A POSTCARD WRITTEN LONG AGO
By Henry Sakaida

From time to time, little mysteries would land in my lap. Like a small sliver under my skin, it is discomforting and the only way to find peace is to remove it. Or solve the mystery. It’s so much easier to remove the sliver!

A colored Japanese postcard, written by a child, was found on Iwo Jima by Warren W. Carpenter.

 

Warren W. Carpenter

Back in the early 1990s, I received a request from a former GI concerning a colored postcard which he picked up on Iwo Jima in WWII. His name was Warren W. Carpenter of Seekonk, Massachusetts.  He wrote that he came upon lots of dead Japanese, all puffed up in the sun. Personal items were scattered about, and he simply picked up a postcard as a souvenir. It had a return address. The souvenir no longer had any meaning to the old vet and he asked me to return it to the family if possible.

The message on the postcard read: Uncle Tomo-san,
Thank you for your letter. My family is fine and well.
Yasuo can walk  now and can play with Shiro-chan soon.
Please take care of yourself.
Good bye
From Yasuko

postcard

Suekichi Yoshihara, younger brother of Tomokichi who received the postcard,  and Yasuko Kitazawa. She wrote the postcard to her 2nd cousin when she was 5 years old.

 

I located the letter writer, Yasuko  Kitazawa in Japan. She wrote to her second cousin Tomokichi Yoshihara, who failed to return from the war. The missing soldier’s family was astonished! It meant a great deal for them to receive the postcard back.

Just doing the right thing.

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For Books by Henry Sakaida Check Out:

Heroes of the Soviet Union 1941–45

Heroines of the Soviet Union 1941–45

I-400: Japan’s Secret Aircraft Carrying Strike Submarine, Objective Panama Canal

Genda’s Blade: Japan’s Squadron of Aces: 343 Kokutai

Aces of the Rising Sun 1937–1945

B-29 Hunters of the JAAF

One thought on “A POSTCARD WRITTEN LONG AGO TO A FALLEN SOLDIER

  • Very touching. War is so dehumanizing. We (USMC during Vietnam) called our VC and NVA enemies “gooks”–which made it much easier to kill in combat. They were essentially “non-human” to us. It was a psychological way of protecting ourselves from feeling. Now these many years later I’ve come to realize they were young men doing their job, as were we. They missed home and family, felt all the emotions the average “grunt” felt.
    Very emotional story. Thanks for posting it.

    Michael Helms (0311)
    E/2/4, Vietnam, 1967-68

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