May 30, 1945

Okinawa Shima – Ryukyu Islands

30 May 1945

My Beloved Darling:

It will soon be dark but I have just returned from carrying a man back from under enemy fire. When we go up to get men that way, we use four men to carry the litter. And even then the rough terrain with so much mud is almost enough to exhaust the men completely. To get this one man we had to be so careful to not be observed by the enemy that we fell down and at least a half a dozen times.

10th Army soldiers carrying a wounded native of Okinawa. 1945.

We had five men to carry away from the front today and we are so tired we can hardly move; it wouldn’t be so bad if we could roll up in our poncho and foxhole for the night and know that we wouldn’t be called out in the blackness of night to rescue another wounded. Some of our litter bearers were injured today but I thank the Lord I wasn’t hit. Thank you Darling for your abiding and comforting prayer. Someday I will tell you about a harrowing experience I had late this afternoon. Just after writing to you this morning about the pictures I managed to take enough time to shave. I had not been able to shave for 10 days. I also managed to get some fresh water to wash my teeth. By fresh I mean pure. I have been using dental floss right along through because it is not hard to carry in your pocket.

Many things have happened and I’m again weary. We didn’t see the sun again today and it rained intermittently. I had hoped they might bring some mail up here to the front for us today but no such luck.

God bless you My Lover and give the folks my love.

Yours alone in Christ love,


Colossians 3:3

Thursday Morning

31 May 1945

Dearest Darling:

Very little sleep last night because we had another man very seriously injured during the night. It took us over four hours to get him from that rugged hill. By the time we got an ambulance it was beginning to break day. I love you, Dear.

God bless you and the folks.

Yours alone in Christ’s love,


P.S. Enclosed you will find more pictures.

One thought on “May 30, 1945

  • Caroline Schoch
    May 30, 2019, 7:43 am

    WOW! A lot of our Reed family has no idea of what Willis did in the war. It is interesting to learn of what his war experience was. God had a special purpose for him.

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