November 6, 1945

Seoul, Korea

6 November 1945

Sarah, My Beloved Darling:

This has been another day which was crowded from early this morning until this very minute. I’m glad there is so much to do and so much happening, for that way it helps the time pass by that much more rapidly. It will be so good to be able to be with you again. Each day carries with it many problems and I do get pretty weary at times, but when I go to bed I can sleep and morning soon comes which only brings us closer together.

Willis Reed with his good friend Paul Wells.

  This morning I was interrupted several times to take care of situations which arose. Chaplain Wells came in to see Don and I for about half an hour, and as soon as I could get away, I went over to a place where one of the soldiers does barbering. It was do that or buy a violin case. Of course, he didn’t have to do anything on top but it was beginning to look like I was trying to grow ear muffs to keep my ears warm this winter.

  Having had my dinner I came back over here to the office and found that I had received a bunch of letters, they were from the following ones: Arthur Mitchell, Major Mason, Wallace Connell, Sergeant Visconti, Lieutenant Erb, and Sergeant Sample. It was certainly good to hear from those men, and as soon as I answer their letters I will send them on to you to read. We finally managed to make some arrangements for one of our outfits which is a long way from here. We are going to leave here by Jeep early tomorrow morning. I know it is going to be a long trying trip, but I want to do what I can for the men and let them know that we are interested in them even though they are scattered many miles from our headquarters.

  Chaplain Vogel’s replacement arrived today so he will be leaving very shortly for the States. He has enough points to leave now, he was certainly lucky to get a replacement so soon. That will probably be one of the big things that will hold up my return to the States. I’m not going to fret about it, I’ll just keep doing my best here until I am able to leave. Just before supper I had my devotions and read some in my Bible. I had supper and I came right back here and studied the whole of the 11th chapter of John before time for our Bible class. There were only fourteen in attendance this evening. We really had a wonderful time though. We studied up to the 46 verse and then went overtime about 20 minutes. Shortly after the service the Korean minister came here to the office and asked me if I would preach for them this coming Sunday morning at 11. He said the people like my other message and were wanting me to come back and preach for them on a Sunday morning. It will make a very full day, but if it is the Lord’s will I will be glad to do anything I can to encourage and help the people. We visited for a long time and as a result it is very late. I had wanted to answer several other letters this evening but it will be impossible now for I must get some rest, for I know tomorrow will be a long trying day to say the least. I do hope it is good weather for the long trip out there and back.

  Even though it is late I want to try and make a few comments on some of your letters, I don’t want to get too far behind. Won’t it be grand when we won’t have to depend on letters to know how we feel and what we have been doing? I know from experience in trying to write you that I cannot in any sense of the word express my feelings to you. There are so many things I have in my heart I want to talk to you about. All I have on my heart centers around two things (1)  how much I love you and what you mean to me in every way, and (2)  how much joy I find in serving Christ and that each day with Him is sweeter than the day before. However, remember it will be much more than twice as sweet when we can be together again.

  I’m glad to know they are starting a mixed young people’s class now at Buena with Dr. Lundquist as the teacher. He is a very good teacher so they ought to go places. I was surprised to hear that they had dropped the young people’s class at Buena.

  I’m glad to know just what Mr. Paul has been studying and he ought to make good work in that field. A man of his talents and ability ought to be ideal in such work. Don’t worry, I’ll never mention it to anyone. When does he plan on finishing his course? And will he have a job there at the Wesley Memorial Hospital?

  Lover, it is so late that I must say good night. God bless you and all things, Darling. Be sure to give  the folks my love.

 Yours alone for all time and

  Eternity because we are one

 in Christ’s love,

 Willis

 Colossians 3:3

 P.S. Enclosed find a picture one of the men took of Don and I on October 28th. It isn’t a very good picture but I thought you might like to see it. It isn’t good of Don at all. The Eisenhower jacket and trousers tend to make everyone look heavier than they really are. We are supposed to have our trousers in our combat boots. Don hasn’t been able to get his size yet so it necessitates his wearing of a regular GI shoe. I’ve gained about 5 pounds since leaving Okinawa but I still weigh about 15 pounds less than when I came overseas. I love you more than ever, Darling. 

One thought on “November 6, 1945

  • John T Reed
    November 6, 2019, 3:31 am

    “Of course, he didn’t have to do anything on top but it was beginning to look like I was trying to grow ear muffs to keep my ears warm this winter.” Boom! Another little zinger from Willis there 🙂

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