Okinawa Shima – Ryukyu Islands
9 June 1945
My Beloved Darling Wife:
We moved to an area where we will rest for a few days and we are all hoping things go well enough in the next few days for the others so we won’t have to go back into the fighting. I never realized how tired I was until about 4 o’clock this afternoon after I got my pup tent up and had a moment to rest. At 9 o’clock this morning I had services for one of our battalions. There were around 125 in attendance which isn’t bad considering all that was going on.
Several men wanted to see me about some things this morning so that took a good share of the morning. However, I had a few minutes before we were to moved to this area so I took advantage of the opportunity and got off a short letter to Mom and the Chief. By the way, when I say move in the Infantry, that generally means walking to your new location. If you have to move a long way they may move you by truck convoy part of the way; but you always walk the last few miles to the front. That is because of the danger of enemy artillery zeroing in on concentrations of men.
It was nice and clear until about 4 o’clock this afternoon but now we have a solid overcast. I’m almost sure we will probably have some more rain for which I am sorry for, in all probability that will slow up our finishing up this campaign.
Darling, your letter of April 3rd was very good even though it was old. No matter how old or how many times I’ve read your letter, they are always a great help and blessing to me. I cannot possibly express to you in any way how much they mean to me.
I’m going to continue this letter by answering and making comments on your letter of April 3rd. Darling, you need not ever worry about being a joy and blessing to me; as I said it to the folks today and I mean it with all my heart and life, you are the greatest blessing and Christian wife any man could ever hope to have. The monthly Bible group program in chapel sounded very good, and from what you said, I know it must have been very impressive and I know I would have enjoyed such a program.
I’m certainly sorry to hear about Bob Spratlin and Ralph. I was also surprised to hear that Kinzer is going to go into the Navy as a chaplain. Knowing him as I do, I will make no comment but I’m sure you know how I feel about the whole thing.
Willis completed this letter the next day. The end of the letter will be posted tomorrow.