I Only Ask That You Take Good Care of Mother

°ńFrom the time that I entrusted my life to the naval aviation world I was ready for today. As a soldier and again an aviator of the glorious Imperial navy, to die brilliantly in action in the enemy°«s skies is the ultimate honor and there is no greater long-cherished desire for a man°ń. I only ask that you take good care of mother. Since she is old please allow her to live in comfort as much as possible. Please give her as much spending money as she needs and let her visit temples and places that she wishes to do and do your best to console her. This is all that I earnestly ask of you, Older Brother°ń. If I should die in action the elementary school children of our village will probably come to my funeral. They°«re darling children. I am looking forward to this°ń.
Well then, good-bye Older Brother. Please be in good health and do your very best.
I pray for the health and happiness of Mother and everyone.

Night of May 25, 1939

My last message to you for a second time. Teiichi

To: Older Brother, Ichitaro


Teiichi Onishi Mikoto
Aviation Chief Petty Officer, Japanese Navy
Killed in Action on December 26, 1939 in Lanzhou, Gansu Province, Republic of China
Born in Yasuhara-mura, Kagawa-gun, Kagawa Prefecture

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