Letter to Younger Sister

Kikuchan, please forgive me for not writing to you for so long.
I am in increasingly good spirits and working for the sake of the nation. Are you well, Kikuchan?
And are you going to school every day?
How time passes so quickly. It is already two years since I departed.
During that time I am sure that you listened carefully to what your teachers and Father and Mother told you, become wonderful, and have grown much taller.
If it were possible, I would really like to see you.
It is now a busy time so you are probably babysitting after returning from school.
But you must not forget to study hard even when you are babysitting.
Kochan must also be well.
Please live happily together.
Well then, I”Ēll write again sometime.

Tomio Munakata Mikoto
Maintenance Petty Officer 2nd Class, Japanese Navy
Killed in Action on February 6, 1944, in the South Sea Islands
Born in Yomogita-mura, Ishikawa-gun, Fukushima Prefecture
Age: 24