Letter from LeGrand to Wife and Sons, January 2, 1946
[Written from Japan, where LeGrand was part of the U.S. Army of Occupation, to his wife and sons in Logan, Utah.]
2 January 1946
My Darling Wife & Sons,
"Time waits for no one." so they say and this fellow is slowly beginning to realize how fast the years are rolling by. This past year or 8 months have been long and drawn out — Longer than any one could ever imagine. But before too long now things should begin to look better about or towards getting back to America.
One might figure this trip as a waste of time for him but to me this trip to Japan has been worth quite a bit in dollars and cents. A ticket from America to this Island worth $500.00 or more. Plus hotel, food, train tickets and souvenirs. A fellow could go through $5000.00 in 2 or 3 month vacation in this or any foreign land.
Now we can get on a train or bus or streetcar or go in any theater. See the best Operas and we don't push a nickel. Just walk in. Some of the ticket takers know Hello or a few phrases and those who don't use their own language & we can understand a little.
Yes, its worth a lot to anyone still this fellow has been 100% ready to leave this land from the day he first set foot on the island. The Army spoils a visit for anyone . Still one has to pay for anything in this old world that has any value. So this fellow can afford to pay a little for this experience. This test or something along that line.
It will be a happy day when I can walk into Logan & drop in for a while. 60 or 70 years and visit or live with my family once again.
The year 1945 was rounded out and crowned with a L.D.S. conference at Osaka, Japan — 30 Dec we had a fine 4 hour meeting. Lots of music — and food for thought that did my old soul good..
They have a music rig in this red cross canteen that plays records. The record "When It's Spring time In the Rockies" — Yes it will be a great day to come back to the Rockies when its Spring time.
Well it's time for me to be moving along for now, so I'll sign off with Lots of love to you. Remember I love you my Dear.
Envelope postmarked Jan 4, 1946 by the Army Postal Service
Pvt. W.L. Whipple 39943825
3159 Sig Service BN.
Co. L. APO 33
% P.M. San Francisco, Calif.
Mrs. Erline A. Whipple
265 North 3rd East