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The Military Mailbag

Greeting Fellows:

Just one letter this time.

S.F.C. Elmer Wielenga from Redlands. Present address, Korea. He sends us the one and only:

 

Dear Friends:

I have been in the Army a year and four months, so that it is high time I drop a few lines to the Beacon Lights.

I have been in Korea for seven months now, and enjoy the Beacon Lights more than I did in the States. I mean to say it has helped me more since I haven’t been able to go to church.

Since I have been in Korea I have heard very few sermons. The only time I get to go to services is when our outfit goes in reserves. I have been on the line two months since we left the last reserve area, and have never seen a Chaplain. In this outfit the chaplain never comes on the lines. That is why I enjoy the Beacon Lights more since I have been in Korea.

I am very thankful for the sermons, Church papers, and Beacon Lights that are sent to me. I find spiritual food in them.

I long so much to get home to my wife, especially so we once again together can go to the Protestant Reformed Church in Redlands, California.

I will tell you a little about my job, then sign off. I am a Platoon Sergeant in a Heavy Weapons company. I have ten machine guns and fifty-two men in my platoon, so it keeps me going. But I always find time to read the Bible and church papers I receive.

Your friend in Christ,

Elmer Wielenga

 

Thanks very much, Elmer, may God bless and keep you safe until the day you can once again be reunited with your loved ones.

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Once in a great while it is interesting to read statistics. I don’t know if this will be the “great while” for you, but here they are.

Remember, if you don’t write, we will. Maybe we can bore you into writing in self-defense.

There are now 100 of our boys in Service. According to our records, Pvt Willard J. Baar of First Church, Grand Rapids, was number 100 to leave. I really don’t know if he should be congratulated or not. But if anyone would like to write him, his address is:

PVT. Willard J. Baar, U.S. 55269914, 5012th ASU, Det. 3, Food Service School,

Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri

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Every branch of the service is represented, and our men are scattered over the face of the earth.

Just look at our own United States—22 different states. Then there’s Korea, Japan, Guam, Germany, Alaska and the Canal Zone.

Nineteen of our churches have given up some of their men.

Here’s a break-down of which ones and how many:

First Church, G.R…………. 40

Second ………………………….  7

Creston………………………….. 3

Hope …………………………….  4

Grand Haven ………………….  4

Holland …………………………  6

Kalamazoo …………………….  2

Hudsonville …………………..  2

Redlands ……………………..    5

Bellflower ……………………..  2

Hull ………………………………  4

Rock Valley …………………..  2

Pella ……………………………..  4

Orange City …………………..  1

Oskaloosa ……………………..  1

Manhattan ……………………..  8

Edgerton ……………………….  2

Randolph ………………………  1

Oaklawn ………………………..  2

 

Yes, I know that adds up to only 97. We have the other three names but don’t know to what church they belong.

Another name on the discharged list: S.F.C. Fred Schaafsma. This swells the grand total of discharges way up to two. Will you be number three?

That’s it, men. See what happens when you don’t Write? Our column doesn’t amount to much, does it? Let’s make it a good one next month. We’ll be waiting.