In Body and Soul I Feel As Clear As the Cloudless Sky

Father and Mother,

As I said in my earlier letter I have nothing to regret. I received Mother°«s letter through Hojo. Everything is going well for me. I am really a lucky person.
Father, please enjoy increasingly good health and live a long life.
Your twenty-seven years of upbringing will now truly be given concrete expression by Yoshio. As I leave our homeland there is only joy in my heart for being able to take part in the decisive battle.
The tide of the war will indeed determine the rise or fall of our Empire.
I leave for the front. I will attack and attack and seize the position°ń.
In body and soul I truly feel as clear as the cloudless sky.
If you receive word that I have died in battle, greatly rejoice for me.
Well, then, I leave for the front. I hope you will keep yourselves well.

Father and Mother

Yoshio Teramura Mikoto
Captain, Japanese Army
Killed in Action on March 27, 1945 in the Clark Mountains, Luzon, Philippines
Born in Seribashi-machi, Hikone-shi, Shiga Prefecture
Age: 28