March 29, 1946

Kunsan, Korea

29 March 1946

Dearest Darling Lover:

Well Darling, if you noted the name at the top of this letter you will note that it wasn’t Seoul which I have been using almost consistently since my arrival in Korea. This is the story, Chaplain Minor, Martin and I were up in early this morning. I didn’t mention but yesterday afternoon our hospital was quarantined for scarlet fever, mumps and measles. No gatherings of any kind are allowed in the hospital, such as movies, not religious services and classes so that means there is very little for me to do now until the quarantine is lifted. As they were getting ready to go, Earl said out of the clear blue sky, “Now that you have a chance, why don’t you come along with me for a couple of days?” I hesitated for some time but Earl begged me to go and see the Colonel and see what he thought. So I did and he said it would be all right; I was rather surprised. I wasn’t too much interested in going because I have several things I wanted to catch up on and I thought this was the chance to do so. However, Earl said he thought it would be good for me to have a change for a few days. This is the first time I’ve taken off since I arrived in Korea on September 8th. He gave me from  0900 this morning until 1700  5 p.m.) Monday, April 1st. I want to get started back very early Monday morning, for there is some rough road along the way. According to my speedometer on the Jeep, it is 194 miles from Seoul to Kunsan. We left the hospital at exactly 9 o’clock and arrived here shortly after 6 PM. The heavy rain we had surely made some stretches of the road very bad.

It gradually cleared off and this evening the sun went down leaving behind a clear sky. Even though the sun was out a good share of the day it still remained rather cool. Along the way we noted many men, women and children working in the fields. Some farmers were plowing with their oxen and crude plows. Many are rethatching the roofs of their homes preparatory to the spring rains. I wish you could have been along for I think you would have enjoyed the trip even though the road was unbearably rough and rutted in some places.

  There was really some beautiful scenery in several places along the way. Most all of Korea I’ve seen is very rough and mountainous. The people surely take advantage of every bit of land. They never let any of it go to waste. They utilize land here which we would call wasteland in the USA.

  When we arrived here Earl found that he had a lot of mail so he is in the process of reading all his new mail now. We were too late to get anything to eat so we made a little coffee and had a few crackers and cheese. Darling, I’m so very lonesome for some of your good cooking. And maybe it won’t be too long now.

  Sweetheart, it is getting very late and I’m pretty tired from that long drive so I will close for tonight. God bless you Dearest in all things, and remember, I love you much more than ever.

 I am forever just yours in Christ’s love,

 Willis

 Colossians 3:3 

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