Last Words

Today, this letter has been finally opened.
From the time of my enlistment and departure to the front, I do not expect to return alive. I first offer my gratitude to Father and to everyone for your kindness.
From the time of my leaving for the front, I did not worry in the least about our family life and entrusted everything to Hatsuko and Father.
Where Shuji will be as a civilian employee of the military is unclear. I ask that household matters be dealt with by Father and Shuji.
Hatsuko, please become a good wife. Ryoichi, study hard and become a fine citizen of Japan.
Work together, help Father and build a good home. Do not try to solve your worries about the family on your own, but I ask that you consult our relatives. I have written separately to them about this.
I hope for the happiness and safety of all our family.
Shuji, Hatsuko, Hanako, Ryoichi,

I ask that you all, that you all work together, help Father, and do your best for the Great Empire of Japan.
Father, please look after yourself and enjoy the rest of your life.
That is all.
March 1944.
When enlisting and setting out.

To: Father, Shuji, Hatsuko, Hanako, Ryoichi

Koichi Tsujimoto Mikoto
Corporal, Japanese Army
Death From Illness Contracted at the Front on November 30, 1945, in Komsomolsk Internment Camp, Khabarovsk Territory, Siberia
Born in Naniwa-ku, Osaka-shi, Osaka Prefecture
Age: 23