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

<- PREVIOUS LETTER November 27, 1943
Sydney, Australia

Nov. 27, 1943
Hello Ma:
      Well, a lot of things have happened since I have left Officer Candidate School. I first was transferred to a replacement depot not very far from where I attended school. The first day, I got K.P. duty, but got paid for it. The next day, I with about 30 other men got a furlough. It consisted of seven days leave plus one day each way for traveling. The train ahead of us ran through a washed-out bridge and was smashed up. We were delayed about 15 hours. After arriving in the city (I cannot name it) [Sydney, Australia - Ed.] I slept at the Red Cross the first night. The next day I got a private room in a pretty good hotel. I spent most of my time either ice skating, roller skating, or going to shows. After the first two days, I decided that one couldn't live on ice cream, milkshakes, pastry, and beer alone. So, after that, I took time off to eat meals. The first three days, I got lost, so at each of those three nights I had to take a taxi to get back to my hotel. I spent one afternoon riding a ferry-boat around the harbor. When my furlough was over, I reported to the station for a train back. None was available. So, I now with a large group of others am temporarily located at the above address awaiting transportation facilities. I will write more in a letter 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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