Letter from LeGrand to Wife and Sons, December 9, 1945
[Written from Japan, where LeGrand was part of the U.S. Army of Occupation, to his wife and sons in Logan, Utah.]
Dearest Wife & Sons,
Sunday in Japan again so it is a little bit of rest for us again. Rest from all this business that they have to offer—around here because the officers get tired of passing the buck before too long.
The Christmas packages that were mailed 8/16/44 are beginning to arrive and the recipients were released a year ago, so instead of returning the packages they are opening them and putting the candy & nuts around the day room. So we are enjoying the Xmas that the boys home would have had. Some of the old fellows say 2 1/2 or 3 months is the soonest that they have seen since they have been mail clerking.
Last evening I saw the USO show "A Kiss in the Dark." It is the same show that Shirley Temple was in on the screen here a few years back. Only someone else took the part she did. Still all in all it was a good show. American people & all.
We have been working for LDS meetings here lately & so far 4 boys all told. A meeting booked for 1:00 p.m. this day in the library. That will be a good deal you know.
Say you know it is good to know that you & the boys are doing as well as you are. And in case you are in need of a little extra money use any part of all that I have been sending home. So feel free to use it. or put in the bank. Remember pay tithing on it.
There is a big card game going on in this room that is about the size of your kitchen and about up to my shoulders high. 5 tables medium size 4 over stuffed chairs and a few hard chairs. They had a radio a few days back but it is in the repair shop now.
It is hard for me to write in all this noise but in the sleeping room it is just too bad, so I will keep plugging along and maybe get results.
The letters you send to APO 33 arrive in about 8 days. The letters you sent to 2/355 take about 18 to 20, so now I am receiving letters from the hospital and from after you arrived home.
I went to the X-ray and had my teeth pictured yesterday. While over there I stepped on the scales & weighed 192. Course I have lots of clothes on—long handled drawers over my garments. 1 sweater, wool shirt & pants, wool sox & leather boots and a jacket. 10 pounds of clothing so I weight about the same as I did a while back.
Well its time to close for this day, so will sign off with Lots of love to my wife and sons. Remember I love you with all my heart. Keep smiling & may the Lord bless you all back in Zion.
Envelope postmarked Dec 11, 1946 by the Army Postal Service
Pvt. W.L. Whipple 39943825
Co. L. 123 Inf APO 33
% P.M. San Francisco Calif.
Mrs. Erline A. Whipple
265 North 3rd East