October 22, 1945

Keijo (Seoul), Korea 

22 October 1945

Sarah, My Beloved Darling:

Another day has gone by and there wasn’t any mail. I cannot see why they fail to get our mail in here. Well anyhow, I have your old letters and I’ve read them over several more times. You will note that this is a better ribbon than the other letters. Well, I borrowed this typewriter and you have to be careful or it will skip a space right in the middle of a word, so I have to go slow and watch as I type or it will skip and break the words all up. At least you can read this whereas the other was terrible. I’m hoping the ribbons will soon come in so we can have one for our typewriter.

This morning I had good intentions of accomplishing many things but was interrupted from 8 on. And as a result, only got do a very little reading. After eating my dinner I came back here and thought I would try again and then they sent a man down from Division Headquarters to see if I would check up on a man who was court martialed last week. Darling, it is such a terrible mess that I cannot go into detail now. But when we are together someday perhaps we will go over it so we can mutually learn things that will help us in our work with others for Christ. This man has a wife and five children. He was drinking and got around another woman so you can imagine the rest. He received a very heavy sentence and a dishonorable discharge which means cessation of all allotments to his wife and children immediately. Well, you can imagine what a mess that is for me to handle.

That took over two hours and then another man was in to see me for about half an hour. When he left I sat down and wrote out a bit of my part of our Christmas letter. I don’t know that it is so good but if you can think there ought to be some changes feel free to do so. You can write your part as you did last year. I’m going to send you a few names and addresses of those I would like to have get one of our Christmas letters. I’ll send them in another letter.

This evening, some of the men who are leaving had a little party for me to express to me their thanks. I certainly was surprised at such a gesture a way out here. They had gone out and bought some fresh potatoes made French fries and had nice fresh fried eggs. That may sound like very little but that was a real treat, for they were nice and fresh. We also had coffee and crackers. That was a real treat because the rations we have been having since in Korea have become very tiresome. Lover, in your letters you mention every so often that you would be glad to send me anything I might like to have. That is very very sweet of you and I know you would but you know how long it takes to get things to reach me from past experience, so please don’t send me any more packages now because they will probably never reach me before I move or start on my way back to the States. The young people on the coast sent me packages in April which I have not received as yet, so you can see it isn’t wise to send things and never get them. Please don’t worry, I’ll get along and I’m looking forward to the day when we can enjoy eating together. Remember, I’m willing to eat anything that you and Mom may prepare. In spite of some of the very poor food I’ve been served in the Army, I haven’t lost my liking for any one food that will ever be common at our table, Dear.

Dr. Hepburn.

It was about 8 o’clock when I got over here from the party the men had for me. So I sat down and wrote a letter to Dr. Hepburn, telling him a few things and asked him to let me know as soon as possible how soon the Presbyterian Church planned on getting their first mission and teachers in to Korea. For that is one of the things I’m asked so very often by the people and I don’t know what to answer them. I thought he might be able to answer it for me and then I will be able to give them some kind of an answer.

I do hope that Bob soon find himself a job, it isn’t good for him to take things so indifferently. I cannot understand why he is so set upon obtaining a car unless he is planning on going into some kind of a job where a car is a necessity. From what you told me, I can see that it must be very hard to find an apartment now in Chicago. Perhaps by this time Bob and Margaret all ready have an apartment and he has found himself a job. At least I hope so. He is wise to get situated in work as soon as possible.

It is good to know that you got along so well planning the programs for the Auxiliary. You do have a fine committee and I’m glad you have the opportunity working with such fine women. Darling, don’t you ever worry about being a wife as good as Mrs. Koller or Mrs. Mantey. Already you are their equal and I mean that, I’m not just saying that because I’ve said it before, no servant of the Lord ever had a finer wife and mother than you will be. I only pray and hope I can partially be worthy of your wonderful love and devotion.

So Margaret Schave has a baby girl now. I’m sure that Forrest and Margaret must be very happy over that blessed event in their home. I was surprised to hear that the State Convention was being held in Rock Island this fall. I’ll be so glad when we can attend such meetings together again.

So Frank Arnold is on his way home from Europe, I suppose he is in the States by now. Is he getting a discharge or is he going to stay in the Army for a while? I’m sure that Florence will be very happy to see him, as well as all of his relatives.

Katherine Riley has certainly had a very hard time trying to get ahold of you. She is a very lovely Christian girl and I know you would enjoy knowing her. I’m sure that she is one Red Cross girl who is doing a good job, some of them I’ve seen – well! Let’s skip it for now. Beloved, it is so late and I’m very tired so I’ll say goodnight. You are such a good Sweetheart.

 I am ever just yours in Christ’s love,

 Willis

 Colossians 3:3

P.S. Enclosed find the Christmas letter, also another picture of our little chapel on Okinawa and a close up of the tough Mabuna Ridge,  the last Japanese strong point. It is a little better than the other picture I sent.

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