July 24, 1946

Seoul, Korea

24 July 1946

Dearest Darling Sweetheart:

It was certainly disappointing to say the least when I found out that no mail came in at all today for anyone. Again, it was terribly hot and clear almost all day. It has been clear for 4 days now, I don’t understand how come they cannot get mail into us now with good flying weather like we are having. Well, be that as it may, let me assure you my Darling, that I do love you much more than ever I have before. By the way, in my letter of last evening, I failed to mention the fact that it was 29 full months ago that I saw the West Coast for the last time. Today begins my 30th month of overseas service. There is only one other officer who I know who has that much time and he is a regular Army officer. Alrik is the closest to me in overseas service and he only has 23 months. That is among other branches as well as the Chaplain Corps. Everyone is always surprised when they find out how long I have been overseas.

Soldiers receiving mail.

  I hate to say this again, but as before, today was very much routine and I’m pretty weary. That heat has been terrific. I’m writing this letter following our midweek service. There were only 16 in attendance this evening. I spoke on this theme, “Did you rest well last night?”  My scripture was Mark 1:32-39. The key verse being 35.

  We had a very hard ball game this evening and playing it in the heat was not easy for I pitched against a very tough team. The final score was 7 to 4 in our favor. It so happened that I got the hit that drove in the run which put our team in the lead. For some reason or other, I haven’t been hitting as well as I did there for a while.

  You will probably be interested to know that they were out here to see me again about teaching at Seoul University. This time they informed me that they would like me to set up courses of religion as I would like and that they would like to have me as one of the advisors to the President of the University. It would be the same salary $6,400 a year with our home on the University campus. It would be a real opportunity, but Darling, for some reason or other it doesn’t in any way make me feel we ought to consider it. If I would accept the chance of being on the board and adviser to the president that would $7,200 but there are some things about it which doesn’t appeal to me even though I have been recommended for the job. One of the things which I’m afraid of is there seems to be some political involvement which I don’t care for at all. When I return home I will tell you about it and I think you will understand. Most important, it doesn’t in any way strike me as of the Lord’s will and that is the most important as far as we are concerned, isn’t it, Dear? I would rather have a little church or mission somewhere where we would have to work on the side and make ends meet and know within my heart it would be the Lor’s will. Of course, it would be a lot of prestige with such a job and there would be a real opportunity to witness for Christ, but UNO and Army politics would have a lot to say when it comes right to real action in a lot of things.

  Well, Beloved, it is almost time for them to pick up the mail, so I had better close and drop this letter in the box. God bless you and the folks in all things. Hoping it won’t be too long until I can see you.

 I’m forever just yours in Christ’s love,

 Willis

 Colossians 3:3 

One thought on “July 24, 1946

  • John T Reed
    July 24, 2020, 2:52 am

    “The final score was 7 to 4 in our favor. It so happened that I got the hit that drove in the run which put our team in the lead. ”
    Once again I say, Willis Reed: MVP! 🙂

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