June 3, 1945

Okinawa Shima – Ryukyu Islands

3 June 1945

Sarah, My Beloved Darling:

This has really been a long tiresome day, we have had rain as well as making a great advance. I’m very glad for that; we didn’t have hardly any enemy opposition. Which of course means we had very few casualties. I managed to sandwich in two services during the day. It is very difficult to do anything when you are on the move under weather conditions like these.

Okinawan civilian and a Marine. May 1945.

This afternoon I helped with some civilians. My heart certainly aches for them, they have been living in caves and crevices for so long that they look very tired and dirty. A lot things I’ve read speak of them as dirty and untidy. But if we had been living in caves in constant fear of the enemy, as well as artillery, mortar and small arms fire, we too might be dirty and a bit untidy. It is very easy to make statements but it is another question when other things are taken into consideration.

I know I’ve walked at least 12 miles in this mud to get to various units. As a result I’m quite tired. However, I’m glad because I have managed to keep my feet dry so far today. It always helps a lot to have your feet dry. If things continue as they did for us today, we ought to be able to finish this campaign in the near future. Mud and so much rain certainly hold back our advances. Well Dear, I will close because darkness is closing in. God bless you and the folks in all things. 

Yours now and forever in the love of Christ Jesus.

Willis

Colossians 3:3

P.S. Enclosed find four letters, two from Paul, Connie and Louise.

One thought on “June 3, 1945

  • Dan Reed
    June 3, 2019, 6:21 am

    “This afternoon I helped with some civilians. My heart certainly aches for them, they have been living in caves and crevices for so long that they look very tired and dirty. A lot things I’ve read speak of them as dirty and untidy. But if we had been living in caves in constant fear of the enemy, as well as artillery, mortar and small arms fire, we too might be dirty and a bit untidy. It is very easy to make statements but it is another question when other things are taken into consideration.”

    Dad’s compassion for the people of Okinawa is certainly evident.

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