June 5, 1945

Okinawa Shima – Ryukyu Islands

5 June 1945

My Beloved Darling:

In brief, this has been another miserable day of rain and mud. It wouldn’t be so bad if we could manage to keep dry. But the way it is we are constantly wet and covered with mud. The nights always seem so very long because being wet and covered with mud it is hard to rest well. And then we have the added menace of enemy snipers and infiltration. Even though we have had a moon it has done us very little good because of the solid overcast. We rounded up a lot of civilians early this morning. And by 8 o’clock the companies and our battalion were ready to push out. We moved forward and settled in our new overnight post by 4:30 this afternoon. We met only a few scattered snipers and enemy soldiers. We think they will try to make one more organized stand before we can completely capture the island of Okinawa. Road conditions and supply routes are getting so bad from so much rain that they brought our rations to us by plane and dropped them to us with parachute. We only had a few casualties today and none very serious. It is really hard to get men back under such weather conditions.

Map of the battle of Okinawa. June 4-11, 1945.

I would certainly like to have some of your back mail. It would help I know when you have to go through things like this we are going through now. If we could just get 10 good days I’m sure we could finish this thing. Every day since we came back into the fighting it has poured rain. Well Dear, it is about dark and I will try to write more to you tomorrow morning if possible.

 6 June 1945

It is just getting light now, and I have a few minutes before we jump off so I’m going to try to finish this letter. Under conditions like these it is harder to write a decent letter. At least it is breaking a little clear in the east. Here’s hoping we have a little sunshine for awhile today. It will be a great surprise if we do not have some rain by evening. In spite of everything, I did sleep pretty well last night and I feel good this morning.

I’m going to answer and make a few comments on your letter of May 8th. Yes, I have heard Dr. Stinson tell the story of how he helped to take care of the hungry German children and how they acted when the Germans invaded Norway. Knowing Turnbull as I do, I’m glad you have had the privilege of having him in New Testament for awhile. He is certainly is a fine Christian man. Dr. Mantey, Turnbull and I had a very good time when we returned from the State Convention when it was held at Mattoon, Illinois. Dr. McDonald was also with us. I don’t believe you ever met Dr. McDonald. I don’t mean Dr. A.M. McDonald, Superintendent of Chicago.  It is certainly good to have fellowship with such men.

Well Dear, it is about time to pull out so I must close. God bless you Lover in all things.

Yours alone in Christ’s love,

Willis

Colossians 3:3

P.S. You see from the last part of this letter that I didn’t get to finish this before it started to rain.

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