June 8, 1945

Okinawa Shima – Ryukyu Islands

8 June 1945

Dearest Darling Sweetheart:

I’m pretty weary and tired but we have a few moments now so I’m going to take advantage of this time and write you a few lines in answers to some of your back letters. As yet, I haven’t received any of your back letters and I am certainly lonesome for them after all that we’ve gone through the last few days. We had a rather rough time last night. But none of us were injured. Fortunately, we didn’t have any wounded to evacuate.

Willis’ father (Earl) and brother (Don). Circa 1930.

I’m going to start with your letter of May 9th. I’m glad you liked the pictures from Coronet. I thought you would like them, that’s why I sent them to you. I’m glad to know you have heard from my father. I haven’t received a letter from him since March 9th. I don’t know why I haven’t heard for so long. I wish my father would realize the fact that he shouldn’t try to do heavy work. Every letter I have written to him I have asked him to please be careful and avoid all heavy lifting. Darling, I was glad to hear that you received my picture back from the Chief of Chaplains. And I’m glad you got an extra glossy print in return. You are correct about Mike Ewako, he was the one we went to get over at Taft Hall when we went to hear Hyman Appleman. I don’t quite understand the Towanda Church affair. According to what Bertha told me in her last letter, they are both serving the church. Ewako as assistant pastor. I’m glad to know things seem to be going well down there. I haven’t heard from Horace and Pauline for quite some time now. I’m hoping to hear some time soon.

It is good to know the Chief is taking such a great interest in church work. I only wish Dr. Wilson would be a little stronger on a real consecrated spiritual plane. I’m so very thankful to God for His goodness in answering our prayer concerning the folks. It certainly means a lot to me to know of their interest. I do hope our lives together will help them.

I’m glad you liked Dr. Stiansen, I always thought you would. And if you go to school this fall you will probably be able to take some seminar work under him. I would like to be able to get home around the first of the year, but I think that is too much to hope for right now.

Mom’s devotional was probably very good even though she was frightened in giving it. That is certainly a real step in the right direction for her. It will be easier the next time now. I can remember when she told me that she would never be able to talk before others.

Early Morning June 9, 1945

Dearest Darling:

Much has happened since I was interrupted and unable to finish this letter. The best however was the arrival of some letters from you. They were for April 3rd (at last it arrived), May 11th-12th-17th-21st and 25th. Sweetheart, besides all that wonderful cheer and joy from you, we were taken out of the front lines for Regimental and Division reserve. We certainly need it after all our men have gone through. With the exception of the last two days, we have fought not alone the enemy, but the worst weather and terrain conditions you can imagine. It is almost unbelievable the ground and the great advances our regiment has made under such conditions. Whenever I went up to help bring a wounded man back from under fire, I always carried a box of rations, a 5 gallon can of water or ammunition. Everything the men had to have was carried up on their backs and shoulders. I certainly hope this good weather continues for a few more days, and if it does, we will soon have the island secure. And if they do very well we’ll probably not have to go back into the fighting again. With the bad weather we have had this last time, it made our stretch of frontal line duty doubly long.

Darling, I also got two beautiful letters from dear little Mom. She is surely sweet and I love her so very much. No son could ever have a sweeter mom and one who means more than she does to me. Besides those letters, I got these others from: Bob Peterson, Marguerite Simonian, Dad, Betty Weiskopf, Scheus, Don and Verla, Nettie and other official mail. By the way Dear, I’ll leave it up to you to take care of getting Mom a nice birthday present from us. Well Darling, I will have to close for now. God bless you in all things. Give the folks my love.

Yours forever alone, and so very glad

To be, in Christ’s love,

Willis

Colossians 3:3

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