In view of what has happened this morning, I feel compelled to write you. Have just heard a few minutes ago that Japan has really declared war now and that we will retaliate immediately. Bulletins are constantly coming over the air that all leaves and passes are cancelled and just a moment ago a bulletin referring to Camp Roberts was given stating that all men are to return immediately to quarters. Our sergeant on a fifteen day [pass] will be back tonite. As far as this will effect me and my training [to be a Morse Code operator] haven’t much idea what will develop but suppose the training period will be stepped up to terminate in a few weeks. All that goes with this war fervor is taking place all along the coast with patrols, listening posts, and ship movement orders being given. I can hardly believe that such a gigantic step has actually been taken by the Japs, but it is certain it will be a terrific battle of economic strangulation of Japan. The Japs are too wise to go into a war knowing it would be a short fight.
I hope, but I know it is a vain hope, that you will not worry unnecessarily and not be overly anxious about me. Of course I will write often to tell you all I can, not knowing what will be done with the mail.
To Mother and Dad just hope and pray and everything will be okay.