My Last Words

Human life is like dewdrops on the grass.

There is no greater long-cherished desire than to live in this glorious age and become an unsightly shield for His Majesty.

My filial duties to Mother have not been sufficient.
While praying for the happiness of the family members, who survive me, my lack of virtue exceeds my prayers. I deeply apologize for this.
The path of human life is not smooth.
Combine your efforts and advance with daring and indomitable spirit for the sake of the country.

I will be by your side and surely protect you.

Kenma Oka Mikoto
Captain, Japanese Army
Killed in Action on September 21, 1944, in the direction of western New Guinea
Born in Teyose-uemachi, Fukui-shi, Fukui Prefecture
Age: 47