Final Words

Father, I trust all is well with you.
Kiyoshi is also well and hard at work in high spirits. Please do no worry about me. I am sending a copy of the regulations. Please tell Seiichi and Kanichi to use them when joining the army. My long-cherished desire has finally come true. We will be going to the front at last. Yet there is nothing to worry about. I am setting out in increasingly fine spirits. We are heading south. You must be sure to never share this with the neighbors or our relatives. This might be my last letter to you.
Please forgive me for not writing and also my failure to be dutiful to you.
Father, Mother, I will never forget you even after death. I am resolved to perform my filial duties even after I am dead.
I conclude my letter by praying for the health and happiness of Father, Mother, Seiichi, Kanichi, Toshiko, Hisako, Koichi, Kimie and everyone else.

To: Father and Mother

Kiyoshi Hattori Mikoto Sergeant, Japanese Army
Killed in Action on July 18, 1944 in the Direction of the Mariana Islands
Born in Isshiki-cho, Hanzu-gun, Aichi Prefecture
Age: 24