September 20, 1945

Kyongsong, Korea 

20 September 1945

Sarah, My Dearest Darling Wife:

Well, another day has slipped by and there was only one letter for me, it was from Connie; for some reason or other it had been miss sent to another outfit, and as a result, it was delayed in reaching me. I do hope there will be some mail tomorrow for I am getting pretty lonesome to know what you have been doing since September 4th. I’ve got your other letters and I read them over but I like to know what you are doing from time to time. I hope they start getting our mail in better than they have been. With all the air transportation there is available now they should be able to fly mail over here to us. The rations we are having now are getting pretty tiresome, but they would be a little more bearable if they would get some mail into us. I have become very tired of the rations and about all I can eat is some crackers and jam or jelly and corn and beans when they have it, which isn’t too often. I generally try to drink some coffee to help get the dry crackers down.

After the baptisms on Okinawa.

  This morning I did some studying and planning for future programs and services. I also took care of some more problem cases. And then I wrote a letter to the wife of a man who lost his life on Okinawa. By that time it was time to go over to try to eat something. It is quite difficult to accomplish very much when you are so often interrupted. As soon as dinner was over I came back here and prepared to leave for one of companies which is a long way from here. Chaplain Vogel and I had services for them this afternoon. There were nineteen men in attendance and I used as my message this theme, “Test Me Now”, taken from Malachi 3:10. The King James reads, “Prove Me Now.”   I used the idea that in this day of fast-moving inventions and industrial progress that the most important part of any up-and-coming concern is a good laboratory where their products are tested. Sometime later I hope to have enough time to develop the message more fully. Perhaps I will be able to preach it when I come back and you will hear and see what you think about it. It was rather late when we returned and as a result it was almost time to eat. 

Having had something to eat I came back over here to our chaplain’s quarters for a while and then left for our chapel where we had our first bible class since our arrival in Korea. There were 14 in attendance and we started out studying the Gospel of John. We got through the 14th verse. I certainly love the Lord’s word the more I read it and study it, and above all, I love to teach it for it seems to reveal to me greater light and understanding. Please pray for our class Dear, for my one aim is to create within men a desire to study the Bible. The lack of Bible knowledge is most appalling among those who claim to be Christians. Personally, I realize my own weakness and I want above all else to be fully prepared.

  After the Bible class a couple of soldiers visited with me for some time about the Bible. Both of them are young fellows and have only been in the Army a year or so I want to do all I can to help them. It is easy to drift so I’m anxious to help them as much as possible. Before starting this letter to you I wrote a letter to each of the following:  May and Connie, my father and Louise Davis. I have a lot of letters to write and am trying to get a few out everyday.

  It is really a lovely moonlit night and it is just cool enough to wear a field jacket, and how I would love to take a walk arm-in-arm with you, Dear. It will be so good to just be by your side again walking down the street, holding hands or walking arm-in-arm. From the very first time we sat side-by-side at prayer meeting in November 1940, I have enjoyed being by your side. I don’t know how to describe it, but it is such a good feeling and fills me with much heaven wrought joy.  For some reason or other the air and the crisp moonlight makes me think of those lines written by John Whitcomb Riley, “When the frost is on the pumpkins and the fodders in the shock.”  I do so hope that we will be able to be together a year from now. Anywhere with you is all I care.

  It is surely good to know that Donnie’s eye is improving. Perhaps in time it will be back to normal. I surely hope so. I’m glad Kay had such a good time at camp, the main thing is that it helps her spiritually. I’m also glad to know that her teeth are straightening up.

  I’m sorry you ran out of the paper Kitty gave you for Christmas for it is just nice size and files away so well in the folders which I keep them in. The other is more bulky and doesn’t press out so well. I do hope it won’t be too much longer before we can forget about writing altogether. And just talk, love and pray like we used to do. What joyous days and hours, Dear.

  Lover, I will close for tonight, more tomorrow evening. God bless you my Dear in all things. Be sure to give our friends my love and best wishes.

 I love you so, Dear, for

 ever and always through Christ

 in whom we are forever one,

 Willis

 Colossians 3:3

 John 1:4

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