16 September 1945
Dearest Darling Sweetheart:
What a banner day this has been and mainly because I received nine wonderful letters from you, my Darling; I only wish you could know how happy they made me. It has been cloudy and rather dismal all day but the joy of heart and soul could never be dampened with such good letters to cheer and help along these lonely days. I will be so very happy and thankful to our Lord when we can be together again. Words cannot fully describe how my heart aches for you, Dear. Nothing can ever take your place Dear and it will be so very good to be with you again and talk over the things nearest our hearts.
The letters I received from you were for August 23rd, 24th, 26th, 29th, 30th, 31st, September 2nd, 3rd and 4th. I’m still missing yours of August 22nd, 25th, 27th, 28th and September 1st. They ought to reach us pretty soon. I also got three letters from Paul and Gen, one from each of the following: Vivian Shaffer, Connie, Arthur Mitchell, Dolores, my cousin Jim, Louis Davis, First Church Long Beach and several letters from those who lost loved ones on Okinawa.
I was up at the break of day and have had my hands full until this very minute. However, I did write a short letter to Paul and Gen before starting this letter to you. They are so sweet and I love them so much. The letter from Gen was a jewel and when I read her description of you waiting for me and being so sweet and lovable I got all choked up and had to shed some tears. There is no doubt about you being in my heart for now and all eternity. When I think of you my heart hurts and thrills and fills with joy all at the same time.
We are four chaplains short in the Division now and with our troops scattered all over with occupation duty we really have our hands full. For this morning’s service I used as my scripture Exodus 10:21-29. “ Lighted Dwelling Places.” My theme was along the line of letting our lives be an example of light to all men in the darkness of this day. It worked out very well. This evening I spoke on, “ Not Interested.” Mark 8:34-38. It also worked out very well too, Dear. Everything considered my services were very very well attended. Chaplain Wells’ battalion is a long way from here so I took care of all the rest of the Regiment in this part of the city.
I didn’t have time to read your letters over too well but perhaps I’ll be able to read them over tomorrow. Right now I’m so tired I can hardly hold my head up or my eyes open. Dear, I’ll try to do better tomorrow evening. Even though this letter is short, remember I love you more than ever, Dear. God bless you Beloved and be sure to give the folks my deepest love.
Yours alone forever in Christ’s
perfecting love. I’m so glad to be
you husband, Dear,
P.S. Enclosed find three letters from Paul and Gen, Faith Allen, Laura Pettygrove and John and Helen Mueller.