Letters From Our Boys

Dear Christian Friends:

I just received the February issue of Beacon Lights, and, having some free-time I’ve already read most of the inspiring articles. The arrival of Beacon Lights is always most welcome with me and I know it is with all our service men.

I’ve been stationed at Westover Field, Mass., since the first week in November. Before that I traveled over much of the U. S. The field is situated on quite a large table of land and is almost completely surrounded by mountains. Although our eastern mountains are neither as high, nor as majestic as the Rockies (which I’ve also had the privilege to see), they are very beautiful. According to the inhabitants here, this is even more true in the Spring and Summer. Truly, we must marvel at the handiwork of our God in His creation. Upon arrival here, with a Bombardment Group we continued our training for overseas duty, which was begun at Davis Monthan Field, Arizona. Shortly before the Group left I was placed in the Hospital with an eye ailment. Had it not been for this stay in the Hospital I undoubtedly would be somewhere in the European Theatre.

Due to my many changes in location the Beacon Lights have gone the long way in finding me. I cannot say that Beacon Lights was “off the beam” as it was all my fault for not informing you.

Again, I want to express my appreciation for Beacon Lights and to all its staff and its contributors, for all they are doing to keep us in good, spiritual reading material. I think I here voice the sentiment of all our Protestant Reformed young men in the Service.

May God bless you and your labors and give you grace to carry on.

Yours in Christ,

Cpl. Ted Howerzyl,

Westover Field, Mass.

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Dear Friends:

I have been receiving the Beacon Lights for some time, and I appreciate them very much. It sure has some very good reading material in it.

I have been in the Army for over five years and I have also been overseas, and wherever I go I always receive the Beacon Lights. I hope I will continue to receive them. I let other fellows read them, and I want to thank you very much for sending them.

Sgt. William De Graff,

Camp Van Dorn, Miss.

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Dear Friends:

I have been in the navy for 19 months now and I haven’t been on board a ship as yet. I had my boot training at Great Lakes and after a nine day leave I was sent down here to Norfolk. There really isn’t a thing to do in town here so I stay on the base all the time. When I do go into town for just a short time the things one sees are really disgusting.

I have been attending a Presbyterian church most every Sunday, but the services don’t amount to much.

When I first came here for duty I had two months of compartment cleaning. Cleaning up the barracks after some fellows come in from town isn’t a very pleasant job. After two months of that I was put on the beach crew which was a better job. I spent 11 months at this and I was rather tired of it by then. We had to go out in the water and put wheels on our big flying boats after they came in from patrolling the coast. During the winter months this was a rather tough job because we were always getting wet. It was a lot of fun during the summer because we were in swimming all the time. Now for the last four months I have been working in the metal shop and I like this work. We patch holes in the planes and make changes on the planes. This is all I will write for this time, and thanks for the Beacon Lights. Keep up the good work.

Gillis Vanden Berg

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Dear Friends:

I have been receiving Beacon Lights for quite some time now. I have been wanting to write but have just been putting it off. So now I am taking the time to thank you for sending them to me. I have not been able to attend church services every Sunday. I have been to Bellflower Prot. Ref. Church about six times in the last 12 weeks. It sure does feel good to be able to attend one of our own churches after attending other churches. I also have heard a few Navy Chaplains. They also have a very good sermon each Sunday for us boys.

I am closing this letter in hopes of being with you all very soon, D.V.

John E. Poll,

San Francisco, Calif.

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Dear Friends:

I have been receiving Beacon Lights for some time now and have never come around to thanking you for it, something I’ve been wanting to do for some time. I enjoy very much the articles published in this magazine and am thankful that I can be somewhat connected with the Church through the Beacon Lights, although I am many miles from it. I also receive the Standard Bearer and it is a comfort to be able to read a good sound doctrine, something which is hard to find in this man’s army.

I don’t think there is much need in my saying anything about my life in the service because life in the service is practically the same wherever you go. I know some boys have it tougher than others, but as far as army life itself goes, it is practically the same, at least I have found it to be that way and I have been from coast to coast while in the States.

Where I am now church services are held in the post theatre, a very inappropriate place, but after all it isn’t the place but what is taught there. Naturally the sermons are not like ours, but more or less to satisfy everyone present. I surely do miss our type of worship and I hope before long we’ll be able to enjoy them together again.

As ever,

Cpl. William Swart.