Based on the letters of Earl Philip Reinhalter (1922-1953). Edited by his son, Earl Philip Reinhalter (1950-).
THE BLANK UNDERSCORE IN THE FOLLOWING LETTER DENOTES
A SEGMENT THAT WAS REMOVED BY THE MILITARY CENSOR
June 26, 1945
Received your two letters of June 8th and 11th and the various clippings - thanks. I am glad to know that my movie projector is still in [running] condition. I have not been able to send you any pictures lately because the Army authorities would not allow us to set up our own darkroom. There always was a regulation forbidding it, but at this particular base it was enforced. Maybe sometime in the future we may be able to begin to operate once again. I would like to have some rolls of film if you can locate any. Either #620 or #616 will be all right. _____________ Last night, I and two other boys went to our Filipino friends' house and ate another chicken dinner. Received a case of beer the other day, as did each boy in the outfit. (We paid for it, however.) Enclosed is a small colored picture of Betty [Beatriz Tolentino - Ed.], my Luzon girlfriend. I think more of her than I ever did of any other girl - American or otherwise. She is 22, incidentally, but looks like about 16 years old. Well, Ma, that's about all for this letter. I promise you that my next letter will prove to be very much more interesting - wait and see. And, so - until next time -
Am all right.
Enclosed you will find Japanese invasion money for the Philippines and Dutch New G.
A color photo of "Betty" [Beatriz] Tolentino. The back of the photo is enscribed:
Wishing you good luck.
Earl and possibly "Betty" [Beatriz] Tolentino at San Fernando, Philippines in 1945.
Photo sent to Earl from Luzon, Philippines. Inscribed on the back:
Wishing you good luck from friends
L. Sison & Betty Tolentino
[Dated May 26, '45]
From names and addresses listed in his letter of September 13, 1945,
L. Sison appears to be Ludy Sison, a neighbor of Betty.
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