November 30, 1945

Seoul, Korea

30 November 1945

Sarah, My Beloved Darling:

This has certainly been a banner day for me as far as mail is concerned. I found seven letters from you, they were for November 11th, 13th, 16th, 17th, 18th, 19th and the letter with the grand note from Timete. Lover, words are not adequate in any sense of the word when it comes to trying to tell you just how much those letters did for me. Just the sight of all those wonderful letters of yours thrilled me and made me feel much better. Besides your letters, I received letters from the following friends:  Louise Davis (card written while on their trip to Oklahoma), Mrs. Powell, (Mrs. Powell’s letter is beautiful, as soon as I can answer it I’ll send it on for you to read), John Stroo, Auntie Skaggs (be sure to give her my deepest love), Vivian Schaefer, Mr. and Mrs. Ricketts, Delores Nelson, Betty Weiskopf, Bob Peterson and several other official communications. I’m certainly behind in my letter writing now that this big bunch of them has just come in. For about a week now it was all I could do to write you a letter, let alone any others. Perhaps next week I’ll be able to get started on them.

Sarah Reed with her Diamond. Chief and Mom in the background. 1945.

  By the way, while I think about it be sure to put Bob Peterson and his wife on our Christmas card list. I cannot remember whether I included them on our list or not. They are expecting around the 15th of December. I know they must be happy. I can well imagine how we might be feeling if we were looking forward to the arrival of our firstborn.

  It has been very cold today and tonight the wind is blowing, I am about freezing here in my room. I have my coat on but my fingers are just like ice. However, don’t misunderstand me, I’m not complaining for when I see how much we have and how very little the Korean people as a whole have I could never think of complaining. Honestly Lover, it makes me feel so badly inside when I hear men complaining about our food and certain facilities. When I see some of these people so thinly clad I cannot understand how they keep from freezing. Sweetheart, there are so many things I’m looking forward to talking over with you when I get back. Some things you cannot write about to satisfaction in letters because generally, you have to wait a month or more for a reply or response on the subject mentioned.

  I was up early this morning, and as usual, shaved in cold water. The water is cold, I just dread putting it on my face but still my old razor still does a pretty good job. Wesley Norman gave me that razor in June 1934 and I have used it ever since. If I remember correctly, it is the one his father used when living.

  Today being the last day of the month, it necessitated getting the monthly report ready. I didn’t work on it until I had my devotions and read Titus in the Goodspeed translation. It was about 11 o’clock when I finished the report so I called on some of the men. I want to become acquainted with as many men as possible and get the work underway here. I really believe there is a real opportunity here so I’m going to do my very best to get a program established and pray that we will be able to reach some of those who need Christ here.

  After having dinner, I immediately left here for the old 184th Infantry. I saw Paul Wells and also Don, but as yet his orders had not yet come through. I was back there when I found all the mail waiting for me. It really helped me so much. I didn’t have time to read it then because I had to go to Corp Headquarters and also the 7th Division Headquarters. That took quite some time but in all, I managed to get back here in time to get something to eat this evening. After supper, I came up to my room and read your precious letters as well as all the others. It took a long time and it is now very late and I’m quite cold so I think I’ll bring this letter to a close soon and crawl into my good old sleeping bag.

Lover, I think that was a grand idea of yours to send the National Geographic to Paul and Gen and Stan and Lee for a year. That is a very good gift I’m sure and I feel they will find it helpful. Dear, you are such a wonderful wife in every way and it means so much to know how you’re always thinking of nice things to do for others. I do love all of them so much and will be very happy to see Paul and Gen and those wonderful boys of theirs again.

  Goodnight Sweetheart and God bless you more than ever before. Be sure to give the folks my love.

 Only and forever just yours in

 Christ’s wonderful love,

 Willis

 Colossians 3:3 

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