In the jungles of Bataan, two American soldiers, unable to see enemy planes because of night blindness are hit by a Japanese bomb. Pete is killed outright, Johnny dies on the operating table, his last words, “I’ve got to write a letter.” Johnny’s “letter”- the one he was going to write- reaches home in America one morning as a neighbor is bragging of her hoard of groceries, as his kid brother skids his car around a corner on two wheels. Johnny’s letter is a moving plea to the folks at home to see to it that other American soldiers have the things he and Pete lacked on Bataan, food so that they won’t have night blindness and hunger cramps, guns and shells and planes so that they can fight.

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