Letter from LeGrand to Wife and Sons, December 5 or 6, 1945
[Written from Japan, where LeGrand was part of the U.S. Army of Occupation, to his wife and sons in Logan, Utah.]
Thurs., Dec 5, or 6, 1945
Dear Wife & Sons —
This is the first word that I had since you went to the hospital. But for some reason I knew 15 Nov was the date and made a mark on my memory the morning that I arose. I never knew a boy or girl but 15 was the day and I felt sure that things were going well with you after the day and before.
4 letters this day — 3 from you and one from Mom. 2 was written in the hospital to my old address and one was written just after you heard from me — About 8 or 10 days Air Mail brings a letter from Utah when they know a fellow's address.
No I didn't receive Rozella's letter or the telegraph. So those letters looked plenty good to me this evening. I stopped in the shop from chow and cut 14 head of hair then business slowed down, so I had mine cut from another barber — then I went to the room not thinking a thing about mail & saw 4 letters on my bed — Was I ever happy.
They have closed up some of these houses in the area & examined the girls — Out of the first 8 tested 7 had the Veneral disease. The fellow who told me frequented the places Said course the percentage didn't seem that high all the way through — And to any level thinking fellow the chance at just an incurable disease is too big.
This class work that I have to teach is the biggest head ache that I have ever gotten into. I lose more sleep over the deal than anything I have had to do so far.
Maybe if I come through this it will do me some good for the motto is Try — Do my best — "That what we persist in doing becomes easy not that the nature of the thing changes but that our ability to do has changed."
Well, this letter is another short one, but it will carry the good news that I have read the good news out of your letters. Yes, two sons — and Marvin & Dorthy done one better their first time. All that work will come at once for them and will they ever have their hands full —
So long for this evening My Dears. This fellow on this side of the world loves his wife & family — Remember Keep Smiling —
Yours truly, LeGrand