November 14, 1945

Seoul, Korea

14 November 1945

Dearest Darling Sweetheart:

It is rather late and I’m very tired after this long tiresome day. We left so early this morning, even before sunrise. It was cloudy most of the day and very cold riding in the Jeep to the various outposts. The roads are really rough and riding in the backseat of a Jeep doesn’t help any either. I don’t think it would have taken much for us to have had snow today.

Korean children 1945.

At Pyong-Teg I had a service at 12:45 and there were 9 men in attendance. Chaplain Phillips and I had dinner with the group at Pyong-Teg. He had his Mass at 11:30 because they have to fast four hours before their mass now and can only have one every day except in the case of an emergency. He will have his Mass here for the men immediately following Reville in the morning. I had my service for the men this evening. There were twenty-five in attendance. I used the same message which I had used at Regimental Headquarters last Sunday evening.

  As soon as we eat our breakfast in the morning, we will head back for Seoul and Regimental Headquarters. We called on several of the outposts today, and of course, that consumed a lot of time. Some of their guard posts are in the same very lonesome baron spots.

  Darling, I took my new camera along today hoping to be able to take some pictures, but it was so dark and cloudy all day that I didn’t want to chance spoiling any of the film. I saw several things which I would have liked to take pictures of but I’m sure there will be some more opportunities to take pictures when the sun is shining.

  All along our trip we could see the people making all kinds of preparations for the winter. Some were splitting wood, others hauling in wood from the mountains with the old bulls and their little wagons. Women and children were raking up twigs and leaves and making large bundles and carrying them into their humble homes on their heads. Others were threshing rice by treadle machine, others using the old flail and others by hands. Some were fanning and cleaning the chaff out of the rice.

  Of course the men in many places were placing another layer of rice straw on the house-tops along the way. We also noticed several new homes going up along the way. As would be expected, many of them are returning since we took over and of necessity they will need some place to live this winter.

  Honestly, I don’t know how some of the people keep warm. It is nothing to see little children running around almost naked. I don’t see how they keep from catching their death of cold.

  Just a few minutes ago, a soldier came to me about a dependency discharge. I took all the information and will see what I can do when I return to Regimental Headquarters.

  Darling, I’m very weary and tired so I think I will close for tonight. God bless you Beloved in all things.

 Forever just yours in Christ’s enduring love,

Willis

Colossians 3:3

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