November 24, 1945

Seoul, Korea

24 November 1945

Sarah, My Dearest Darling Sweetheart:

This has been a mixed-up day from the beginning to end, but I will not go into detail now. This kind of day is the kind that makes things extremely hard to bear. And then to top things off, I didn’t hear from you. For some reason or other, the mail service has been extremely poor since the early part of the week. In that tomorrow is Sunday I don’t know whether or not they will be able to get any mail through to us. It has really been cold today and probably will get colder tonight.

Willis Reed and Paul Wells after the baptisms on July 29th.

  This day began very early when we were awakened with fire sirens and speeding vehicles. The buildings where our 3rd Battalion was quartered caught on fire early this morning (around 4  o clock) and burned to the ground destroying almost everything they had. Chaplain Wells lost almost everything he had except what few clothes he could grab when running out of the building. In these kinds of buildings, I have always been afraid of just that thing. Fortunately, nobody was injured or lost in getting out of the buildings. The wood was dry, and naturally, it practically burned like paper. And then there was a fairly strong wind.

  This entire morning was ruined because something came up entirely unexpected but I’ll tell you more about it later. This afternoon I spent quite a while getting the program ready for services tomorrow. And then I tried to study but I only got started when Chaplain Wells came in and try to help and with some things and made arrangements for him to sleep over here with us. His entire battalion is moving back to this area. All the men moved in this afternoon.

  After supper, I came over and studied for Bible class and then we had our class covering the entire 16th chapter of John. There were twenty men in attendance this evening. We had a very good time singing choruses in the first part of the service.

   I wanted to start this letter as soon as Bible class was over this evening but a fellow came over here to see me so I talked to him for over an hour so it is rather late and your little tweetheart is very very tired, to say the least. As soon as I finish this letter I’m going to go over and go to bed and try to be fully rested for tomorrow’s services.

  According to your letter of October 28th, you had a very nice visit with Vivian Schaefer, Norma Wheeler and Bernice Robertson. I would certainly like to see all of those fine young people again. I was surprised and very glad to hear that Edwin Sparks is already out of the Army. I was surely sorry to hear what Norma had to say about Reverend Dollar. But for some time I’ve surmised such as she said. I’ve followed the Lexington Unit-Journal closely and find that a few things are therein quite obvious.

It is good to know that Mrs. Hans has taken an interest in helping you with the work with the Juniors. Perhaps she will be able to help you control them and inspire in them real interest.

  I know that Bill Hill must be happy now that he is back in the States and that he won’t have to come back overseas. From the looks of things, I’ve just been in the wrong places all the time. But I pray and hope that I won’t have to be over here as long as it looks like I might have to be now. There are several chaplains who have left here already and another leaving tomorrow who has not been overseas near as long as I have but he has three children and another two children so you see it’s pretty hard to make up all those points when they allow them 12 points for each child.

   Sweetheart, I’m sorry you had all that trouble getting the large picture but I love this little picture very much and I’m praying and hoping that it won’t be too long until I will be able to be home and see the big picture.

  It is good to know that you finally got the last volume of Latourette’s History of the Christian Church. I’m hoping someday to read it all through. And I’m glad you were able to order the Webster’s Dictionary through Field’s, from what you said I think you were very wise in buying the India Paper Edition. I think such a book will be helpful to both of us.

  Sweetheart, that is all for tonight. God bless you richly in all things Beloved, and remember, I love you more than ever. Be sure to give the folks my deepest love.

 Forever just yours in Christ’s love,

 Willis

 Colossians 3:3

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