Letter from LeGrand to Wife and Sons, April 15, 1946
[Written from Japan, where LeGrand was part of the U.S. Army of Occupation, to his wife and sons in Logan, Utah.]
#560 — 14 April 1946
Dear Wife & Sons,
It is 3:30 A.M. over on this side of the good old earth. Maybe it is a good thing that I have to pull this midnight shift occasionally then my family hears from me. When I am on any other shift they keep me as busy as a bee. Other than a little power trouble that the transmitter men had a couple times this evening things have been going pretty smooth.
So far I haven't heard any more of the papers that I sent for the company other than they left for higher army authorities. The boys in the orderly room this evening said I should hear some time next week—of the action taken.
This Sunday has been a lot different from last week. I figured I would lay around the hut and read & write until church time then go to church. What happened the first thing? They had a detail for 3 of us who had the same thing in mind. They had us to go over to an abandoned U.S. Army quarters and secure a little equipment for to improve this location.
When I came back I was tired enough to sleep for a while so I went to sleep & arose in time for supper. At supper I was asked if I would take a letter to have it signed by an officer for our officer. He did quite a bit to get things rolling along the other day so I took them for him. As a result I had a dull Sunday. Dull because I didn't get in on a good spiritual feast.
On Monday morning the seminary teacher in high school would ask, "What kind of day did you have yesterday?" Well you will have the same kind of week ahead. If my week ahead is as the Sunday I spent anything could happen. Although I didn't do much that was good, I didn't go so far on bending the sabbath as to go out & hang a man or commit adultery.
Some religionists would lead a man to believe that if he broke the slightest of any of the commandments he just as well go out and commit a worse crime. But I say the penalty we pay for breaking a smaller law is just as sure to come as a penalty for breaking a law as "thou shalt not kill" Only the penalty prescribed before the foundation of the world may not be as severe compared with a large one ... "There is a law irrevocably decreed in heaven before the foundation of the world upon which all blessings are predicated. And when we receive a blessing it is through obedience to the law upon which that blessing is predicated."
I heard some different sounding bells just a minute ago and looked around. It didn't take me long to discover that it was a Japanese fire wagon. About a mile to the north there is or I should say was a building afire. Whether it burned plumb down or whether they put it out I don't know, but now it is lots lower than it was.
In the past week there has been 3 or 4 or 5 houses burn clear to the ground right around here fairly close They have fire hydrants out in the open spaces but they leak so much they never have a fire plug close to houses because it will make the road muddy. So they have to depend on some other supply.
When the B-29's came over with fire bombs you can rest assured they had a hot time here for a few days. Bombs burst above the houses and start fires for 4 or 5 blocks. Well once they were started they kept up till the ground stopped them. Lots of places you can drive miles and see nothing but refuse and ashes. An occasional cement building still standing undamaged. While other fire proof buildings are standing with just the shell.
Well Sweetheart, "My dreams are getting better all the time." "When my dreams come true I will be there with you." I watched the silver moon this evening alone, but by the time another full moon comes around it is quite possible that I will be in the Rockies where I can watch the sun go down & the moon come up over the mts. with my little sweetheart in the Rockies.
Its morning already Sweetheart. This day the skies are over cast all except a few small spots. It's about time for a rain, though things are getting pretty dusty. The dust flies with the least little breeze.
Well so long for this time and may this short line carry my love to you.
Envelope postmarked Apr 15, 1946 by the Army Postal Service
Pvt. W.L. Whipple 39943825
Co. A. 3159 Sig APO 503
% P.M. San Fran Calif.
Mrs. Erline A. Whipple
265 North 3rd East