Received your letter of July 29th and was very glad to
hear from you and Ben.
Yesterday we heard splendid news. Japan had sent a peace feeler to the
United Nations thru Sweden and Switzerland and the news was treated
joyously all thru the world except United States. The radio also said that
the general public opinion in the states was that we continue fighting.
I'd like to see some of those civilians and patriots (?) out doing some of
the fighting. I think that's a damn disgrace to the nation. I should also
think that they'd show some consideration for the men who have been
fighting the Japs since 1941 through jungles, heat, disease and death from
New Guinea to Okinawa and on beachheads throughout the Pacific islands.
They are the men who should decide and not those people sitting at home
growing rich on war contracts. I myself have been in this Army for 3 1/2
years now. Those 3 1/2 years were the best of my life and now I'll have to
start a new life when I pass my 26th birthday.
The men in my squadron showed how they felt last night. I think they
expressed the feeling of ten million other men in uniform. You never saw
the news treated with such enthusiasm. We immediately proceeded to get
drunk and started bon fires. Star shells and flares lit up the sky in a
beautiful fireworks display. Every word and every motion expressed a
joyous feeling that, at last, hostilities had or would cease. It really
was a disappointment to find people back home voted or expressed opinions
to continue the war to it's end or to such a time as Japan surrendered
unconditionally. This new atomic bomb might cause Japan to surrender to
our terms in the near future but we'll never forget that we were let down
by the people at home.
I can only thank G-d that you and the family think as I do in this
matter. I know you'd give anything and everything to have us back home
That's about all I can think of to say at the present so I'll say
Here's hoping to see you soon