Last Letter of Sergeant Major Yoshinori Kaminari to His Parents
On April 22, 1945, Sergeant Major Yoshinori Kaminari took off from Chiran Air
Base and died in a special (suicide) attack west of Okinawa at the age of 25. He
was a member of the 80th Shinbu Special Attack Squadron. He piloted an Army Type
99 Advanced Trainer (Ki-55, Allied code name of Ida). After his death in a
special attack, he received a promotion to Second Lieutenant. He was from
Kagoshima Prefecture and was a non-commissioned officer who entered the Army in
He wrote the following final letter addressed to his parents:
Dear Father and Mother,
I deeply appreciate your kindness for more than twenty years.
I only regret my lack of filial piety.
The feelings of a father and mother are understood by a child, and the
child's feelings are understood by the father and mother.
Now I will participate in my long-cherished desire of the Special Attack
Corps. I will fall in the desired place of the Nansei Islands, our old home,
which has turned into a battlefield.
I believe in victory, and I wish you good luck.
Letter translated by Bill Gordon
The letter and biographical information on this page come from Chiran Tokkō Irei Kenshō
Kai (2005, 115, 217) and Osuo (2005, 202-3).
Chiran Tokkō Irei Kenshō Kai (Chiran Special Attack
Memorial Society), ed. 2005. Konpaku no kiroku: Kyū rikugun tokubetsu
kōgekitai chiran kichi (Record of departed spirits: Former Army Special
Attack Corps Chiran Base). Revised edition, originally published in 2004. Chiran Town, Kagoshima
Prefecture: Chiran Tokkō Irei Kenshō Kai.
Osuo, Kazuhiko. 2005. Tokubetsu kōgekitai no kiroku (rikugun hen)
(Record of special attack corps (Army)). Tōkyō: Kōjinsha.