September 18, 1945

Kyongsong, Korea 

18 September 1945

Sarah, My Beloved Darling:

No mail today but I hardly expected any after getting so much all at once. However, I am still missing your letter of August 22nd. It should be coming in soon. The only letters I did receive today were from Mrs. Hansen and several from who lost loved ones on Okinawa. The letter from Mrs. Hansen was very very nice and she said she had just received your good letter.

  This has been a most beautiful day, just like a good autumn day back in Illinois. They came around and took our sizes today for our winter clothing so I suppose sometime in the near future we will be obtaining our warm clothing. That will be the first I have had to wear since leaving the States. I worked on another message this morning and then shortly after 10 Chaplain Vogel and I left here to go to one of our groups of men and have a service for them. A good share of them were on guard, and as a result, I only had 12 in attendance, but that is the very best you can do under conditions like these. As soon as we were through we came back and had a snack of c-rations and then I came on over here to our Chaplain’s Headquarters office and studied for a while and was interrupted several times to take care of some problems different soldiers had. I also had to take care of two more Red Cross cases. Just before time to eat this evening I wrote a letter to Al Beaudoin and his wife Ruth (the present pastor of the church in East Moline) expressing our congratulations on clearing the church of debt, and I further expressed our prayers and wishes for them a most fruitful ministry in that church. I thought that would be a good gesture on our part, Dear.

  After eating some this evening and taking care of another problem which needed attention, I came back over here and wrote letters to the following ones before starting this letter to you; Daunt and Mil, Sergeant Visconti and Raymond Cox. I will mail their letters to you so you can read them, Dear. I’m really behind in my letter writing but I am going to do my very best to catch up with all the other things there are to do. I love to receive letters. Yours are the very best of all Beloved and I don’t know what I would do if I didn’t have them to refuel me and encourage me in these days of our separation.

Willis and Sarah Reed on their wedding day.

  Last night I had the best night sleep I have had it since we left Okinawa. Along with that good night’s sleep, I had a wonderful dream about you and our first born. Beloved, it is so very good for a man to have a wife like you, for everything about you makes me want to be my very best for Christ. Those days which separate us from being with each other again can pass none too soon to please me. Dear, it is pretty hard to be halfway around the world from the one who is your partner and counterpart. I’m convinced that my greatest joy this side of Eternity will be the privilege of being with you again, my Dear. From the very hour we met you have changed my whole life and the joy and sunshine which you are life has wrought mere human measurements could never express.

  I want to start with your back letters and answer questions and make comments on other things you said in your letters. Dear, I’m glad you were able to read Mrs. Montgomery’s translation of the New Testament. It is very good. I also enjoy reading the Goodspeed translation. And in fact, I always read some from it and the King James everyday if at all possible. Reading such a translation does help a lot.

  I was so glad to know that Paul, Gen and the children had such a good time up at the cottage. I’m only sorry that they were not able to be out there long. I’m surely looking forward to seeing the boys for I know they have grown a lot. And I know it will be something to hear Dukie talking.

  The party which you had on the occasion of Jeanne’s birthday sounded very nice and I’m glad you have such a good time. I have always loved her and I prophesy for her a real future. She is such a sweet Christian girl, our nation needs many more just like her. I do hope that you and I can be an encouragement to her.

  Several times in your last letters you have asked me how much I weigh thinking that I have lost weight. I know I have lost weight, but how much I don’t know. I don’t believe I’ve seen a scale on which I could weigh myself now for at least seven or eight months. Don’t worry Dear, I will take care of myself as much as possible.

  Yes Darling, I have been receiving the Army and Navy Chaplain Magazine from time to time which you have addressed to me. I cannot understand why that one should have been returned. By the way, I was interested to know that Buena wasn’t so interested in Dr. Martin. Remember, any man who ever had the task of following Dr. Hepburn would have a tough job. Dr. Hepburn is a fine pastor and they will go a long long way to find a man to take his place. However, I do hope they do before the church slips too much.

  Well Darling, it is rather late and I am tired so I’m going to close for tonight. God bless you Dear and give the folks my love.

 Forever yours alone, 

for We Are One in Christ,

 Willis

 Colossians 3:3

 Philippians 3:8-10

 P.S. Darling, the next time you can go to Harder’s or some such office supply store, will let you please buy me a good 1946 diary. It is impossible to obtain them over here and they are so helpful for me to keep records in. The one I have now measures 3 by 5 inches which is a good size in that I can carry it in my pockets at all times. Please send it by Air Mail. That is a special request. 

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