Letter written before dying
We the soldiers were not able to send a letter freely, either. All the letters
were checked by the officer. It was the purpose which keeps a naval secret.
Therefore, before dying, the letter sent to a family was also restricted.
Therefore, as for these letters, only a few remains.
Furthermore, not real intention but the principle was written to this letter
by this character. Because, sending it to a family was refused.
When truth is written to the character. Moreover, the soldier was not able to
write a diary usually.
That was not because it is busy, but was because it is check by the officer.
The Kamikaze was composed, but even if died and faced, the life of a soldier
did not change.
The last letter written before a sortie is not free. Therefore, it hid in the
officer, cooperation of residents was obtained, and it sent to the family.
I thought that I also wanted to tell parents about death being near. Therefore,
the code was considered. It is the word of "returning at the Bon Festival."
Moreover, it was sent from the lodging house. Check of an officer was not
The father came to understand the meaning of this code and to meet me. From
distant Kyushu. I passed the last night with the father. It is the second
floor of lodgings. And good-bye of the last was said in the next morning.
It is the talk heard after the war.
When a certain classmate moved to a sortie base from a training base, he
separated from the formation, without obtaining consent. And he flew toward
the empty of a hometown. Moreover, he dropped the letter of the last wrapped
in the scarf. From the house top of itself.
Furthermore, a certain classmate approached, knew death and carried the
character which wrote the idea of the last thing to the post office, without
being of an officer checked.
And he requested the post office member and made a letter send to a family.
He has no address of a unit.It is because he cannot receive a reply even if
it writes a unit's name.
Although this act was forbidden under the rule of a post office, the member
of a post office sympathize with him.
Therefore, especially the resident and post office member near the sortie
base accepted the request to an attack member. those talking it was left
The feeling of gratitude to those who offer a life for a country would make
it do so.
I want to reflect on war. It is reading a few letters of these last, and
hearing a family's left-behind sadness.
(Translation March 11, 2003)