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

<- PREVIOUS LETTER March 20, 1944*
Saidor, New Guinea  

* Date estimated. The postmark says March 29. Letters from that time typically had a delay of seven or eight days for censorship. However, his mother’s sequential number on the back of the envelope shows this letter arriving before his March 21 letter, so this one is assumed to have been written at least a day before.

Somewhere in New Guinea

Hello Ma:

      Just a short note. Received a letter from you dated Feb. 29th and another from Phus. Tell Phus that I wear my moccasins every evening when I wash in the mountain stream. The bottom is full of rocks which are rather hard on the feet. I already told you what I wanted for my birthday. Received the cartoons, Sun papers, and a school paper of Yvonne's having arithmetic on it. Yvonne must be smart in school.

      Enclosed are some photographs. You will notice that on the back of eight of these pictures there is a number written in fountain pen ink with a circle around it. That number is the number of copies that I want sent back to me of that particular picture. One picture of a small light plane has a letter "H" on the back. Give a copy of that to [John] Hutchins' mother. Well, that's all for just now. Everything is O.K. up here. Things are very peaceful lately. So, until 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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