8 March 1945
Sarah, My Beloved Darling:
It would be impossible to try and remember how many times I thought of you today. I will be so happy that we can be together again and not have to worry about seeing each other and talking as we used to do. Darling, those times we used to talk together mean so very much now. Often I think of some occasion when we talked about things dear to our heart.
I got up about 7 o’clock this morning and started a fire in the fireplace. It was really cold in here. Captain Wilson and Major Ender stayed in bed until the fire was going good, then they came out by the fireplace and dressed. As soon I shaved we went over and had our breakfast. I came back to the quarters for a while and later we played horseshoe. We took the bus from here at 10 o’clock for Hilo. We arrived down there at a little after 11 o’clock. We walked around for a while, then we went to an eating place and each of us had a nice Porterhouse steak. You know they have the famous Parker Ranch here on this island. The cattle they raise are excellent. (They raise Herfords or “white faces”.) We also had French fried potatoes and a nice large dish of lettuce and tomatoes. We also had nice fresh milk. It all cost $1.80 but it was worth it. I forgot to mention nice tomato soup with toasted bread squares and a chocolate sundae. The steak was really delicious. I only wish you could have had one with me.
As soon as we had dinner we went to a bowling alley. Captain Wilson and Major Ender are lovers of bowling and have bowled a lot. So they said they would teach me. I bowled a few games but not many. We bowled four games. My highest game was 182, and you know what? My average for the four games was higher than either of theirs. They have been teasing me since, accusing me of being a good bowler and just trying to lead them on. After we finished bowling we were going to look around some in Hilo but it was pouring down rain and we were unable to do much. However Captain Wilson and Major Ender got their hair cut while I stayed at the bus station. While reading, a soldier came up to me and introduced himself telling me he will never forget the impressive communion service I had at the P.O.E. before coming overseas. You know, it means a lot to have a man remember you that long and tell you that he likes to hear a chaplain with such convictions.
Eventually the bus arrived so we had our ride back here. It rained a good share of the way back here. As soon as we arrived here I brought wood in from our woodbox and fixed the fire in our fireplace. I also piled enough in here for tomorrow morning.
We had a good supper and while Captain Wilson in Major Ender played ping-pong, I came back to our quarters and did some reading. I also wrote a birthday letter to Dr. Mantey. His birthday is the 17th of March. I also wrote a letter to the folks.
While downtown today I bought a set of 30 good snapshots. I will send them to you right away so you will have an idea what things look like out here. This morning I sent you a very nice book of Hawaiian flowers in natural color. It is really beautiful. Any one of them would be suitable for framing. Dear, I sent it to you by airmail. Hoping that it might receive better care that way. It cost $3.75 and $1.68 Air Mail postage. I hope you like it, Dear.
Darling, I love you so very very much. God bless you Dear in all things.
Only yours forever in the love of
Christ Jesus our Lord,
P.S. By the way, the clouds cleared away from the summit of Mauna Kea, (13,825 feet) today and we could also see Mauna Loa (13,675) which is closer to our camp.