March 25, 2011

His Excellency Ichiro Fujisaki
Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Japan
Embassy of Japan
2520 Massachusetts Avenue, N.W.
Washington, D.C.   20008 

Dear Ambassador Fujisaki:

We watch with a heavy heart the devastation of your nation and your citizens and want you to know that the Japanese people are in our thoughts and prayers.

As members of the first American POW Friendship delegation the sorrow for us is profound. We visited Japan knowing the pain of loss and despair and left with the warmth of friendship and understanding.

We plan to do what we can to aid and comfort our Japanese friends overcome the horrific damage done to their beautiful country. We are bound together by common peril and worry as well as the determination to overcome this crisis.

Please extend our sympathies and condolences to those that lost family members and our hopes go out to those that do not know the fate of theirs.

Most important, we send our heartfelt best wishes to all those involved in helping in the assistance and recovery efforts.

Most sincerely yours,

Dr. and Mrs. Lester Tenney
Last Commander of the American Defenders of Bataan and Corregidor
Carlsbad, California

Ms. Jan Thompson
President, Descendants Group
Makanda, Illinois

Signing as well for:

Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Alexander
San Antonio, Texas 

Ms. Judy Chorley
Prescott, Arizona

Mr. and Mrs. Edward Jackfert
Tampa, Florida and Wellsburg, West Virginia  

Ms. Nancy Kragh
Ludlow, Washington

Mr. Benjamin Rosendahl
Austin, Texas

Mr. Robert Rosendahl
Springfield, Missouri 

Mr. and Mrs. Earl Szwabo
Florissant, Missouri  

Mr. Donald Versaw
Lakewood, California