Okinawa Shima – Ryukyu Islands
26 May 1945
My Beloved Darling Sweetheart:
If you could see me now you would have a hard time recognizing me, for I’m covered with mud clear up to my belt. It has been five days now since I’ve been dry and today is the sixth day since I’ve been able to shave. I’m certainly thankful the Lord has been with me so far. Dear, I know your prayer has certainly helped through these terrific days of fighting. I’ve helped carry over 20 different wounded men from the most treacherous terrain you can imagine. In some parties I have been in, three litter carriers have been injured with sniper fire. I cannot go into details now, but Darling, I’m so thankful unto the Lord for His protecting care. I’m sorry I didn’t get to write to you yesterday but it was entirely impossible. If you would have known or seen what we were going through you would certainly understand. Dear, after all this I believe we will be able to go through most anything together and weld all our experiences together as one fully consecrated couple in leading others to the salvation we have and know in Christ. Men, above all else, need Christ and how can they know except there be couples like us who will give all unreservedly.
In spite of the roar of battle, the things that go with it, I’ve thought of many things and I only wish you could know how many times I’ve thanked the Lord many times for such a wonderful Christian wife as you are. My feet are hurting quite a lot from having climbed one certain hard hill four times today. It makes it harder because my feet have been wet now constantly for four days. You know how your hands get after having them soaked in water for sometime? Well, my feet are like that and are quite sore.
I wish you could see where I’m writing this letter, it is under an overhanging bank. It is raining and my feet are in mud combat boot deep. This is really a tough campaign, I only hope it will soon be over.
Well my Beloved, I must close for now and may God bless you and the folks in all things.
Yours forever alone in the love of
Our Lord Jesus Christ,
I love you so very much my Dear.