Letter from LeGrand to Wife and Sons, January 27, 1946
27 January 1946
Dearest Wife & Sons,
Greetings this Sunday evening from Tsurumi, Japan. Yes a small settlement some 8 or 10 miles from Tokyo and 5 or 6 miles from Yokohama. One day last week we went to Yokohama, the largest sea port in Japan, and this day we went to Tokyo. The first national capitol that I have visited in this world. And is there ever a large percentage of buildings on the ground and up in smoke. It is surprising or hard to realize the amount or the extent of damage that was done by the Air Corps.
And interestingly enough 90% of the buildings that were bombed were buildings that housed war plants or buildings that contributed to producing or turning out implements of war. Very few rail roads were touched, although many plants built right along the rail roads were completely destroyed. It is a sorrowful day or sight to see.
Most of the Japanese people that I have had an occasion to converse with have been willing to express their happiness that the war has come to an end. And they are not any happier than a lot of American people. Still, in America folks haven't seen the effects of war to any degree at all.
Go through Logan City or any or all cities of America & burn or bomb 9 out of every 10 buildings, cut the food supply 90%, take clothing off the market for 5 or 6 years, take the automobiles and gasoline, take 80% or 90% of the coal, wood, electricity and all the natural gas, destroy 50% of the water supply or system and put all the sewage disposal systems out of order, put telephone & telegraph sets out of order, disable 80% of the radio stations, put every available male from 15 to 50 out of civilian life into the army, put 50% of the females from 15 to 50 in war plants, and the remainder of the women and children and old men on the farms, take a few young girls 17 or 18 for to operate the electric trains and take tickets on steam lines, and you have a hazy picture of how folks got along up to September.
Then see thousands of American troops swarm into the nation with a sense of fear at first, then gradually find out that Americans are genuine peace loving fellows. Most of them has a tender heart that pounds in their system, yet set to enforce a few simple laws of democracy combined with the losing side in this big conflict.
The news is coming in over the radio just now. The first radio news that I have heard in a long time. Still in the long run I suppose the news is just what they want us to know about just as it is with the newspapers. Up to now the discharge business is pretty rough looking. Still we should be home in the not too far distant future.
While in Yokohama I read an announcement that L.D.S. services are held Monday evening. I don't know if I will be able to make the service or not. I aim to try, however.
There isn't much more news on the line this evening, so I'd do well to sign off for now. Gather the boys in your arms and give them a big hug and a kiss for their father or dad. Remember my dear I love you with all my heart.
Keep smiling, sweetheart.