September 26, 1944

September 26, 1944

Sarah, My Beloved Darling:

We were pleasantly surprised with the arrival of mail today, Dear. I have three letters from you, they were for September 15th, 16th, and 17th. Your letters surely mean a lot to me. I feel so good all over after reading them. I’m surely  proud of you Darling and I thank the Lord every day for you.

In the letter you wrote me on the 15th, you were all curious about my flight. Well, you will know from some of my later letters that I was in the Hawaiian Islands on detached service. But in order to get there I had to fly down to the islands you mentioned as number nine. Yes Dear, I have flown a good many miles by air. And almost all of it has been over the mighty Pacific Ocean. There are so many things I would like to tell you but that is impossible now. It is comforting to look out and see those powerful engines going on ceaselessly without missing a single stroke on one long leg of our flight. It was on that long leg that we experienced the beautiful sunset. We flew so high that it became very cold for the stretcher patients. However, I spent a good part of the time with the crew where we had heat. In fact, we flew so high to get above one storm that we gave three of the men oxygen to help their breathing because of the rarified air. I also helped the flight nurse by helping to keep the men warm with extra blankets and warm coffee.

Sweetheart, thank Dale for sending me the picture. I enjoyed it very much. Tell the boys if I had anything to do with it I would come home to you right away. As you say, they are surely sweet boys.

You should not go to all the trouble of sending that oil down here for my hair. Say, by the way, if you get me a picture of yourself for Christmas, please don’t send it as a Christmas present or I will probably not get it for quite a while. If you send it as a Christmas present they may hold it back until about Christmas time, and by that time I may not be here. I should really look forward to my Christmas present picture of you, Dear. I was sorry to hear that you lost the slip which makes it possible for you to get your pictures. I hope you are able to get them soon for I’m anxious to have as many pictures of you as possible.

I’m glad to hear you finally contacted Mrs. Kleinsmith, Lee’s Aunt. I know he will be glad to know that you two were able to visit. He is a mighty fine man. He is around 35 years old. Carl Scherenberg will be sorry to hear that you and his wife were not able to get together.

I’m going to write to Edith Jackson tomorrow if I get a chance and thank her class for the books. They are really very good, we used them this last Sunday.

From what you told me in your letter, you must have had a very nice visit with the Pauls. They are truly wonderful people and I appreciate their kindness to you very much. Their home must really be very nice, it must be good to have such a fine place to live. I’ll be satisfied to live with you anywhere as long as we are able to get along, serve the Lord effectively, and give our children a good home background and education.

It was good to hear about Mrs. Starrett, but knowing her as I do I am not at all surprised at the way she is getting along. I will never forget her and how well they got along together. Mrs. Starrett is one of the very finest Christians. I was also glad to hear that you heard Mrs. Blachely speak. I’m surprised you haven’t heard her before. She is very good. I taught Chinese Sunday school under her for 2 1/2 years.

I’m sorry to know that Maurice injured his ankle. It will make it difficult for him to work under such conditions. I hope it doesn’t take too long to heal. He will probably have a good time when he is out in Kansas with the young people.

Really I am glad to know you are going to have a regular Sunday school class. I think the way you have been teaching is very unfair to the children and to yourself. It was a surprise to hear that the quartet is going to be dismissed at North Shore. Although I’m glad to know they are going to have their own choir from now on.

Do you remember a year ago today? Well, I arrived in Chicago from Boston at about 11:10 after graduating from Chaplain School at Harvard on the day before. You will remember that we were together until the next day until a little before eight at the Northwestern station. At that time I boarded the Challenger for Long Beach and my first Army assignment.

Well Sweetheart, it is very late and I am tired so I’ll say good night and may God richly bless you in all things. Be sure to give my love to the folks.

Yours always and forever in 

The Love of Christ Jesus,

Willis

Colossians 3:3

One thought on “September 26, 1944

  • John T Reed
    September 26, 2018, 3:47 am

    “In fact, we flew so high to get above one storm that we gave three of the men oxygen to help their breathing because of the rarified air. I also helped the flight nurse by helping to keep the men warm with extra blankets and warm coffee.” I really enjoyed this description of his Pacific flights–gives me insight into the things we take for granted now.

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