now. Such things only make me realize more than ever how good our Lord has been in giving me a wonderful Christian wife like you, Dear. I am so very thankful that we are each other’s forever no matter what may happen. I will surely be glad when we start getting some more mail. I am so lonesome to hear from you. It seems ages since I last heard from you. Darling, it is very late and I am so tired I’d better close and try to get a good nights rest. God bless you, Darling. 

Always and forever yours in the Love of Christ,

Willis

Colossians 3:3

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