Letter from LeGrand to Wife and Sons, April 8, 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.]

#556 8 April 1946

Greetings Dear Wife & Sons,

Time for a short line to extend thanks for the seeds that I received this day—two letters or envelopes with 8 packs arrived. Cabbage. Spinach. Turnip. Carrot. 2 Radish. Onions & Parsnip. Thanks Sweetheart Thanks thanks. Now I have a few more things on my mind so time should start rolling by a little faster.

Yesterday I hitched to Tokyo. Guess what happened? Right, I went to L.D.S. church. Only yesterday was extra special. Semi-annual conference. Some 470 attended. Fellows from every section of Japan, some from the mainland of Asia and some from the islands of Hawaii.

And the fellows and girls that I met that I had known some time before—And one of my best acquaintances. A boy from Lake View, David Smith—He lives the first house from the church house towards Dad's place—On the same side of the road as the church. We had an enjoyable afternoon and evening together talking about the rocks we used to throw at each other. You know some of the rocks we threw at each other we decided were so big that we couldn't lift them. Then the next day we were the best of friends.

Yes, Sunday our shifts lined up just right. I worked Sat. Midnight to 8 AM, then went to Tokyo & spent all day & came back. Was still able to get a good night's sleep before I went on my next shift at 8 AM this morning.

This day the mail man brought letters from you. Your mom and from Dad. So far as I am able to tell from th letters everything seems to be running smoothly back home, both at Dad's place and at your folks' place.

Well, this letter isn't long, but it will carry my love to you again this day and also a reminder that this fellow thinks of you often. I love you Sweetheart—

Remember Smile

Return address:
Pfc. W.L. Whipple 39943825
Co. A. 3159 Signal APO 503
% P.M. San Fran Calif.

Addressed to:
Mrs. Erline A. Whipple
265 North 3rd East
Logan, Utah