July 11, 1945

Okinawa Shima – Ryukyu Islands

11 July 1945

Sarah, My Dearest Darling:

All day I have been reminded of our parting just 18 months ago. Long shall I remember that good talk we had together in that front bedroom together. And my Dear, if that is possible, I mean it more than I did then. There is something so precious about it all because each passing moment only makes more hallowed those blessed hours together. Often I remember and think of the last time we kneeled there in each other’s arms and prayed to Him who loved us so. Such memories and thoughts have done more to fortify me for these trying days than you will ever know. Every day with you (as yours, even the though separated by thousands of miles) is sweeter than the day before. From the moment we met until this very hour you have filled my life with nothing less than heaven wrought joy. Actually, our hardships are trials, are and have been minor, but even in those I can say, “Thank you, Lord,” because your love, devotion and companionship are just as sure as the Word which has been revealed unto men in Christ Jesus our Lord. As I’ve so often said to me, you are and always will be one with the love of God which I have experienced in and through our purchased salvation. There are many things which transcend human expression, but this I know, you are always and will be to me a living foretaste of the joy which heaven must be composed. In brief, Dear, God has most wonderfully and fully blessed me in a life and love as precious and challenging as yours. Again, thank you for being such a wonderful Christian wife.

7th infantry Division soldiers of the US 10th Army swam into Yonabaru on the coast of Okinawa.

I suppose you were very busy with Vacation Church School today. I thought of you a lot today and your work. I have been praying much for you and all the teachers. I’m anxious to start getting some of your letters concerning the second and the last week. As you say, I’m so concerned that it be to the glory of God and our Lord Jesus Christ. Such work is such a mighty challenge to me. Our hope for the future is in the youth. I’m so earnestly concerned about praying for leaders in that particular field. When I think of those who are in our church schools and how poorly we trained them. Dear, let us earnestly pray for consecrated Sunday school teachers and young people leaders. Please pray for me, for I want above all else to be rid of sin and selfishness. Above all else, I want to be a servant to all men regardless of their background or color of skin. Remember, the apostle Paul’s heart cry, “All things to all men.” And, “I press on toward the mark of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.”

Early this morning the Catholic chaplain of our regiment came in to see me and shortly after he left three more men out of my outfit came to see me. It is always good to see your men when you are not feeling so well. And then who should walk in but my old friend Lieut. White who used to be in the 98th Division. He came to our regiment to see me and Paul Wells came over with him. We visited until almost noon and had a good time talking over experiences and old times and friends.

By the way, I failed to mention the fact that I got up and fully dressed this morning and really feel fine. Of course, I’m still a little weak but I am eager to get going. There is so much to do and so little time to do it in that I want to make every moment count. I had all my meals at the mess hall today.

After dinner I wrote some letters. I want to catch up on my letter writing. Between interruptions I managed to write to the following people: my dad, Connie and Mae, Harry Allens, Dave Fleckenstein, (Phyllis’s boyfriend), Harold and Buena, and Bob and Lois Peterson. Don came in the middle of the afternoon and brought me one letter from Betty Riley and a Lexington Unit Journal. We talked for a while. He said quite a few have been asking for me. He also said he misses me and that goes for me also. I’m so thankful to God for such a fine Christian assistant as he is. It is a real pleasure to work with a young man like him.

This evening two different men came to see me about problems which were bothering them. After I helped them out, I started your letter but shortly after I started it, a man asked me a question about the Bible which led into a long discussion about what it means to be a Christian. The whole ward was involved and I earnestly pray that it will help some of the men.

Well Dear, I wanted to answer some of your back letters but it is too late to do so now because they are going to turn the lights out. God bless you Sweetheart in all things and be sure to give the folks my deepest love.

Just yours forever in the love of Christ Jesus

Our Lord and Savior,

Willis

Colossians 3:3

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