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

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Floridablanca, Luzon, Philippines

June 4, 1945


Hello Ma:

      Received your letters of May 17, 19, 22, and 25; Yvonne's letter of May 20; and, Phus's card of April 23rd concerning the Popular Photography subscription. Thanks for the four- and six-leaf clovers, Yvonne. Read the Baltimore Sun and passed it on to [John] Hutchins (they live in Irvington again - same place). Also read the clippings and Yvonne's spelling paper and letter of May 20th. Thanks.

      Well, Ma, I am glad that you received the school books of mine and the bolo knives and sword. All, including the sword, were made by Filipinos. It took seven days to make the sword out of an old automobile spring. I think that it's pretty good blacksmith's work. [He should know, since his father was a blacksmith by trade, and a good one, according to Yvonne. - Ed.] No, I haven't as yet received the certificate for the Army Institute course "Elements of Mechanics." Incidentally, I just finished another course, "Airplane Maintenance." So, I am also awaiting that one. Yes, I still have the certificate for "Aircraft Engines."

      Enclosed are a few back issues of the Squadron Pulse. [These are no longer in the envelope. However, all of the Squadron Pulse newsletters have been collected from other sources and can be found on the Squadron Pulse page. - Ed.] Incidentally, it was on June 4th 1943 that I landed at Brisbane, Australia.

      Well, Ma, that's about all for now. I have been going to town as usual - mostly to eat. Had another free chicken dinner at some girl's house.

      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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