Okinawa Shima – Ryukyu Islands
1 September, 1945
My Beloved Darling Sweetheart:
Again this evening I was made happy with the arrival of your precious letters for August 20th and 21st. I could tell from what you said in your letters that you and the Vogels were having a grand time. I also gleaned the same from Paul’s good letter. I’m so sorry they are not staying out at the cottage longer. It would have been so good for them to spend a whole day, I mean week out there. Yes, I do hope it won’t be too much longer before we can all four be together for one of our good discussions. I love them all so very much and as you say those boys are dears. If God so wills I hope we can have three children also. Dear, I know you will be a fine devoted Christian mother. Besides your letters, I got Paul’s good letter as mentioned above and a letter from Bill Getz, Jack and Bertha and several more letters in the answer to my letters of condolence.
This has been one of those days when you do a little bit of everything and when you come to nightfall you try as hard as possible to see what has been accomplished and all added together it seems to be very little. When I had a little time I wrote a letter to the following: my father, Holly’s and Joan Cable. This evening we had a most beautiful sunset and I know you would have enjoyed it; but my Dear, without you even the best cannot be half enjoyed. So many times I told you and again I’ll tell you, “You have brought more sunshine and pure joy into my heart and life than you will ever know.” This morning our Commanding General talked to us and informed us about what we might expect on landing in Korea. If censorship permits I’ll try to write more interesting letters when we arrive up there.
Dear, I’m sorry you didn’t receive mail for a few days after I wrote the one evening that I was tired and didn’t feel so good. Please my Dear, don’t worry, if I ever feel very badly I’ll be sure to tell you. My little sweetheart is something like dear little mom. You’re sweet and I love you for it, but Lover, remember I have determined to always do my best of Christ and you and that means so much more for we are together always one because of the oneness we now have in Christ.
Tonight mother earth will be our interspring mattress and God’s diamond-studded heavens will be our canopy. And I have one good Army blanket. Hope the centipedes, rats and snakes don’t decide they want to go a-hunting or on an escorted tour. Perhaps tomorrow night it will be sheets and racked to sleep by the gentle swells of the earth’s greatest ocean.
Today being August 31st in Chicago I suppose you left the Dunes and returned to Chicago to be ready for your trip to Lake Geneva for the retreat. Here’s hoping you have a blessed time and a fine inspirational program which will challenge the youth to really go to work for Christ. Maybe next year we will be together for such a service, what a joy that would be.
Well Dearest, it is late and I’m tired and must rest some tonight so I’ll say good night till daybreak of the day when we are together again. God bless you Dear in all things.
Yours and none others forever in Christ’s perfecting love,
P.S. Enclosed find letters from the following: Carl Anderson, Holly’s, Joan Cable and Louise Davis. Sweetheart, I love you more than ever. Also Connie and Mae.