June 17, 1946

Seoul, Korea

17 June 1946

Dearest Darling Sweetheart:

Well, I just finished with my evening meal and I want to try and finish this letter to you before time for our Bible class. This has been a long long trying day for me for several reasons. It was terrible not to have mail from you today. I had so hoped that there would be mail but not one bit came in. And while I’m telling you the bad news I might as well tell you the rest of it right now and get it over with. As things are now, I’m almost sure not to be able to leave here before July 15th at the earliest. I found out that much today Darling, and I know I couldn’t have felt worse if someone would have beaten me until I couldn’t stand up. I know it is a poor attitude and weakness on my part but I had to spend most of the afternoon up here in the office because I know I wouldn’t have been able to talk to those I would see as I ought. There is no pain so hard to bare or so cutting as the one which wrought about because of the separation from the one you love most of all. Any extension of time just hurts me until I can hardly stand it. This Army is the biggest fouled up affair I have ever seen in all my life and it is because of the incompetents who are in some strategic places. Remember, as soon as I know anything for sure as to my departure I’ll send you a cable that I’m coming and you can figure about 1 month from that date before I’ll be able to be there with you.

  Counting my terminal leave time I’m certainly going to be in the Army a long way over three years. 35 months ago today I was on the train speeding for Boston and the school at Harvard. That is entirely too long to be separated from the dearest one in all this world. My Dear, there are no words which mortal can use that would be adequate to describe to you what you mean to me. Thank you my all, for being such a good Christian wife. 

Jeanette Mason with an old Korean man. 1946.

After calling some of the wards this morning, I came back up here to the office and started to do some more reading and studying. I started to make some notes and plan for my message for the midweek service and for the Youth for Christ meeting this Saturday night in Seoul. Just before dinner, I managed to have my hair cut, it was really necessary. After our dinner hour is when I found out the sad news, and as a result, I have felt very badly. Jeanette and all the nurses due to go home are to leave Korea around the 26th or 28th of this month. I’ll be sure to let you know the exact date when they go. For I’m hoping she will be able to stay with you as did Audrey. I’m sure you will like her. She is a fine Christian girl and it will mean a lot to her to know you.

  It has been cloudy all day, so I suppose there were no planes in and that will mean our chances for mail tomorrow are very poor. I do hope that some planes come through because it will be terrible to have to be without mail tomorrow also. I was interrupted several times during the day with men coming in so naturally, that took time.

  Darling, it is good to know that you were finally able to buy yourself a couple more pairs of shoes. I do hope that they will fit all right and that you won’t have trouble with them. From what you said in your letter, the dress which Mom bought must have been very pretty. I got a kick out of the fact that you took the things over to the Chief’s office for him to carry home. Chief, the old packhorse.

  The chair which Mom bought sounded like it must be a good one. I’m glad she likes going to a second-hand store so much. As you said, if they don’t want the chair, perhaps we can take it off their hands. If it is nice a chair as you say it is, it is certainly worth $12. As you said, it will probably be best for us to buy second-hand furniture and cover, for I do know this new furniture isn’t very good.

  I can imagine that there were very much disappointed at North Shore when they found out that they did not receive the “A” award, but after all, there are far more important things than that. Well, Beloved, it is almost time for Bible class so I must close. God bless you and the folks in all things.

 I’m always just yours Dear, in Christ’s love,

 Willis

 Colossians 3:3

One thought on “June 17, 1946

  • John T Reed
    June 17, 2020, 3:00 am

    “This Army is the biggest fouled up affair I have ever seen in all my life and it is because of the incompetents who are in some strategic places.”

    Ouch! Quite the burn from Willis there…

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