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

Somewhere in New Guinea

    July 31, 1944

Hello Ma:

      Well, I haven't been writing to you very often, as there really isn't much of which to write. Received two letters from you since my last letter. I am glad that you received all of the pictures. Well, we received our first issue of beer the other night, three bottles, one was Pabst Blue Ribbon and the other two were Budweiser. Tomorrow night, we receive three more bottles. It figures out to eight bottles for ten days and at 10˘ per bottle [about $1.47 in 2020 money - Ed.]. We hadn't had beer for so long, we almost forgot how it tasted. Some even got drunk on just those three bottles. It's the first time that I tasted American made beer since I left California. Well, I finished the course on aircraft engines and am supposed to receive some kind of a certificate or something. I'll probably get it a month from now and will send it to you then. I have been up three more times in my airplane. Nothing unusual happened. At night time, I still go to the movies to pass the time away. I would like you to send me some more chocolates if you can. They seem to stand up pretty well on the trip over, whereas hard candy doesn't. We had fresh potatoes and apples for the first time yesterday in the last three months. Pretty good for a change of diet. Well, this just about winds up a short note. Am O.K. as usual. 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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