19 May 1946
Dearest Darling Sweetheart
It was certainly wonderful to have two more of your letters today. They were yours of May 8th and 9th. I’ve just finished reading them the third time and they are better than ever, but Lover, to be with you again is going to be the most wonderful thing I can imagine. There were several other letters also, they were from Harold and Buena Zude, Dolores, Louise Davis, Joe Travers, Audrey, and two other letters concerning men who have been patients in our hospital.
I was up very early this morning and came over here to the office to meditate and go over my sermon several times. There were many things on my heart and I really wanted to make the sermon count this morning. After having had my breakfast, I called in on some of the wards before time for my service at 10 o’clock. There were around 100 in the service this morning. And Beloved, I really felt the power and the presence of the Lord during the service. Thank you for your prayer and I know it helped to ungird me as I sought to be used as His messenger. A number of individuals have told me how helpful the message was to them. I will not go into detail concerning the message. You will remember the title and theme of the message from the bulletin which I enclosed in last night’s letter to you.
Following the service, a number of the men came up here to my office for a visit and talk over things concerning the service. By that time, dinner was ready so I hastened over there and had a good time with Lt. Eady and several others who ate at our table. Following the dinner, I came back up here to the office and visited until time for our ballgame at 3 o’clock. We lost this afternoon by a score of 7 to 4. We should have never lost the game, but some of our men made some very costly errors and as a result, the opposing team scored four unearned runs. In three times at bat, I only got one hit. However, during the game, even though we lost I managed to strike out several men. I truly hope that I will soon be leaving, I will miss the team but the sooner I leave here the better I will feel.
After the game, I had just enough time to take a shower before supper and while over at the evening meal, Captain Knight and Lt. Eady nailed me and told me in that I wasn’t taking care of the evening service this evening that I should go with them into Seoul and attend the USO show at the XXIV theatre. I didn’t think I ought to go because Chaplain Martin may get some funny ideas. However, they insisted, and finally, at last, I told them that I honestly I didn’t care to attend his service. I went with them and now I’m really glad I did for it was very good and really worthwhile. First, they had a very good man playing an accordion, they also had a good tap dancer, a very good juggler and acrobat, a ventriloquist, the famous Champion ping pong player from Chicago and the Pacific coast champ and the King Sisters. The thing I like most about the show was the fact that it was kept clean throughout and all of it was very good entertainment. That was the first time I had ever been in the theater since my arrival here in Korea and I landed with the first troops to come ashore. Captain Knight and Lt. Eady informed me that it was about time I took a break and took it little easier. They said I ought to coast the rest of the way out, that is of my service over here in Korea.
Well, I talked to Dennis about the service which Chaplain Martin had this evening and from what he told me, it was his usual type. No more shall be said for now. By the way Darling, I’m sorry this letter is late for the 9 o’clock pick up but I think you will understand.
It was really a beautiful day today, you would have enjoyed it very much and it would be very good to have been together. I know it must be nice back in Chicago around this time of year. Perhaps we will be able to have some nice walks together in the not-too-distant future. That will be such a good privilege.
Darling, the talk with Mr. Kraft gave concerning young children sounded very interesting, and from what you said in your letter, I’m sure it must have been very helpful and inspiring to all those who were there. Well Beloved, it is so late and I’m so tired that I must close for tonight. God bless you richly in all things, Dear.
Yours forever and always in Christ’s eternal love,