March 20, 1945

20 March 1945

My Beloved Darling:

Well Darling, at last we’ve reached our destination. We flew a good long way. The whole trip was interesting and we saw many unusual things. Someday I’ll tell you all about it. The cloud formations on our flight today were very beautiful. I know you would have enjoyed seeing them. One cannot help but marvel at the beauty of our Lord’s handiwork. 

There are many things I know would be of interest to you but they must remain unsaid now. While in flight today I read I Peter in the Goodspeed translation. (Censored). It makes me think of you, Dear. I shall never be able to thank God enough for all you are to me. Your life and love are a constant source of joy and inspiration to me. A man could never hope for more in a life companion in Our Master’s glorious work. Ever since the first time I saw you, you have inspired and challenged me to be nothing less than my best for Christ. Darling, thank you for being such a good wife to me. I only hope I can be helpful to you, Darling. Isn’t it grand to be coworkers and fellow laborers with Christ?

Willis Reed leading chapel service while on the island of Hawaii. January 1945.

Dear, while on my way here I had the privilege of seeing my old schoolmate and friend Chaplain Gilbert Johnstone. As I said before, he is a mighty fine chaplain and the kind we need. By the way, he gave me his wife’s address which is Mrs. Gilbert Johnstone, 7709 Monroe St., Forest Park, Illinois. You will be able to find her phone number by looking under the above address. I have never met his wife, but through another friend I have heard some mighty fine things about her. They have a fine baby, Gilbert showed me several pictures. We both thought it would be nice for you to get together sometime. He has been overseas just a little longer than I have been.

I suppose you are having a little better weather now after such a hard winter. It is certainly nice weather here. From now on address on my mail, “7th Infantry Division, APO 7, c/o Postmaster, San Francisco, California.” I will send you the specific unit later. Well Darling, I must close for now. God bless you and the folks, and remember, I love you more than ever I have before.

Yours alone in the love of our Lord

 and Savior Jesus Christ.


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