July 2, 1946

Seoul, Korea

2 July 1946

Dearest Darling Sweetheart:

  I don’t have very much time, but I’m going to try and have this letter finished before time for our Bible class this evening. The best part of this whole day was the arrival of your good letter of June 21st. Your letter of the 20th is still missing, but perhaps it will show up tomorrow. The only other mail which I received today was a nice letter from Mr. Mason (Major Mason’s father).  It was a very nice letter as are all of the letters he ever wrote to me.

Willis Reed with his Jeep in front of the Hospital. Spring 1946.

  This morning was very much routine such as calling in the wards and visiting with some of the patients. It started raining last night around 11 o’clock and has been raining almost continually ever since. Several times this afternoon it looked like it might clear up, but right now it looks like it might keep right on raining the rest of the night. After going to bed last night and naturally thinking about going home, (which is more than you can realize),  a thought came to me how I might be able to wrap the speaker so I could send it home to you by parcel post and not have to worry about it on the ship. I don’t know why I never thought of that before. First of all, I took it all apart and then took two old towels and a couple of my sweaters and wrapped the parts separately inside of the speaker. It is the shape of the thing which makes it so very hard to send and get it within the 100-inch allowance which they have for parcel post. The idea came to me having it wrapped just in the shape of the speaker;  and the first thing early this morning I measured it and found that it was just 6 inches below the limit by wrapping it that way. I got three old boxes (cardboard) and took them apart and then cut them out to fit around the speaker. It was rather hard to figure out how to tie it securely, but at last, I got it like I wanted it. You’ll understand how hard it was for me when you see it. It is certainly too bad I didn’t figure that out before so it could have been home with the rest of the outfit. After dinner, Dennis and I went into town to mail it to you. It will probably take around 6 weeks to reach you.

  It was after 3:30 when we arrived back here at the hospital and I hadn’t been in the office five minutes until two men came in to see me. After they left, another fellow came so you can see all my time was taken right up to the time for our evening meal. I was detained coming back from supper, as a result, I don’t have very much time to write this letter. In today’s letter you told me about the birthday dinner you had for Mom and Bob and from what you said it must have been very nice. I’m sure the folks will have a wonderful time on their fishing trip up into Michigan. I would have so enjoyed being there, but perhaps, the Lord willing, it won’t be too much longer until I’m able to leave for the good old USA.

  Beloved, I was certainly glad to know that the PA system came through in good shape and I know just how good it must have been to hear our fine records again. I can hardly wait until we can sit down together and hear them. I’m glad you liked the brass bowls and the little dishes, but I was sorry to hear that some of them were broken in shipment. By the way, inform Mom that so far I have been unable to find any brass candlesticks. Those little things which look like shaving brushes and made of bamboo are to stir tea. The first time I saw them I couldn’t think what they were either, but I really think they are quite clever.

  Beloved, it is good to know that the man who brings your parcel post is such a fine man. I could have a lot of those things brought along with me when I come, but for so long now I have had to carry a lot of things with me that when I come back to you I want to travel just as light as I possibly can.

  I’m glad that you had such a fine time at the Four Sqare Banquet. I would have enjoyed going. Be sure to thank the Howells on my behalf. I appreciate very much their kindness unto you in this time of our separation. It made me feel much better to know that Ann Nagel’s sister is better. I shall continue to remember her in prayer.

  I was very much interested in the comments you told me about in your letter concerning the BYF program on the communion service. We shall talk the whole thing over when I return, but from what you said in your letter it would appear from their remarks that they have had no training or what they had was very poor concerning the Lord’s Supper. It is certainly going to be wonderful to talk a lot of these things over with you when we are together again. There is no possible way to tell you how wonderful it is to have you for my wife and sweetheart.

  By the way, you can assure Auntie Scaggs that I do not like clapping or funny stories in a worship service. It always takes something away from the service. In spite of many confusing and annoying things in service during my experience as a Chaplain, I’ve never once seen men appear to be in any kind of a mood which would suggest clapping in a service. Well Beloved, I must close for now because in a very few moments we will begin our Bible class. God bless you and the folks in all things.

 Always just yours in Christ’s wonderful love,

 Willis

 Colossians 3:3

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