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

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Tanauan, Leyte, Philippines

Feb 1, 1945

Hello Ma:

      Received two Valentine cards, one from you and Daddy and the other from Yvonne. Also, the newspaper that F.P.C. [Frederick Pembroke Chelton – Ed.] subscribes to, I received from Phus. Thanks. Read your letter dated Jan. 10th. Our tent is now screened in and we are now not bothered very much with insects and such things.

      Well, guess what? Today, I received the Christmas package that I had been waiting for. The glasses fit me very well. [Possibly referring to the special sunglasses that he asked for in his letter of September 5, 1944. - Ed. ] I'll wear them tomorrow. They sure look nice. Thanks, Ma. I threw away the melted mints. The chocolate candy was in rather fair condition. Only a few pieces were covered with white "mold fuzz." They were not melted at all. The boys of the tent and I tasted the fudge. It was good, even if we did have to use our spoons. Three rolls of Life Savers were in fair condition. Also, I received in a separate package, all by itself, one small can of developer powder. Thanks.

      There isn't much happening here worth mentioning. We haven't finished the darkroom yet. Material shortage. Well, the lights are about to go out. Besides, there is not much of anything to say. So, until next time -


      P.S. Am O.K.


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