November 17, 1945

Seoul, Korea

17 November 1945

Sarah, My Beloved Darling Sweetheart:

I’m very tired tonight for some reason or other and would like to get a good night’s sleep but they are having an officer’s party with nurses in attendance, and they just received their liquor rations last week which amounted to 15 bottles to the officers so you can imagine the rest. There will probably be little sleep until the early hours of the morning. This has been one of those lulu  days when everything seems to go differently than you had hoped or planned. Try as I may, it seems there has been very little accomplished but I have been on the go since I got up this morning. Just before dinner I was made very happy with the arrival of your letter of November 1st. It was such a good letter and I have been looking forward to its arrival. I’ve already read it three times. Now I have every one of your letters up to the 5th of November. Tomorrow being Sunday, I can expect no mail but I will certainly be hoping for some more of your letters on Monday. I also got a nice letter from Paul and Gen. And also a fine letter from Mr Mason.

Koreans washing. 1945.

  Darling, this morning I managed to take enough time to type off the names and addresses of some of those I think we ought to send our Christmas letter to, there will probably be many others such as a lot of our friends at Buena but I’ll leave the rest up to you. If I should happen to think of more or others I will enclose them in later letters. In this letter I will enclose the two sheets of paper, I have typed on the back of one of the sheets of paper to save space and weight.

  Early this morning I finished the order of service for tomorrow’s services and then Don mimeographed them. I will enclose one in my letter of tomorrow evening. And then I had to do some more work on one of the problem cases which came up. After having had my dinner I came back here to the office  and started some more studying when in came another man to see me about a certain affair. That took time but I think we got it straightened out all right. I had supper and then came back over here and studied until time for Bible class. There were twenty-four men in attendance this evening and we finished the 14th chapter of John in the evening. We went over some time but it was worth it and all seemed to enjoy it.

 I came back over here and wrote a letter to Lieutenant Erb who is probably a civilian by now. I know he must be more than happy to see his wife and loved ones again. And then after answering his last letter I wrote to Paul and Gen. They are certainly wonderful Christians and I do love them so much and I am so very lonesome to see them again.

  It was a very beautiful cloudless day but it was very cold. I suppose it has started to get pretty cold back in old Chicago by now. Darling, please be very careful now in this wet and cold weather. I will certainly be glad when you don’t have to take those long rides out to the seminary anymore. It will be so good to ride along with you instead of having you go out there alone.

  Bob was certainly fortunate to get such a good price for the old Ford he had. To hear of such prices on cars it makes me shudder to think what they might charge a person for a good one. I hope that Lincoln which he bought doesn’t cost too much to repair it. I do hope that we will be able to get a good car when we get back, but we will have to wait and see.

  Tell dear Mom that I’ll be okay when I return and that I won’t be a worn-out wreck for you to take care of. I’ll do my very best not to cause the folks any trouble and we’ll try to find something for us to do as soon as possible so we won’t be a burden to the folks. I don’t want them to ever have to worry about us, so Darling, I assure you I’ll be okay. I do get pretty tired once in awhile but I’m going to do my very best to be prepared to carry right on when I return.

  The 40th Anniversary Sunday evening service which you described sounded very good and I know you must have enjoyed such a service. I will certainly in accord with what you said Mr. Kraft expressed in his message to the people of the church.

  My Dear, I’m so tired I think I will close for tonight. So God bless you and the folks in all things. I love you more tonight than ever I have before.

 Forever yours, Darling, in Him,


 Colossians 3:3

One thought on “November 17, 1945

  • John T Reed
    November 17, 2019, 3:41 am

    “Tell dear Mom that I’ll be okay when I return and that I won’t be a worn-out wreck for you to take care of. ” Point well taken–after all he’d been through, life in Chicago would be a breeze!

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