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

<- PREVIOUS LETTER January 27, 1945
Tanauan, Leyte, Philippines

Jan. 27, 1945


Hello Ma:

      This is the first letter which I have written for quite some time; mainly, because there is not anything of which to write that would be of any interest to you. I am O.K. Things here at my base are very dead. The Japs are kept too busy elsewhere to bother us. Received your letter dated Jan. 7th. In that letter, you asked me to tell you about the food which we get here. Well, I'd rather not go into that. There are censorship regulations, you know, and I would not be able to give you an accurate account. I now weigh about 125 lbs. When I was in Australia, I weighed 152 lbs. See what I mean? I received the card about the subscription to the magazine Air Pilot Technician. Thanks. Received my third copy of Newsweek today. Did Yvonne pass in school? Today, I received the first Christmas parcel, from Kitty. The fruitcake was still good. The liquified mints and almonds, I threw away. The toilet articles from Aunt Kate and Uncle Ben will come in handy. Thanks. I will start reading the book Soldiers' Reader tonight. Seem to be some good stories.

      Well, this is just another short letter - nothing much to say - 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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