6 October 1945

Dear Mom:

Well, we are approaching our destination.  It is now 6:30 p.m.  We should enter Tokyo Bay about 5 a.m. and dock in Yokohama around 11 a.m.

When we tie-up in Yokohama it will mean that we have completed a trip of better than 7,000 miles from Seattle.

Since we left Guam, the weather has turned cooler and the seas have been running heavier.  It is quite bouncy now but I am glad that it is.  It is not quite so monotonous.

The last few nights I have been sleeping right on deck.  It is always nice and cool up there and the air is so fresh.

These novel envelopes were mimeographed aboard ship.  Make a nice souvenir.  I am enclosing a smaller one and also a copy of the shipís paper.  Would like for you to keep all of these for my scrap Ė book.

I donít know whether we will be able to see Mt Fujiyama from Yokohama or not.  Anyway, I intend too see it.  We are going to be close to Tokyo and other Jap cities.  I  certainly intend to see all of Japan I can.

Iíll close this letter for now but wonít seal it.  If I get time tomorrow morning, I add a few lines. If I donít get the time, Iíll seal it and get it in the mail as soon as possible.

7 Oct 1945

Well, we saw the first piece of Japan this morning about 6 a.m.  We are now entering the Bay.

So far, there isnít much to see.  Just island rising out of the sea.

We can see quite a few of our warships lying on the horizon.

Well, I could probably wait and add a few more lines.  However, I am going to close.  Will write you at the first opportunity ashore.

Love to all

Billy