November 28, 1944

November 28, 1944

My Dearest Darling Sweetheart:

Well, another day has slipped by and I am so tired I can hardly hold my eyes open, but I do want to take a few minutes to let you know that I love you more than ever and have thanked the Lord for your wonderful love and devotion several times today. This has been one of those days when you have been on the go all the time, but try as you may, you cannot see that you’ve accomplished very much when you come to the time for rest.

I got up early this morning and wrote a letter to Chaplain Soliday who is with a medical battalion in France. You’ll remember he was one of my very good friends at Harvard. After having my breakfast, I came back to my quarters and work on some things for a while. Later, Captain Wilkinson and I went to the Air Base to see about a certain problem. We were there almost an hour, and just as we were leaving, a soldier stopped me a moment and asked if he could see me sometime. He was on duty at the time so I made arrangements to see him at 2:30 this afternoon. In brief, he is engaged to a Catholic girl and her mother wants him to become a Catholic if he marries the girl, and he says he cannot accept Catholicism. We talked the problem over for a good hour. I didn’t tell him what to do, but I presented all the possibilities that will result from various decisions. He seemed to be very much relieved and said he would let me know what he decides to do. With cases like that, I always seek to bring them out as to their convictions and then hope they will make their own decision, because a man is more liable to abide by a decision he makes.

Willis and his friend Wayne Soliday on their graduation day from Harvard Chaplain School, September 1943.

Right after dinner and prior to the time talking with the soldier, Raymond and I made up a box of coconuts to send home to you, we started it on its way to you when we went up to the Air Base. There are six coconuts in the box of various sizes. Too nice large ones, two smaller ones, one very small and one Raymond took the husk off of it so we could fill the box as full as possible.

You will also be interested to know that I mailed a necklace to Darlene and one to Buena Zude. When Captain Wilkinson and I were down to the village the other day, they gave me two more necklaces so I decided to send them to Darlene and Buena. I think they will like them. I would have sent one to Darlene when I sent one to Dolores but I only had one at the time. I hope they arrive in time for Christmas.

After supper, I came back to my quarters and did some more sorting and discarding, for the time is drawing nigh and I want to be ready. I can see that I’m going to have to send some more things on to you because I will not have the room to take them with me. As soon as I can decide what things they will be, I will start them on the way home to you, Dear.

I read your letters for November 16th and 17th over again and they were so very good, Dear. I love them more each time I read them, it means everything to me to be so sure and confident in your precious love. It means everything to know we are each other’s forever and that there will never be another. You mentioned the fact that some of the grades were low in the memory verse test, I imagine many of them were low because they did not study enough. I know when I was in his class many would let things slide more in his class because he thought he was good-natured and kind. I’m not so proud of my grades at Northern but I did my best under the circumstances. I always tried my best with the time I had for study.

Sweetheart, I loved what you said about “agape,” isn’t it beautiful? How can I ever forget our use of the word. Yes, Dear, I love you for the ages of the ages in the love of Christ Jesus. I only hope that I will be able to be partially worthy of your precious love.

I’m certainly sorry to know that Mom has been ill again. She ought to take things easier and then she might not be so susceptible to the flu or cold. Tell her that I can still see her going after the dirt. She is very sweet and I love her just the same, but Bob and I both want her to be in the best of health so tell her not to worry and take things a little easier. I am sure the Chief must have been happy to have a letter from the man for the cottage this coming summer. I suppose he’s counting little bluegills in his sleep already. I do hope all of us will be able to go fishing some day.

Tell Dale thanks for sending me the picture of the birthday cake that Gen’s little sister made. Tell Dale I think that was very thoughtful of him, and little things like that help to cheer us out here. So mom was wondering where the boy was from; his home was Ceres, California and he was 19 years old. I wrote a long letter to his parents.

Darling, I feel that you will come through your exam with flying colors. I know it is vague in many ways but you have the mental ability to carry you through. It means everything to me to have you to talk to, for you have such a good mind and have always been an inspiration to me. I suppose lots of times you wondered what I meant but you were always very sweet to discuss things with me anyhow. 

Sweetheart, I’m glad you like the pin, and I am glad that others like it also. Does Mom ever wear hers? It is so late and I am so tired I think I will close for now. I love you Darling, may God richly bless you in all things.

Just yours forever in the Love

Of the Lord Jesus Christ,

Willis

Colossians 3:3

P.S. I thought about you starting your second quarter today. I hope this quarter will be more enjoyable than ever and that the Lord will richly bless you and your studies.

P.S. Enclosed are the rest of the pictures of the memorial service.

One thought on “November 28, 1944

  • John T Reed
    November 28, 2018, 3:53 am

    “I suppose he’s counting little bluegills in his sleep already.” Another great little zinger from Willis! 🙂

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