August 31, 1943

August 31, 1943

Dearest Sweetheart: –

I’ve just finished reading your two lovely letters, you can’t imagine how I appreciate your very newsy letters. The pictures are pretty good, thanks for sending them. I will return the one of me alone in this letter.

Dear, if you want to go up with Kenyon feel free to do so with my approval, for after all we are in God’s hands and if you want to I’m sure it will be all right unless the Lord constrains you to do otherwise.

No, Dear we do not have to drill on Sundays. We are free for worship and whatever we want to do, as long as we are in the Boston area. Yes, the winter uniform is all right. I’ve been wearing my Cheenos most of the time since my arrival here.

By the way, I got my travel allowance pay check today, it amounted to $95.76. I was getting pretty low and needed it for things they require us to have. How are you fixed financially? Are you coming along O.K.?

I surely hope you have a good time at Lake Geneva. I’ll surely be thinking of you.

Children at the Church at First Baptist Church of East Moline. 1943

Enclosed find the signed slip John enclosed for insurance application. And I don’t want the dividends on my insurance changed.

Glad to hear things are going well at the Church in East Moline. I hope they get a man soon.

We really had a day today, besides our classes all morning, this afternoon we had a 8 mile march and then a lot of physical exercises. You should hear the grunts and groans of the cigarette puffers and the beer guzzling men of our ranks. I walked down the hall a few moments ago and most of them are in a heap.

Really I feel fine, I’m a little tired but not done up like most of the boys. I’m going to get something to eat and then come back and do some typing of notes I have taken in classes. Then I have a lot of reading to do in our course in “Military Court Martial and Law.” Well Darling, I love you more than ever. May God’s riches blessings be forever yours.

Always and forever yours,

In His Wonder full-time Love,

Willis

Psalm 9-10

(Written on the side)

Tell Kittie and Olga I love that Bible very much and read it all the time, it’s just the right size – give them my love.

August 27, 1943

August 27, 1943

Dearest Sweetheart:

I’ve just finished reading your very sweet letter Darling. I’m beginning to appreciate how the enlisted men feel when they don’t get any mail. As I said to you in my letter yesterday, the thing I look forward to the most is for mail time at 5 P.M. after we have finished drilling for the afternoon.

I wish I could take time to write a long letter to you, but I want to do well in my courses. We have to have notebooks with notes taken in each lecture hour, besides problems and written assignments for each day, so you can see we are very busy.

Willis and Sarah Reed at their church in East Moline, Illinois. 1943

Briefly this is our daily schedule:

1. Up at 5:30 A.M.

2.  Roll call for Ch. School 5:50 A.M.

3.  Breakfast 6:15 A.M.

4. Clean up rooms for inspection 7:00 A.M.

5. Devotions for Protestants 7:30 A.M.

6. Then Classes straight through till noon.

7. 1:15 report in unionalls for drill.

8. Drill until 3:45 P.M.

9. Lectures again until 5 P.M.

10.  Study and eat, but all the lights must be out by 11 P.M.

I’m sure you can see with such a heavy schedule that there is little time for anything but routine work and preparation for the next day’s classes. And a thing that also helps to handicap one, is the problem of finding a place to eat that won’t rob  you. “Oh, for one of your meals Dear.”

No. You keep the Watchman Examiner’s until I tell you to send them. I’m not sure whether I told you or not, but over 1/3 of the entire group of Chaplains here at Harvard are Roman Catholics.

Yes Darling, I would appreciate your sending me the bulletin & newspaper from North Shore. As I remember, the Greek books are in the bedroom. Sure, I would be glad to have Stan use our books.

This is all for now, but I love you more now than when I started to write this letter.

Forever yours because you’re Christs’

With all of my love,

Willis

Psalm 5, 6

Col 3:1-4