Letter to Yoshiko-san

First graders of the national elementary school should do their studies in good spirits.

The South Seas is pretty. The coral forests are beautiful.

The shade of the trees is cool.

The swallows fly quickly above.

By the time that Yoshiko is going to school, the swallows will probably return to the mainland.

Remember to play happily with little Nobuko and Takayoshi.

To Yoshiko-san

Hiromu Matoba Mikoto
Lance Corporal, Japanese Army
Killed in Action on August 6, 1943, in the Seas About 10 Kilometers Northwest of Kolombangara Island, Solomon Islands
Born in Sue-mura, Ayauta-gun, Kagawa Prefecture
Age: 29