Letter from LeGrand to Wife and Sons, December 18, 1945
[Written from Japan, where LeGrand was part of the U.S. Army of Occupation, to his wife and sons in Logan, Utah.]
18 Dec 45
Dearest Wife & Sons,
This day I am over in Takarazuka. The Dentist stopped coming out to Nishinomiya so we go to where he is. He opens at 10:00 & I have a few minutes to spend so here is a letter to my swell wife & fine big sons.
Just one week from this day till Xmas. They are arranging trees here & there in the mess halls and red cross canteens. So the Spirit of Xmas is in the air at least even though there is so many fellows over on this side of the world and an empty spot in American homes for every one of them. Yes, a great old life. But one day in the not too far distant future these fellows can be home once again. If I had of enlisted for 18 months I could have been home for this Xmas, but who knows just how many more I would have been away. Now that I am going to be away this year, It may be that I am home in time to put in a crop for 1946. That is of course if I take to Agriculture right off the bat. Perhaps I could get in the Condensing Plant or Saw Mill or something along that line.
Since I have been taking that Japanese language class I have a big tendency to swing a little to the form of sentence structure and word spelling that they use in the Jap language.
Instead of saying "Please give me that book." They say "That book give me please." and most of their sentences are in that order. Their alphabet is a i u e o with k - y - w - z and other consonants in head of them. ba - bi - bu - be - bo — ka - ki - ku - ke - ko — (etc. through all of the consonants and vowels. (Ni-shi-no-mi-ya [nee shee nō mee yâ]) the name of the city I am staying — (Kō-bě) another city.
You are probably uninterested in something like that, but it will help you to pronounce the words & cities of Japan.
Well it's time to head for the dentist, so its best that I should go.
Remember my Darling Wife & Sons I love you! Keep smiling and one day in the not too far distant future Johnny will come marching home to stay.
Envelope postmarked Dec 20, 1946 by the Army Postal Service
Pvt. W.L. Whipple 39943825
Co. L. 123 Inf APO 333
% P.M. San Francisco Calif.
Mrs. Erline A. Whipple
265 North 3rd East