Final Letter

While I have not written to you for some time, I feel that you must be getting alone. Since arriving back I have become increasingly healthy and I am diligently performing my duties, so please do not worry about me.
Today we have again received an order to engage in operations in the direction of XX. During the operations I will not be able to write to you, so please do not worry if you do not hear from me.
For the sake of the Emperor.... I will give full play to all my abilities and make greater effort.
I feel my last letter to you will be when we receive our orders to sail and set out for our post. It seems that I will cause you some worry that that time. However, I do not know when that will be.
When this letter reaches Father, the green Rokkosan and the surrounding mountains should be yellowish brown.
I close by praying for everyone°«s good health.
When, then, I set out for my duty post.
Please send me off happily.
Good-bye

Mitsuo Nishijima 129 Hokoku maru, care of Kure


Mitsuo Nishijima Mikoto
Petty Officer, Japanese Navy
Killed in Action on November 11, 1942 in the Indian Ocean
Born in Uga-mura, Toyoura-gun, Yamaguchi Prefecture
Age: 24

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