May 24, 1945

Okinawa Shima – Ryukyu Islands

Late – 24 May 1945

My Beloved Darling:

I’m so very tired I can hardly keep going but I do want to take enough time to tell you that I’m all right. Since long before daylight I have been busy helping with the wounded. I made four different trips with litter teams to rescue men under sniper, machine gun and mortar. It is certainly difficult to see a man very much at the mercy of the enemy and no way to try and get out of enemy fire. All you can do under conditions like these is try to stay concealed as much as possible, and proceed to the place where the man is. I cannot help but think how I would feel under the same conditions and that’s why want to do best to see them come back.

Willis during the midst of combat. It was on May 23rd when his actions earned him the bronze star.

Last night I had an experience which I’ll never forget as long as I live, it had to do with getting 12 wounded men back from enemy territory under the cover of darkness. I cannot go into lengthy details now, but 42 got those 12 and not a one of us was hurt. I heard every one of those men say they knew God was with us. I realize from experience the mighty power of prayer. While we were going through that experience, in spite of the tough terrain, I could not help but know you were praying for us out here, and besides you, as have I, committed our lives to God for His highest willingness.

Thank goodness by mid morning it cleared and we had sunshine. It was hard getting the men but it was better than rain. I’ll bet I didn’t get one full hour sleep last night. I’ll not go into details because I find no reason to complain in spite of everything. Darling, I’ve missed hearing from you but I know there are letters on the way. Well Dear, I will write more to you tomorrow morning if possible, be sure to give the folks my love and thank them for their prayer. I love you more than ever, Darling.

Yours now and forever in the

Love of Christ Jesus,

Willis

Colossians 3:3

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