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

<- PREVIOUS LETTER November 26, 1944
San Pablo, Leyte, Philippines

Nov. 26, 1944


Hello Ma:

      Nothing much has happened in the last few days worth mentioning. Yesterday, we had fresh undehydrated turkey. It was plenty good, too. Last Thanksgiving, I was on a furlough in Sydney, Australia. Last night, we had our usual fireworks. Two searchlights picked up a Jap bomber. It was supposed to have later been shot down over the bay. The sun was out yesterday for about the first time; but it rained again during the night. The moon is getting more full every night now. It's about five-eighths of its full size now. Accordingly, the Jap planes will be coming over more often each night. The Jap air force always did like to bomb on bright moonlit nights. So, I have begun to dig my foxhole.

      Yesterday, I received a letter from you dated Nov. 13th. In it was enclosed a picture of Kitty and the Baltimore Sun. Thanks. So, Roosevelt won in Maryland. Incidentally, I voted by absentee ballot for Roosevelt. I am glad that you were able to get the photographic equipment for me. So, far, we haven't set up our darkroom. It probably won't be for some time yet.

      Let me know what Christmas gifts you got. I wrote Mrs. Roussey a letter yesterday.

      Well, this finishes up another letter. So, until next time -



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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