Heroic Kamikaze Special
Attack Corps: Collected last
letters of youth that
would not return (1983)
Last Letter of Ensign Kōzō Koizumi to His Parents
At 1423 on April 29, 1945, Ensign Kōzō Koizumi took off
from Kanoya Air Base as pilot in a Zero Fighter Trainer carrying a 250-kg bomb and died in a special (suicide) attack
off Okinawa at the age of 21. He was a member of the Kamikaze Special Attack
Corps 5th Shōwa Squadron from Yatabe Naval Air Group in Ibaraki
Prefecture. He was from Kanagawa Prefecture, attended Yokohama College of
Commerce, and was a member of the 14th Class of the Navy's Flight Reserve
Students (Hikō Yobi Gakusei).
He wrote the following final letter:
Dear Father and Mother,
I think that tomorrow we in the Shōwa Unit also finally will receive
an order in the OO  No. OO Operation.
As long as the enemy task force does not appear again, we will make
sure-hit taiatari (body-crashing) attacks on enemy ships where they
are at in the anchorage at Nakagusuku Bay or Kadena Bay at the main island
of Okinawa, and we will destroy them completely.
Under a dim oil lamp with all of my preparations completely finished, I
am writing my final letter with a peaceful feeling.
Please imagine me as Father's son standing calmly and full of
self-confidence. It is best that you have no worries at all concerning me
and that you be at ease.
Finally, I deeply thank you for your kindness to me. I pray for your
health and for great joy for the Koizumi Family.
April 27, 10 p.m.
Letter translated by Bill Gordon
The letter comes from Kitagawa (1983, 186-7). The biographical information in the first paragraph comes from
(1983, 186) and Osuo (2005, 204).
1. The OO indicates that the information could not
be shown in correspondence to civilians, since it was considered a military
Kitagawa, Mamoru, ed. 1983. Sōretsu kamikaze tokkōtai: Kaerazaru seishun no isho
shū (Heroic Kamikaze Special Attack Corps:
Collected last letters of youth that would not return). Tōkyō: Nihon Bungeisha.
Osuo, Kazuhiko. 2005. Tokubetsu kōgekitai no kiroku (kaigun
hen) (Record of special attack corps (Navy)). Tōkyō: Kōjinsha.