Letter from LeGrand to Wife and Sons, April 13, 1946
[Written from Japan, where LeGrand was part of the U.S. Army of Occupation, to his wife and sons in Logan, Utah.]
#559 13 April
Dearest Wife & Sons,
Greetings this Saturday evening Sweetheart. It falls my lot to be at the receiver shack this evening. It has been a long evening; it is now about 9:40 P.M. We have changed frequencies on our circuits and so far or I should say at the present time things are coming along pretty well for this time of the night.
We are picking state side music or I should say music from Australia. Just now this second they announced and said they were going off the air now; there is a lot of noise coming over the deal —— Not that is a different kind of noise. Japanese music. I just now switched the dial. I don't know how to tell you about the music. It's typical oriental music about the same as any that you have heard before.
Here is a sample of what we call tape. Whenever something comes in we want to rewrite we turn on our tape machine & it puts the message in form of this. In the course of an hour enough tape runs off from one channel to tie up a young ox.
Just this evening we were making tape of the news that came from San Francisco. My thoughts went back to the Pup (Ted) in Montana. The dear little fellow how he rolled toilet paper all over the yard. Walter learned to say (Ted). Walter & Ted. I have their picture in my bill fold still. Along with our wedding picture. A picture of the boy in the high chair with potatoes all over his face. A picture of Walter's mom before she left Logan, and a picture of Walter's mom & dad by a tree on the tabernacle lawn.
Now I logged or made an entry in the log for 1300 zero time 13th of April. The radio is still on a Jap station they are bringing some better music at the present time now.
Say, there is one thing that I got to thinking about since I wrote that letter to you the other day. I don't remember the number — some time just after I came to Yokohama from Sendai. The letter contained a reminder to see the Red Cross. Well, in view of everything that has come up since that day perhaps now would be a good time to take back some of it if I may.
Perhaps that letter has caused you a good deal of worry and if it has you can stop because in the mean time enough papers came drifting in out of the clear blue sky to give a dozen fellows enough reason to get out of the army.
Affidavits (4 of them). I took them to the Red Cross; she said there is plenty of reason to get a release. So I turned them in to the company three days ago. Within a week I should know one way or the other, and from everything that I am able to gather there is a plenty good enough chance to get out of here.
Course now don't build your hopes too high because lots could happen to the papers.
Say, my mate just came back from the hut with a fruit cake that was mailed from America in time for Xmas, but he received it today. Well aged and plenty good I must say.
Where was I? Oh yes. Don't build up your hopes too high till you hear for sure and don't worry, I'll keep you posted. I have been keeping a record of the letters I sent to you since I went to Sendai. This is the 20th letter since 21 March #540 through 559. Perhaps Ididn't make a #540 but it is the number that should have gone on the letter I wrote 21 March. Before then I didn't keep a record so I don't know for sure just how many letters I sent & when. One of the boys I went to Sendai with numbered every letter and his folks numbered every letter. He only missed two letters in two years. He saw action in the European theater and in the Pacific. In all his travels he only missed two letters.
Well it's time to close for now sweetheart. Remember I love you & the boys. Every cloud must have a silver lining. The darkest hour is many times just before the daylight, so take it easy sweetheart. I'll be seeing you soon I hope.
Pvt. W.L. Whipple 39943825
Co. A. 3159 Signal APO 503
% P.M. San Fran Calif.
Mrs. Erline A. Whipple
265 North 3rd East