Letter from LeGrand to Wife and Sons, February 10, 1946
[Written from Japan, where LeGrand was part of the U.S. Army of Occupation, to his wife and sons in Logan, Utah.]
10 February 1946
Dearest Wife & Sons,
Greetings this Sunday from Tokyo. Yes, I am in once again to attend L.D.S. services in the Capital of the once mighty nation. So far as a City of Japan is concerned, this city is the most modern of the group that I have had the privilege. Most of the building were destroyed 1925 by earth quake & built up again earth quake proof. Incidentally lots of them was built fire proof and to a degree bomb proof. So the incendiary bombs that the B-29 brought burned the wooden structures but lots of buildings were left.
It was the poor people's buildings that were burned, but the occupation forces have taken over the lots of the buildings left, so as a general rule the rich & poor are put on the same level once again. Especially in the line of food, it is nearly so hard for the rich to get food as it is for the poor.
From the looks of the news the fathers will be out of Japan by 1 July, and it is quite possible that the fellows with two children will be leaving before long now. I was placed in an outfit where there were very few fathers, maybe 10% or 15%, and maybe 5% or 7% with two children. So they can get rid of us and not be hit too hard.
We have been on the move for 2 or 3 days, but as yet haven't settled down. The paint on the floor of our new location was still wet so we moved back for a few days to our old sleeping quarters. Just how soon we get back with or onto the job no one seems to know or give a darn, but I should worry—the Army doesn't pay me to worry, so I don't.
My system has been filled with joy when I think how good it would be to get back to the Rockies with you my Sweetheart, but the flip of my thinking machine brings a reality of how far apart we are by miles. Still these oceans & land between us has brought you closer to my heart.
A letter can't do much more than carry one's love over the ways, but May this letter carry a reminder to you once more that I love Sweetheart.
Envelope postmarked Feb 11, 1946 by the Army Postal Service
Pvt. W.L. Whipple 39943825
3159 Sig Service BN.
Co. A. APO 503
% P.M. San Fran Calif.
Mrs. Erline A. Whipple
265 North 3rd East