Letter from LeGrand to Wife and Sons, February 16, 1946

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[Written from Japan, where LeGrand was part of the U.S. Army of Occupation, to his wife and sons in Logan, Utah.]

16 Feb 1946

Dearest Wife & Sons,

Stand by for a short line from this side of the good old earth. The radio is playing "There is a happy land Somewhere" as I begin this short line to you this evening. There is a little moisture falling to make a perfect radio signal and the music is rolling in 100% ok for the past while. Now the music setting has changed to "Oh What a Beautiful Morning"— Whenever I hear that tune I connect it with the Fuhriman residence in Providence [Utah] about the time you came home from the hospital with Walter.

Music—Who can conceive of music in hell—Who can conceive of heaven without music.

Last evening I worked from 12 P.M. till 8 A.M. this morning. They have 4 groups of men to keep the receiver running 24 hours. We work or be there 8 hours then off 24. So that gives us a midnight then a day shift then an afternoon then back again. They have plenty for us to do so far.

Yesterday after dinner I borrowed a saw & hammer & went to work on a foot locker or trunk to store a little of my junk in. After finding some old packing boxes I had the material all except a pair of hinges for the lid. One of these days I will find hinges or look for hinges at least. Till then I will use the box for a few things. Sox, toilet articles, etc.

They are starting to pass some good hot rumors around these past few days. Just how many of them are true is yet to be seen. But an article in the paper stated that soldiers with children would be out of the army by 1 July—so it is quite possible this time that these rumors are true if rumors could be true.

Guess what. This time I was moved in with a group of about 15 or 20 fellows—only 3 or 4 smoke out of the group—Perhaps because they can get $20 per carton for their tobacco. But it is good to be in a barracks with so little smoke, and still nice and warm. Just enough ventilation of the right shape and type, that is the windows open the right way.

Well it's about time to go to radio school, so will sign off for the evening. May this letter carry a refresher to your memory that I love you & the boys.

Remember Smile
LeGrand—