March 28, 1946

Seoul, Korea

28 March 1946

Sarah, My Beloved Darling:

This has really been some day, it started raining last night and has been raining steadily ever since. And at sundown this evening there wasn’t the least bit of indication that it might clear up during the night. As a result, Chaplain Minor and Martin stayed here and are hoping to get away early tomorrow morning if possible. They have an open Jeep and they have over 150 miles to go, so you can see why they stayed and hoped for a better day tomorrow. And as you know, the roads here in Korea are not very good even at their very best.

  You will be happy to know that I received another letter from you today. It was your letter for February 27th. I checked back through my letters this evening and this is how they line up now. I have mail as late as the 18th of March from you and I find now that I am still missing your letter of February 11th, 12th, 13th, 14th, 15th, and March 13th, 14th and 15th. I managed to re-read some of your letters over again and they helped me more than you will ever fully realize. I also received a letter from Chaplain Schreyer who left here in December. He was telling me how good it was to be with his wife again. As soon as I answer his letter I’ll send it on to you to read for I think you will enjoy reading his letter.

Willis with friends he met while in Korea. 1946.

  I was busy the entire morning calling on various patients and then several problem cases came up and naturally that took time. Following our dinner, I came back here to my office with the intention and hope of getting some of my back letters answered. I had just started a letter when Reverend and Mrs. Cha came in through all the mud and rain. They visited for over 2 hours, and naturally, that took up a great portion of the afternoon. I managed to finish Dolores’ letter and then I was called in on another problem case. Chaplain Jaegar also called me about a certain situation concerning a certain chaplain. By that time, it was time to eat our evening meal. We had our evening’s meal and since that time we have been visiting.

  I’m writing this letter now because I’m pretty tired and I do want to get a good night’s sleep because they will want to get away early tomorrow morning. In your letter which I received today (February 27th), you mentioned the fact that Ray Perry is after you to take over as dean of the Vacation Church School, and you are wondering what I thought of the idea. Well Dear, as I think about it, I believe it would be a good idea for you to do so and it would give us just that much more experience which will be helpful to us in our own church. Things are still somewhat uncertain about my coming home. But offhand I have a feeling it might be in June sometime. Perhaps sometime after the 15th. I may be wrong but I have a feeling that I will be able to be there for our fourth wedding anniversary. And Darling, if I do get back then I would be glad to help with the school myself just to get back into the swing of such work. And then we could probably spend the month of August on a trip or vacation that we’ll plan out together after I get back there. If you do take over as dean, you can assure Ray that I will be more than glad to assist in any way if I’m there and I have a feeling that I might be there with you then. What do you think you, Beloved? Really I’m anxious to get in touch with young people again and that may be a good way to do so.

  Another thing which has been on my mind quite a bit is what we are going to do about a car? A car is going to be a very important thing because we will probably be doing a quite a lot of traveling. And I would like to have something for us to take our trip and vacation with. Undoubtedly, we are going to need a car a lot in years to come and with the price of second-hand cars so terribly high and so old, it would surely be a poor investment and in the long run would probably cost us a lot more in the long run. I wish you would talk it over pro and con with the Chief and Mom and see what they think about the whole thing. Cars are probably going to be pretty hard to get for about a year so we ought to let Bo Helbling know if we are going to plan on obtaining one. So we won’t have to wait too long. This business of talking things over by long-distance letters which take a month to find out what the other thing thinks is very unsatisfactory and trying at times. See if you can find out what the price of a four door Master Chevrolet will sell for, that is fully equipped and perhaps from that you and I can plan and think more clearly. Perhaps Bob will be able to find that out for you, as interested as he is in cars he will probably be glad to do it for you. As soon as you find out what they will sell for, tell me your ideas along with the folks and then perhaps we can plan a little better in the light of our savings.

  Sweetheart, I’m enclosing in this letter a group of pictures which my friend Corporal Arnold Hodak took with his camera. As you will note, the pictures were printed on very poor printing paper, but they are pictures and I know they help. I’ve written on the back what they are. The one of me is very poor. Lover, I must close now and may God bless you and remember I love you much more than ever, and if my feelings are leading me astray, I don’t think it will be more than about 90 more days until we are to be together. I’m praying that it will be soon for I’m so lonesome for you and I mean that with all my heart. Be sure to give the folks my love.

 Forever just yours in Christ’s love,


 Colossians 3:3 

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