Letter from LeGrand to Wife and Sons, December 25, 1945

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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.]

25 Dec 1945

My Dearest Wife and Sons,

Christmas morning on this side of the globe. So stand by for a short line while all is quiet on the Western or eastern front. The weather is fair. Last evening there was a few show flurries, but nothing to amount to a show storm. It's too close to the ocean to get much snow, but 80 or so miles away they have 6 or 8 inches of show. Well before too long there will be a great reunion. At least I am hoping that the hour won't be too many months away.

Some of the hottest rumors state that the fellows with two children will leave by 5th of next month. Still this fellow isn't building his hopes too high because something may come up that we will be over here for a year or two!

They just came through and announced that chow would be at 1:30 or 13:30. Company formation and every one of us go to chow at the same time. No doubt they are going to feed family style as they did on Thanksgiving. One good meal today & perhaps a snack of some sort.

Say you would do well to send me a birth certificate of William as soon as you can. I don't know for sure just how they arrange their affairs on the records, but perhaps I need a certificate. I aim to find out in a day or two. Perhaps I will send a Radio gram if I find out for sure that I need a paper of certificate. So don't worry too much about this letter only if a radio gram comes when I think the 15th time. In other words, you needn't send a birth certificate unless you hear more in another letter or a radio gram (O.K.)?

You know my mind don't seem to work too well of late. That is when it comes to letter writing I am unable to think of something to say.

Did I tell you that I received your care that you sent from the hospital, the one telling me that a new special shipment came through or arrived. I also heard from Rosella—or I received the card and Rosella's letter on 24 Dec—the letters that were mailed 15 Dec.

Well I will close for the Xmas day & extend yule tide greetings to you all. May the coming year be joyful and prosperous for you.

Remember I love you all back home.

Keep smiling


Envelope postmarked Dec 27, 1946 by the Army Postal Service
Return address:
Pvt. W.L. Whipple 39943825
Co. L. 123 Inf APO 333
% P.M. San Francisco Calif.

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