Letter from LeGrand to Wife and Son, November 23, 1945

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Fri., 23 Nov 1945

Dearest Wife & Son,

I just finished chow this noon and have a little time on my hands, so I will use the time in writing a short letter for you & the boy. It's been better than a month since I have read a fresh letter from you. 19 days on the ship and 12 days on the Island of Japan. So you can see when my mail catches up to me I will have a great deal in store.

Lots has happened this past month or even backing up a while longer since I left Utah in the fore part of October.

Train ride across Great Salt Lake and deseret into Nevada-California then into Oregon. A few days at the Port of Replacement changing clothing & receiving more. A train ride with all my equipment to Fort Lewis, Washington, where I was able to talk with my sweet little wife on the telephone. Also there I was able to go to church in another state of the good old U.S.A. Then a ride on a truck to a ship then into the ship for 19 days—3 days of which were spent feeding the fish as well as the crew and troops and the other 16 just feeding the troops & crew.

While on the ship I had the chance of attending L.D.S. services on the Ocean, also got my first real workout in the barber business. I cut some 100 head of hair when the ship was rolling & rocking. As a chair I found an orange crate to be ideal, & came out some $35.00 in cash winners, as well as a lot of good practice & experience.

Then one day we sighted land. Japan Soil. As we gazed out to the right side of the ship we saw volcanic mountains and rough mountainous shores.

Nov. 11, 1945, was a big day. I unloaded from the ship U.S.S. Admiral R.N. Coontz and put my feet on Japan Soil and rode on a Japanese train. By dusk Nov. 11 we had completed our train journey and loaded in truck and traveled some 17 miles to our present location. Yes, we have had a lot of experience and travel all at the expense in dollars & cents of the U.S. Government, but a fellow wouldn't give 25¢ to have the same experience over again if he had to be away from his family again.

Now on with the letter again. No, not then but now. Since I started this letter I have cut some 30 head of hair & two fellows just went after a towel & another fellow just came in, so you can see this letter is coming by leaps & bounds.

No doubt since I left the States you have made lots of trips to the mail box in vain, looking & longing for a short line from this ordinary old fellow. Yes, and I suppose you have had your busy moments sewing clothing and getting ready for that big event. Then came the day. You called Rozella & the hospital, Walter probably went to Rozella's for 10 or 12 days & you spent 10 or 12 days, long lonesome days, in the hospital. And if everything came out alright you are back to your own little apt. with Walter & the new arrival.

Say you know my heart will leap for joy when I board the ship once more, the one that will carry me to you, but I suppose that won't be till in the summer sometime or later. Maybe for Thanksgiving next or Xmas next this old boy will be rolling. I don't know for sure, though.

Well so long for now with lots of love to you, all of you. Remember I love you. Keep smiling my dears.

LeGrand