Don Floyd in Japan Now
Don Floyd, son of
Mr. and Mrs. George Floyd, is now in Japan, but hopes soon to be
returned to the states. He writes under date of September 24th, 1945 as
Well it is raining tonight so the movie was canceled
and I will drop you a few lines. I am feeling swell and hope you can say
I had liberty yesterday and went to Yokasuha. I got
some souvenirs and am sending a picture. It is of some Japanese girls.
The girls over here aren't too bad looking. It's either that or I
haven't seen a white girl for so long I've forgotten what they look
like. They say after you have been here for six months the blackest ones
We went through a Jap civilian hospital with a Jap nurse who
could speak a little English. She showed us everything and how it
worked. There were a lot of pretty girls around there, but hardly any
men. Very friendly, too. All the kids know is "hello", "goodbye" and
"gum". They beg for chewing gum. We also went by a school where some
little kids were studying.
Things over here are really bombed out but somehow the people
don't really notice the Americans, they just go along as usual with
everyday life. Boy I saw something yesterday. A young healthy boy helped
an old lady put a big heavy load on her back and then they walked
down the street. That's some different from the United States. She must
have been 70 or 80 years old. The Japanese women are sort of a pack
horse. You seldom see a man carry a load.
You can trade cigarettes for anything you want. We pay five
cents for a pack of them and can sell them for 10 yen in Japanese money
(worth about 75 cents in ours) and sometimes even more. Conditions are
pretty bad over here but I guess they had it coming.
We haven't had any mail for a few days so I really don't know
much to write about. We are hoping to get our orders to return to the
states any day now and if we do maybe I can get home for Thanksgiving
with you. I certainly hope so. I will write and tell you when I'm
leaving and when I get to the states I will send you a telegram. Maybe
we will have some other work to do before we return; no one knows, but
we are hoping for the best.
I heard a baseball game, a football game and sort of a
fight on the radio today. It looks like the Cubs are doing ok.
Well folks, I must close for tonight. Hope to see you before
too much longer.