I Will Eternally Protect the Japanese Empire

Respectful of His Majesty’s words,
At the mercy of the course of the great ship,
I set out for the revenge of the nation.

Based in the Imperial command, I set off in high spirits. There is no greater long-cherished desire for a man. It goes without saying that life and death is a constant happening on the battlefield. Those who are meant to live, do so, and those who must die, will die. There is no reason to fear. If the unlikely event happens, I will be at the shrine of Yasukuni, and I will eternally protect the Japanese Empire. My grave post should be as small as possible. Many of my books and other items are surely not needed by the public in general. After consulting Nori-dono, please donate them to the national elementary schools. By so doing, my ideals would have been put to use in the nation’s education. I conclude with a prayer for the happiness and prosperity of the Japanese Empire.

On an auspicious day in April of the Imperial Era, 2,604.
                              From: Teruo
To: Father

Teruo Aoki Mikoto              
First Lieutenant, Japanese Army
Killed in Action on August 21, 1944, in Natsu-shima, Truk Islands
Born in Nakano-machi, Shimotakai-gun, Nagano Prefecture
Age: 24