May 31, 1945

Okinawa Shima – Ryukyu Islands

31 May 1945

My Beloved Darling:

Well, one of the men just handed me three letters, one was yours of May 23rd and the other two were from Jack and Bertha. The mail has certainly been messed up since we came back up here to the front. I’m missing a whole lot of your back letters but I suppose they will catch up eventually. Your letter of April 3rd is still missing. I’m almost sure it must be lost for good now.

Willis finally all cleaned up! May 1945.

We were ordered to hold fast today so I got a jeep and went back to the rear to see our men in the hospital. I wrote six different letters for injured men and then took enough time to take a good bath from head to foot. At the hospital the supply man gave me a complete new outfit including everything but my steel helmet. My feet had been wet for eight days and they have certainly been skinned and bruised from all I have been helping the men to do in carrying back the wounded. My feet feel much better tonight because they are dry and the shoes are new. The sun shone a good share of the day and it was a treat after so many days of downpour.

I spent most of my time taking care of more letters of condolence until time to get a snack to eat. Before I started this letter to you I wrote a letter to my father and enclosed one each of the pictures Major Wilhelm gave me.

By the way, it’s clouding up again so I suppose we will have more rain. Darling, your letter was certainly a wonderful lift to me. Also enclosed in that letter was the picture Kentucky gave you. In spite of the hectic night we had last night, I didn’t feel too tired today. About midnight we received an emergency call to get a wounded man. In the downpour and the blackness of the night it took us four hours and five minutes to safely get him back here. You can easily see we had very little rest last night. We were also soaked completely.

Dear, it is getting very dark so I’ll have to close for tonight. Bless you My Lover.

Just yours forever in Christ’s love,

Willis

Colossians 3:3

2 thoughts on “May 31, 1945

  • John T Reed
    May 31, 2019, 3:28 am

    “My feet had been wet for eight days and they have certainly been skinned and bruised from all I have been helping the men to do in carrying back the wounded.” Yow! His feet must’ve been shriveled up like prunes…

  • James Ham
    June 10, 2019, 6:31 am

    I have compiled a military scrap book on LT. Col. Willis Reed. Richard Jolitz provided me with the artifacts to create the scrapbook. I happened upon your page while doing some research. If you would like to contact me about my creation, you may. I hope to provide you with helpful information toward your family genealogy.

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