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.

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