Mother, Please Send Me Off With a Smile

Mother, I haven°«t written to you for a while. Tadao is in increasingly good health and daily devoting himself to his tasks.
We have suddenly been entrusted with a vital mission and will be leaving for a certain destination.
While I have nothing left to say to you, it pains me to think that I will leave you without returning even a fraction of your love and kindness in educating me for 23 years to become a fine soldier of the Japanese Empire.
I feel that your troubles until now could never be described even you had written of them. It was my long-cherished desire to make you happy some day but there is no way that I can do so at this time.
Nevertheless, as a man who was born in Great Japan, I now happily leave for the front knowing that I am proceeding on the path of the ultimate filial piety. Mother, please send me off with a smile°ń.
Well, then, I leave for the front with a smile while praying for your happiness and the good fortune of our relatives and neighbors.
April 5
Tadao
To Mother



Tadao Nagatome Mikoto
Sergeant, Japanese Army
Killed in Action on April 16, 1945 in the Seas Near Mikurajima of the Izu Islands
Born in Ishiki-mura, Kagoshima-gun, Kagoshima-ken
Age: 23

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