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Last Letter of Flight Petty Officer 2nd Class Kazuo Yamaguchi to His Parents

At 1310 on April 6, 1945, Flight Petty Officer 2nd Class Kazuo Yamaguchi took off from Kokubu No. 1 Air Base as pilot in a Zero fighter carrying a 250-kg bomb. He was a member of the Kamikaze Special Attack Corps 3rd Mitate Squadron from the 252nd Naval Air Group. He died in a special (suicide) attack off Amami Ōshima at the age of 19. He was from Yamaguchi Prefecture and was a member of the 12th Kō Class of the Navy's Yokaren (Preparatory Flight Training Program).

He wrote the following final letter:

Dear Father and Mother,

Now I depart for death.

There is nothing to say.

Please forgive me for the many times when I lacked filial piety during my lifetime.


Letter translated by Bill Gordon
July 2018

The letter comes from Matsugi (1971, 130). The biographical information in the first paragraph comes from Matsugi (1971, 130) and Osuo (2005, 230).

Sources Cited

Matsugi, Fujio, ed. 1971. Kaigun tokubetsu kōgekitai no isho (Last letters of Navy Special Attack Corps). Tōkyō: KK Bestsellers.

Osuo, Kazuhiko. 2005. Tokubetsu kōgekitai no kiroku (kaigun hen) (Record of special attack corps (Navy)). Tōkyō: Kōjinsha.