November 5, 1945

Seoul, Korea

5 November 1945

Dearest Darling Sweetheart:

I could hardly believe my eyes tonight when I found that there were two more letters here for me from you. There were you are as of October 25th and 26th. Now that’s what I call real service and it almost seems too good to be true. I’m not going to expect too much but I do hope that it does come through better than it did there for a while. As always, your letters helped me very much and refueled me for this evening and until the next letters arrived. I also got a nice letter from Elizabeth Riley. She tried to calling you on two different occasions. If all goes as planned, she is to be married in December sometime. As soon as I answer her letter I will send it on for you to read. I also got a good letter from my father and Beverly and Doris Reed, the daughters of Ralph and Gladys wrote a letter which my father enclosed. Gladys was operated for a goiter and at the time Beverly was doing the housework and going to school. She is now in the 8th grade. She really wrote a beautiful letter for a girl of her years. As soon as I answer their letters I will send them on to you to read. There was another letter from Louise Davis and also a letter from the mother of a soldier killed in the battle of Okinawa.

  Darling, so much has happened today that I will not go into full detail to tell you all things because it would take far too long. Shortly after arriving down here at the Chaplain’s office, the guard at the entrance of our Regimental Headquarters came in to tell me that someone was at the gate to see me. (No one is allowed to enter this area unless they are a part of the unit or have a pass).  As I walked out to the gate I recognized him as Rody Huyn (Kraft’s friend) from a picture I saw of him in their home yesterday. I shook hands with him, and sure enough, it was Rody.  He came down here to see me and we visited briefly and he urged me to come to his home Thursday evening for dinner. Normally I have Bible class that evening, but there is one very fine young Christian man in our class that I’m going to ask to lead the class that evening. Dr. Underwood is to be at Rody’s home that evening also and that is the main reason he wanted me to be there. Dr. Underwood was president of the college and returned to the States just before the war began. As soon as the war was over, he was sent by the US State Department to be the advisor to the Military Governor of Korea. I believe I told you before that Major General A.V. Arnold, our old Division Commander, was made the Military Governor.

  Immediately following that I had to leave here for the Corps Headquarters for an important meeting. By the time the meeting was over and I could get back here it was time for dinner. We had another good dinner today, roast beef, gravy, potatoes and coffee. It seems too good to be true. Undoubtedly the ships which brought in the new men must have brought us quite a few supplies, for our food has certainly been better the last 4 or 5 days.

  This afternoon we received our pay and I drew $25 in cash and the rest is being sent home to you by government check. We were paid this time for the months of September and October. The check you receive should amount to $237.10, so be on the lookout for it, Darling.

  There were several men in to see me this afternoon about problems. It seems each week will bring a new case the like of which I have never run into before. Some of them certainly makes me feel badly, to say the least.

Willis and Sarah at the church in Lexington.

In between the cases, I did get a little studying done and also wrote a letter to Mr. and Mrs. Ray H. Ricketts of Lexington, Illinois. Their son Myron was drowned in Austria the later part of July. Jean Claggett wrote and told me about it. Mrs. Ricketts is Mrs. Garrett’s sister. I think you met Myron that time you stayed with the Garretts when you came down to Lexington. He was a fine Christian, full of pep, nice looking and had red hair. I wrote them a letter expressing our sympathy and also enclosed a copy of, “When Young Men Die.”

  After coming over from supper I had intended on studying for a little while and then write some letters. I wrote a letter to Grandma Norman by hand and then typed off a note to Edith and Wesley. After that, I started a letter to the Hollys when two soldiers came in to see me about trouble. That took a long time and as a result it is very late. I finished the Hollys letter and now I’m writing to the one I will always only truly love. Sweetheart, I just wish you knew how good it is to have a good Christian wife like you are to me in every way.

  It is so good to know that Margie is getting better. I hope that by the time this letter reaches you that she will be back to full strength and that all will be going well. I’m sorry to hear that she lost her job, but under the conditions, she describes I think she ought to thank the Lord that she is out of such a setup. If that other woman is such a worker of trouble, it is no telling what she might do if she caused some very serious trouble and Margie was still working there. Under such circumstances, I can’t help but believe that it is for the best.

  I would like to try and answer some of your back letters but I’m so tired and weary I think I will say goodnight and see if I can do better tomorrow evening. God bless you my Dear in all things and be sure to convey my love to the folks.

 Ever just yours in Christ’s love,

 Your tweetheart,

  Willis

 Colossians 3:3

 P.S. Enclosed find the Hollys letter. You are so very sweet and I love you more than ever.

Your “Willie”

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