Based on the letters of Earl Philip Reinhalter (1922-1953). Edited by his son, Earl Philip Reinhalter (1950-).

<- PREVIOUS LETTER November 15, 1943
Brisbane, Australia

    November 15, 1943

Hello Ma:
      Well, I am now no longer in Officer Candidate School. My work as far as academic subjects were concerned was all right, but my tactical work wasn't good enough. I lacked experience in handling men, it is said. My voice lacked commandability. I don't feel so bad about leaving when I look around at the others (40 men) who are going with me. There are many college graduates, some from schools such as Penn State. There are many master sargeants having been in the Army from seven to ten years who are leaving with me. Well, I didn't lose anything by coming to O.C.S. Besides learning a lot, I got a corporal's rating out of it. The commanding officer advised all of us to try it again at the next class. But I don't think that I will. The course was a little out of my line. As you know, I applied for engineering, but as they did not have such a school here in Australia, I was put in the Air Corps administration training class. I did, however, pass the subjects. At least I can say that I did my best. I am at the present unassigned. I may be sent back to my old squadron or to a new one. I neither also know where I will be sent. Of course, I'll still be in the Air Corps. I wouldn't advise you to write me until I send you my new address, whatever it will be. Incidentally, something must be holding up the mail. I haven't as yet received any packages. I have received a total of two letters from you since I have been here at school (six weeks). After I get to where I'm going, I have something in mind that I plan to do. Well, so that's about all for just now. So, until sometime later -


The Kindle book includes the letters; all 23 issues of the unit’s wartime newsletter “The Squadron Pulse,” which was originally edited by Leonard Stringfield; all 12 issues of the “Pennant Parade” newsletter that Stringfield published while sailing home after the war; complete text of the U.S. government booklet “Pocket Guide to Australia,” which soldiers heading Down Under were given to read; more than 200 photos; pre-war and postwar family history; and over 700 explanatory endnotes.


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