Dear Parents :
congratulate me. I have been given a splendid opportunity to die. This
is my last day. The destiny of our homeland hinges on the decisive battle
in the seas to the south where I shall fall like a blossom from a radiant
I shall be a shield for His Majesty and die cleanly along with my squadron
leader and other friends. I wish that I could be born seven times, each
time to smite the enemy.
How I appreciate this chance to die like a man! I am grateful from the
depths of my heart to the parents who have reared me with their constant
prayers and tender love. And I am grateful as well to my squadron leader
and superior officers who have looked after me as if I were their own
son and given me such careful training.
Thank you, my parents, for the 23 years during which you have cared
for me and inspired me. I hope that my present deed will in some small
way repay what you have done for me. Think well of me and know that
your Isao died for our country. This is my last wish, and there is nothing
else that I desire.
shall return in spirit and look forward to your visit at the Yasukuni
Shrine. Please take good care of yourselves.
glorious is the Special Attack Corps' Giretsu Unit whose Suisei bombers
will attack the enemy. Our goal is to dive against the aircraft carriers
of the enemy. Movie cameramen have been i here to take our pictures.
It is possible that you may see us in newsreels at the theater.
We are I 6 warriors manning the bombers. May our death be as sudden
and clean as the shattering of crystal.
at Manila on the eve of our sortie.
Soaring into the
sky of the southern seas, it is our glorious mission to die as the shields
of His Majesty. Cherry blossoms glisten as they open and fall.