Last Letter of Flight Petty Officer 1st Class Kōshirō Takasu to His Older Sister
At 1415 on August 9, 1945, Flight Petty Officer 1st Class Kōshirō Takasu
took off from Kisarazu Air Base in Chiba Prefecture as pilot of a Ryūsei torpedo
dive bomber (Allied code name of Grace) carrying an 800-kg bomb and died in a
special (suicide) attack off Kinkasan in Miyagi Prefecture at the age of 23. He
was a member of the Kamikaze Special Attack Corps 7th Mitate 
Squadron 2nd Ryūsei Unit from the 752nd Naval Air Group. He grew up in Brazil
and moved with his family to Aichi Prefecture. He was a member of the 15th Hei Class of the
Navy's Yokaren (Preparatory Flight Training Program).
He wrote the following final letter:
Dear Older Sister,
I give my sincere greetings to you. In the end there is nothing to say.
Since we returned to Japan from Brazil in South America, the country of
everlasting summer, I appreciate from the bottom of my heart your good
teaching and guidance for me who did not know anything.
Japanese military life, an unknown life until after I joined the Navy,
was my final place of spiritual enlightenment. After joining the Navy, I
honed and purified both my body and spirit through training day and night.
Now I go to fall for the Emperor and country.
I regret going and falling without having accomplished the things that
Mother earnestly told me and requested of me when we returned to Japan.
Finally, I deeply regret troubles that I caused for our aged parents.
Now I have a clear feeling. It is the feeling of a clean slate. Close to me
I have photos of our parents and relatives. Everyone, take care.
Now I go to make an attack.
Letter translated by Bill Gordon
The letter comes from Yasukuni Jinja (1997, 17-8). The biographical
information in the first paragraph comes from Osuo (2005,
233) and Yasukuni Jinja (1997, 17).
1. Mitate means shield.
Osuo, Kazuhiko. 2005. Tokubetsu kōgekitai no kiroku (kaigun
hen) (Record of special attack corps (Navy)). Tōkyō: Kōjinsha.
Yasukuni Jinja, ed. 1997. Eirei
no koto no ha (3) (Words of the spirits of war heroes, Volume 3).
Tōkyō: Yasukuni Jinja Shamusho.