Okinawa Shima – Ryukyu Islands
10 July 1945
Sarah, My Dearest Darling:
I have just finished reading your two grand letters of June 29th and July 1st. Don very graciously walked over here with your letters. I only wish you could know how glad I was to read the letters, they helped me even though I’m still a little weak and wobbly. Besides your letters, I had a letter from Wallace Connell of the 98th, Mrs. Elsie Pierce, Dolores Nelson, Major Mason’s wife and the North Shore Baptist and Guide. Helen Beaumont wrote a note on the Guide telling me she kept up on my whereabouts and activity through you. I also forgot to mention the fact that Mom wrote a very nice letter from the lake, it was dated June 27th, and from what she said, Kenyon and the Chief have been doing very well by themselves as fishermen. Poor Mom and Jen have the endless job of frying the blue gills. But Dear, little Mom said to see him happy and enjoying himself helped her no end. Such news of their trip is indeed gratifying and I’m more than happy for all of them. Jimmy and Johnny each wrote, “Hello Willis,” on the bottom of the letter and signed their name.
Of course I found in your letter of the 29th that you received the roses okay. Mom is certainly grand to help me in that way, I only wish I could do something to help her. I wanted one rose for each month. I wish there were some wonderful way that I could make you realize how much I do love you and just what a great place and change you have made in my life. I hope it won’t be too long until I can give my roses to you in person and seal the gift with a hug and a kiss.
I enjoyed the pictures which were enclosed in your letter of July 1st. However, the one of all of you was very much blurred. I suppose Margaret had high heels on but I was surprised to see that she is a little taller than Bob. I only have three pictures now of Margaret and it seems she looks different in each picture. I believe you said Bob had to report back to duty today. I know it must have been hard for them to part. Perhaps he will not have to go overseas.
I must try and catch up on some of your back letters. This evening I shall begin with your letter of June 8th. I cannot imagine just how thrilled Mom must have been to see those letters to Bob marked, “Returning to the United States.”
That was some anemic reply you received from Evans, the religious editor of the Tribune. If I remember correctly, Carl Henry told us in his journalism class that he was pretty weak on the religious side.
Sweetheart, you said you wonder how I stand some things such as we have to go through under combat. In plain words, “You got to take it or else.” I stayed in a small foxhole with another man during an artillery barrage for almost an hour and it was raining and the foxhole was partially full of water and we had to wait until darkness to get back to our own aid station. I think you can see what I mean when I say, “There’s no other choice.”
In your letter of June 9th you told me all about Ruth Bell and Don William’s wedding. It must have been a fine and impressive wedding. Glad you got to see Lydia Bond again. She is such a good Christian girl.
Well Dear, I would like to write you a longer letter but I’m a little weary and must lay back down. I have so many many letters to answer, I don’t know when I will ever get them answered. God bless you, my Dear. Give the folks my love.
Yours and so glad to be in the love
Of Christ Jesus our Lord,