May 15, 1945

Okinawa Shima – Ryukyu Islands

15 May 1945

My Beloved Darling Sweetheart:

I want to write this before it gets too dark, for it is hard to write at night when the wind keeps blowing the candle and then there is the possibility of flash reds which means air raids. I have just finished reading mail which came in for me. However, there were no letters from you. I had hoped there would be some mail from you. The letters I received this evening were from Freddie Romer, Dr. Winfield Edson, Raymond Cox and two from Donald McClintock.

The letters from Don were concerning the fact that the 98th had approved Don’s transfer; and he was waiting for further developments. I certainly hope he soon arrives here because I can surely use him. Don is very anxious to come. Freddie Romer is one of the men back in my old division. The letter from Dr. Edson speaks for itself. As soon as I answer those letters I’ll mail them on to you to read.

It rained until almost noon and then it cleared off and it has really been a grand afternoon except for the sticky mud. We have just had a beautiful sunset, I have been watching the sun slip behind the ridge and eventually into the East China Sea.

Willis Reed with his Aunt Cornelia (left), Grandmother Mabel (on his right) and his mother Mildred (on the right of the picture. Photo taken around 1933-34 in Chicago.

For a while this morning I studied and then wrote a v-mail letter to my grandmother and Roy String. The rest of the morning I spent visiting around and seeking to get acquainted with as many men as possible before we return to the front lines. There are a lot of things I would like to talk to you about but it is impossible to do so satisfactorily in a letter. I’m really glad for the privilege of serving in this regiment. I feel some things can be accomplished, at least I’m going to do my very best. Shortly after dinner Paul Wells came by and we spent a good share of the time visiting among the men. It is a real treat to have a few days rest. We also walked up to several high points to look over the island. This is really a beautiful place. I know you would really enjoy the beauty. Our bay out here is certainly beautiful and is a most impressive site from a vantage point like this. By the way, when we were over in Paul’s area he showed me a late Northern which Margaret sent him, it was the one which contained the article about the natives giving the money for Northern. I was glad to see the article. By the way, I failed to tell you that I got a very nice v-mail letter from Wayne Soliday.

I’m going to make a few comments on your letter of May 2nd. I’m sorry to hear that the weather has been so cool. I had hoped that you folks back there would have had a nice spring. You know the trees which we gave to Jack and Bertha should have started producing this year, but with such cool weather so late I’m afraid the blossoms will be frosted and ruined. I can just hear Stiansen talking about, “Lizzie.” That man is certainly gifted and such a wonderful Christian man.

I’m certainly sorry to hear about Mrs. Gudge barging in on Gen and Paul the way she did, I as you feel she needs Christ. She is her own worst enemy. She realizes and knows she needs something and is so desperate in her attempt to get it that she imagines herself as being physically out of condition: whereas her condition is a condition of the heart. It seems there is something in her life which she is seeking to cover up. From several things Paul has told me that would be my conclusion. I remember hearing Rev. Swanson sometime or other, if I remember correctly it was in chapel. Dr. Stiansen knows him as well as Ola Anderson of Assan and I remember him mentioning them several times during our course in missions. It is certainly a privilege to know such a wonderful servant of the Lord.

If I can find out Watson Woodall and Grant Hamilton’s address I will try to look them up when we have secured the island. The same goes for Tom Beaumont. There are so many thousands of men here it is impossible to find a man unless you know his organization.

Thank you for enclosing the article on, “The Road to Serfdom.” It was a very very good and I agree with him fully. Please don’t worry about sending Reader’s Digest to me. I generally see them after two or three months and that is sufficient. I don’t like to have to carry so much around. It is bad enough as it is. Under combat this way it is a constant problem to keep a hold of your things. By the way, enclosed in this letter you will find letters from Roy String and my grandmother. It is so dark I must close for now. God bless you Beloved in all things. I love you more every passing day.

Yours forever I am in the love of

Our Lord Jesus Christ,

Willis

Colossians 3:3

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