October 12, 1944

October 12, 1944

Sarah, My Beloved Darling:

. Words will never be able to tell you how happy all of us were to have mail today. Sweetheart, your six letters were a feast to my hungry soul. Your letters were for September 27th  through October 2nd. I loved them very much and the joy that filled my heart when reading them is unspeakable. You are such a precious wife, I love you more each and every passing day. As long as I live I will never be able to thank God enough for you and your wonderful love. Whenever I read your letters, I always feel warm on the inside because you are in my heart. It means everything to me and to have a wife like you who is so very faithful and true.

This is one Columbus Day I will never forget. From early this morning until this very minute I have been on the go. More has happened this one day than happened in two weeks during other periods of my tour of duty down here. It so happens that it is after midnight now. But I dated this letter as yesterday and will write you another tomorrow night. There are a lot of things I would like to tell you but that is out for now. This morning early I had three cases to take care and in the meantime the Chief of Chaplains of our area arrived.   This afternoon after dinner another very peculiar problem came up the like of which I have never heard of in the Army. It is surely trying on the poor soldier. I will do my best to remember all that happened today and I will tell you all about it someday and then you’ll understand what I mean when I say we were very very busy. I’m thankful for it though because the day slipped by faster and I am that much nearer the time when we shall be together again. Just before supper something came up and as a result, Captain Wilkinson and I missed our supper. I’ll tell you about it someday, Dear.

We had a meeting of the officers this evening which lasted about three hours. When we came back to my quarters we had a long talk with the Chief of Chaplains. I won’t be able to tell you anything about it now, but perhaps later on I can tell you about it.

Willis leading a service aboard a ship. 1944.

Sweetheart, the pictures and your letters are wonderful, I love them, every one. Please keep them coming this way. Remember that is one thing you can never overdo as far as I’m concerned. I love to look at your pictures. Every time I do so, I think of how much I ought to do for the Lord because of you and your love. And I mean that  apart from the salvation which is ours in Christ. Your love is so absolutely pure because of the oneness we have together in the Lord. It is my earnest prayer that I may partially be worthy of such a good wife. And I only hope you can love me as unreservedly is I love you, Dear.

I still had a staggering stack of letters to answer but after today’s mail arrived I have even more. Even if I had the time to answer them, it would take three or four days. Several different enlisted men have written me expressing their gratitude for the services we have had down here.

Besides your letters, I received the following letters: Aunt Annie Scurlock, Mil, my father, Vivian Shaffer, Scheus, First Baptist Church Long Beach, Connie, Ruth Reid, Mrs. Riley and a bunch of official mail. Oh yes, I got a very nice letter from Gail Holly. She is surely a fine Christian girl, I believe she has a fine future and I’m going to do all I can to encourage her in the Lord’s work.

From what you tell me in your letters, I can see that you are working very hard in school. Please be careful and don’t overwork. I will be proud of the fine record you are going to set, but please remember I love you more than I ever will or ever could any record you might set.

There are a lot of things I would like to answer my Dear, but I’ll save those for tomorrow night. As it is, I’m so tired I can hardly hold my eyes open and I must get a few hours of sleep before daybreak. God bless you my Darling in all things. I love you with all my heart and life forever.

Yours forever in the Love of the 

Lord Jesus Christ,


P.S. Enclosed you will find a good picture of Captain Joseph Wilkinson, our medical officer, who is a real pal and friend. He is from New York City and they have a six month old baby daughter. We have more fun together than a barrel of monkeys. He is a Catholic and I would say far above the average I have ever bumped into in my experience thus far in the Army. There isn’t a day that goes by but what we talk about our wives at least a dozen times. Every once in a while, he’ll look at me and say, “You sure love your wife, don’t you?” And I always reply, “Words never could tell how much.” And then he will say to me, “It is written all over you, in everything you do you express that fact.” That in itself makes me very happy, for Darling I will ever only love you and it is my earnest prayer that my life will express that fact by the things I do for you and Christ.

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