Letter from Paul H. [Kusuda] to [Afton] Nance, 1942 May 20
Kusuda, Paul H., 1922-
"Nance, Afton Dill "
Japanese Americans-- Evacuation and relocation, 1942-1945
Typed letter from Paul H. Kusuda to Afton Nance, 1942 May 20.
May 20, 1942 Dear Mrs. Nance: Here are some copies of the Manzanar Free Press. I sent you a letter as soon
as I got here, but just now, it returned to me because, fool that I am, I forgot to put 3¢ postage on the envelope. I’m very
sorry for that, but, you see, I really was in a hurry to send you my address and I was rushed to try to send it off before
the 4:15 deadline which is the time when the letters are sent out every day except Sunday. Please bear w ith me because
everything in which I formerly believed in has been shot to H. My morale isn’t really low. From now on, I’m not going to
trust anyone when it comes to governmental affairs. To think that I got faily good grades in civics, American History, Political
Science, etc., makes me laugh because Ireall believed in all that I studied. Maybe this darn bitterness will work off – I
hope so. Anyway, I’m waiting for something so that I can again cling to to all that America means to me. I guess that at
the present time, I’m in the throes of meloncholia or something. Perhaps that may be changed. Ihope that it ill change for
the better soon. Here is something to think about --- it made me think for quite a bit. A sentry shot a kid of about
17 or 18 for crossing a line when the former soldier on watch gave the youngster permission to cross the sentry line. What
kind of a deal is it when even kids are shot for such a minor infraction of rules. Darn it all, I’m really disgusted with
it all. Hasta la vista, Paul H.
Japanese American National Museum
1942 May 20
1 item ( 1 p. letter) ; sheet 21 x 13 cm.
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