Letter from LeGrand to Wife and Sons, December 10, 1945
[Written from Japan, where LeGrand was part of the U.S. Army of Occupation, to his wife and sons in Logan, Utah.]
10 December 1945
My darling Wife & Sons,
Time for a few short lines from this side of the good old earth again this evening. I am in the barber shop. The first I have been able to find time to write from the shop for a few days. This is just as good a place to write from as any place that I know. If there is no one around I will be able to write a better letter. If someone comes around I'll be able to pick up a few odd cents. So no matter how things go it will be a good deal.
The last few days maybe a week I have put two or 3 10 in a letter — one in each letter. There is so much red tape around here to go through to get a money order. They want to cut down on black market, so they are putting nearly to a halt this business of sending money home only just what our pay checks amount to and I have received no check of late. So I sent a few cabbage leaves along. If they come O.r. if they are lost O.r. I am still winners because you told me of a few that reached you and that is more than the army pays besides what I have spent for clippers, etc.
The Radio gram that you sent reached me this evening. It was rather late but it reached me. 3 or 4 letters arrived from you ahead of the Radio gram.
Say if you are able to get hold of a barber comb or two through Joyce or Sherwin wrap them up a little and put them in an Air Mail letter. I think they will make the grade in good shape. A long envelope maybe will hold the comb and a few sheets of paper that you have written on. Combs are worth $5.00 each over here and if a fellow could find a good little barber comb he would be willing to give $6.50 or $7.00 for it. If you can tell just how scarce combs are.
Yes this is a great old life and the topic of discussion foremost in everyone's talk is home. Some talk of going home in 2 or 3 months, others talk of going home by 4 July, still others talk of going home by next Xmas that is 46. Even in the schools that have been set up everyone's mind is plumb back to the Good old U.S.A. And fellows who can get a little interested in some line bank on going home & using what they learn to make a living for a family.
Well I just cut 3 more heads of hair, 6 today on the side for a pocket book minus tithing. So that is pretty good.
It's bed time now so I'd do well to close. Keep smiling my dear and don't work too hard over the boys. Give them a big hug for me. Remember I love yours truly.
Chin up & Smile
Envelope postmarked Dec 13, 1945 by the Army Postal Service
Pvt. W.L. Whipple 39943825
Co. L. 123 Inf APO 33
% P.M. San Francisco Calif.
Mrs. Erline A. Whipple
265 North 3rd East