I Will Die a Splendid Death

Dispensing with the preliminaries (Forgive me for writing in pencil),
Thank you for the other day.
The time has finally come for me to go to the front.
I send you my unneeded articles. Contained are a clock and a bankbook (cash is inside).
The clock is returned to Elder Brother.
Please give the bankbook to Tazuko as the expense for a sewing machine.
Nineteen years have passed since I was born into the world. I have not discharged a single of my filial duties to Mother. Please forgive me for this sin of undutifulness.
I will die a splendid death as a subject of His Majesty.
To live in the sky,
To die in the sky,
Is the long-cherished desire of a man.
I end by praying for the good health of everyone.
From: Eiji
To: Mother

Eiji Hazama Mikoto
Seaman, Naval Aviation
Killed in Action on December 28, 1943 in the Direction of the Bismarck Archipelago
Born in Sumiyoshi-ku, Osaka-shi, Osaka Prefecture
Age: 19