June 15, 1945

Okinawa Shima – Ryukyu Islands

15 June 1945

My Dearest Darling:

This has been another busy day. I spent the entire morning taking care of inquiries. I also wrote the v-mail letters to the Hollys, Gail, Captain Mason and Jeanne. This afternoon I did some more for the men. I also had a little time to do my devotional studying. This evening I spoke on, “When I’m weak, then I’m strong.” II Corinthians 12:1-10. There were only about 75 men in attendance this evening. That was good considering what had happened. Well Dear, I’m going to write more in the morning.

Early 16 June 1945

I wanted to be able to write more on this letter but just after I started a couple of men came to see me so it was impossible for me to write any more, for by the time they left it was dark. I didn’t sleep too well last night but I’m alright: there is a nice cool breeze blowing this morning and there is a low overcast. You know the kind where the clouds go racing along. Your letter of June 7th reached me last evening and I was certainly happy to have it. That was about the best time for receiving a letter from you. Yesterday afternoon our Catholic chaplain and I lined up all the services for tomorrow’s services. Late in the afternoon I stopped by the engineers, (my old outfit), and had a good visit with them. It was good to see them again. Their commanding officer, Major Wilhelm, is such a good officer; the kind you would like to see more of. He always treats every man alike regardless of whether he is an officer or an enlisted man. His men think a lot of him. The engineers are working hard on the road now.

Chaplains Wells, Reed and Holt.

I’m going to start with your letter of May 16th this morning. I know you are going to miss being able to see Gen and Paul as often as you did during the school year. It is certainly wonderful to have such good friends as are they. I am glad to know that Stan will not have to carry too heavy a schedule this coming year. I am so thankful to God for this blessing to them and their work at Morrison’s. I only hope their church continues to grow and that they will continue to reach more young people. Dear, I’m glad “The Shepherdess,” is such a good book. Remember, whenever you would like to have some good books do not hesitate to buy it.

Dear, as Dean of VCS you have a great responsibility, but I’m confident that you will be able to do well. The greatest problem I’m sure will be trying to get helpers and assistants. But I shall pray about it and hope all of you will be able to do much for the youth. As you say, it is distressing to know that in a large church like that it is so very hard to find leaders and individuals who are willing to serve.

From your description of the graduation exercises at Northern, they must have been wonderful. And I was glad to know they added Dr. Lee as commencement speaker. I had a feeling you would like him. He is a great pastor and has done a great work. He always has such a sense of greatness and holiness of God. I feel that one thing contributes very greatly to his effective and fruitful ministry. There is no comparison between Dr. Wilson and Dr. Lee. Dr. Lee is a more fully consecrated man and has always impressed me as much more dependent upon the Lord. I’ve heard Dr. Lee three or four times.

I’m glad you were able to see so many at the graduation and I’m also glad you got to meet Paul Allen’s wife. I agree with Mom when she says as far as she is concerned Dr. Wilson can leave any time. Personally, I think the longer he stays the worse it will be for NSBC, that is unless there is a great change in him. I met a man who knows him while at Portland, Oregon and he said at last it was the same way at White Temple. And now that Ralph Walker is there, the church is growing spiritually by leaps and bounds. I think you have heard Dr. Ralph Walker on two or three occasions.

By the way, Paul Wells found the negatives of those two pictures which I sent you an he gave them to me so I’m sending them on it to you in case you would like to have some more made. There is another negative of Chaplain Holt, Paul and I together. I hope you like them. Well Dear, I shall close for now. God bless you and the folks in all things.

I am yours in Christ’s love for as long as

Love endures,

Willis

Colossians 3:3

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