25 July 1946
Dearest Darling Sweetheart:
It was certainly wonderful to have your good letters of July 14th and 15th. These were such good letters and helped me to no end. It is going to be so very wonderful to be with you again and not have to wait so long for letters. Your letter of the 15th was one in answer to the one I wrote to you expressing what I felt about you accepting the job at Northern. As you said in your letter, it is certainly hard to make such decisions when you have to wait days on end it for an answer. Now I am very anxiously awaiting your next letters to find out what Dr. Koller said, etc. This uncertainty is indeed trying to say the least, and I have no way even thinking of making plans because of the raw deal I’ve received here in the Army and Korea. I’m just praying and hoping that whatever comes out of this thing maybe to the honor and glory of our Lord Jesus Christ. I’m still missing your letters of July 4th and 12th. The one of the fourth must have been miss sent that is for sure for it is long overdue. Besides your letters, I received a very lovely letter from Mrs. Sims thanking us for the brass vases which we sent to her in appreciation of all she did for my work with the soldiers. Also, a nice letter from Thelma Huff, a Red Cross worker who used to be here at our hospital. She returned to the States about 3 months ago. She enclosed several snapshots which she took here in Korea. That was certainly very nice and thoughtful of her, I’ll send them along a few at a time in my letters. A nice letter from Joe Travers thanking us for the picture you sent from us for their wedding. And a nice letter from John Muller. Of course, all of them are very much surprised that I’m still stuck over here in Korea, so am I but I’m so hoping it won’t be much longer. Darling, I know it must be very hard upon you to continually be asked why I’m not coming home and I can easily understand that someone thinks I had elected to stay over here, but let me remind you to inform them that we in Korea are at the end of the Army line and those who come from other commands and the Korean command soon find out, and admit, that we are getting the worst of things here. As I’ve said before, it is so involved and messed up and it would take pages to explain it to you, and then you would probably still be in the dark, so that is why I’m going to refrain from trying to explain it all to you in a letter.
It has been another very hot and humid day, but thank the Lord, about the middle of the afternoon a little breeze started to move and that helps. Last night was absolutely the worst night for heat I’ve endured since being in Korea. I didn’t receive very much sleep, and as a result, awakened this morning with a very bad headache. By noon it had disappeared and I’m so hoping that I’ll be able to get a better night’s sleep tonight.
A few moments ago I received a telephone call but for the life of me, I couldn’t hear who it was talking on the other end. We had a very poor connection. I have a feeling that it was Bloomquist, and of course, I cannot be sure. Of course, he will probably be stuck here until the next shift comes in. And of course, I know for sure now that I will not receive orders until sometime after the 1st of August at the very earliest.
By the way Darling, one of the officers here at the hospital takes pictures and does all his own developing. Last night for the game he took a picture of me warming up for our game and also one of the officers’ team for which I pitch. I’m sure that you will know that they printed the picture backwards, making it look like I’m right-handed. It’s too bad he didn’t back a little further so it wouldn’t have cut my arm off. Well, I must close, in a few minutes it’ll be time for Bible class. God bless you and the folks in all things.
Yours forever alone in Christ’s love,