Last Letter of Corporal Fujio Wakamatsu to His Mother
On June 3, 1945, Corporal Fujio Wakamatsu took off from Chiran Air Base as a
member of the 111th Shinbu Special Attack Squadron and died in a special attack
west of Okinawa at the age of 19. He piloted an Army Type 97 Fighter (Allied
code name of Nate). After his death in a special attack, he received a four-rank
promotion to Second Lieutenant. He was from Kagoshima Prefecture and was a
member of the 15th Class of the Army Youth Pilot (Rikugun Shōhi) training
He wrote the following final letter to his mother:
Now there is no complaint.
I go smiling in my last and also my first act of filial piety.
Please say "well done" without crying and prepare a dumpling (dango) before
As for the doll, please think of me.
Give my regards to my older brother, older sister, and Kazumi .
In my haste, please look at this handwriting.
Give my regards also to all of the neighbors.
Mother, I go smiling. Take care.
The original letter is show below.
Letter of Fujio Wakamatsu to Mother
Letter translated by Bill Gordon
The letter and biographical information on this page come from Chiran Tokkō Irei Kenshō
Kai (2005, 141, 219) and Osuo (2005, 205).
1. The Japanese word keishi can mean one older brother and one older sister
or more than one.
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.