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

<- PREVIOUS LETTER March 9, 1945
Tanauan, Leyte, Philippines

March 9, 1945


Hello Ma:

      Received your letters of Feb. 4th, 11th, and 23rd. Also, the Christmas card from Mrs. E.M. Smith. Thanks. No, I do not know S/Sgt. Schuyler. His outfit is not at my base. In one of my previous letters, I mentioned that I had received the glasses and chocolates. Pretty good about Joe Fiddis. Major Miller taught chemistry and electricity at Polytechnic. I knew him, but never had him as an instructor.

      Enclosed are some pictures (numbered on the back). Some may not pass censorship. So, don't be too surprised if you do not get them all.

      Pictures #1 and #2 - P-51 Mustang fighters.

      Picture #3 - Our workshop and equipment tents at the airstrip.

      Picture #4 - To the left is our squadron latrine. At the right in the background can be seen part of our mess hall.

      Picture #5 - A Catholic church about a mile from my camp. Was built by the Spanish when they ruled the Philippines. It is still in use today. Built in 1704.

      Picture #6 - Some crashed Jap planes.

      That's all for this letter. Everything is quiet and peaceful. I am O.K.

      And, so - until next time -


Workshop and equipment tents on an air strip in Leyte, Philippines.

The latrine at Leyte, Philippines, in Fall 1944. The mess hall is in the background. The latrine was
jokingly referred to as "Fort Pollock," in honor of the squadron's doctor, Captain R.W. Pollock.


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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