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

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Saidor, New Guinea

          April 8, 1944

Somewhere in New Guinea

Hello Ma:

      Well, my twenty-second birthday finds me still in the Army. Today is just the same as any. This week, I am working at night down on the airstrip. The work is rather important. Use your imagination. I have off in the daytime, but it's almost too hot to sleep then. Enclosed is a Mother's Day present. [A money order for $80 was enclosed. - Ed.] Buy yourself some dresses or a spring coat or whatever you would like.

      Well, this is just a short letter to let you know that I am O.K. So, until my next letter -


P.S. Hope you have a nice Mother's Day. Enclosed is a picture of Margie. You can keep it for me. I'll probably only lose it if I keep carrying it around.

This unlabeled photo was amongst the letters. Perhaps this was Margie? An edited version follows.

Possibly Margie? Here is an edited version of the photo.


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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