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

<- PREVIOUS LETTER July 4, 1945
Floridablanca, Luzon, Philippines

July 4th, 1945


Hello Ma:

      Received your letters of June 20th and June 22nd. Also, the "United Aircraft News." You mentioned an article in the Squadron Pulse called "A Thought" by a boy named Kolley. [See the March 31, 1945 issue. - Ed.] Yes, he is very clever. We both flunked out of O.C.S. together. Ha! No, I do not remember a Miss Hohlbein at #71 school [Irvington Elementary School in Baltimore, formerly located on Old Frederick Road at Loudon Avenue - Ed.]. I received the first set of snapshots and gave them to the boy who requested them. Thanks. No, at the present I cannot think of anything that I would like to have. I have enough polo shirts to last me a good while. Thanks anyway. Well, Ma, I am glad that Daddy and Gordon finally got the Plymouth back into running condition again. Yes, I think that it would be a good idea to keep it in such condition now. Let Gordon take you driving whenever he wants to do so. I am kind of surprised that you were able to get it to run. I had expected to have had to lay out from $50 to $75 dollars to get it reconditioned when I returned. Daddy can use it, too, whenever his car is inoperative for some reason. Just be careful not to let the engine freeze up this coming winter. I at that time will not yet be home, sad to say. Anyway, keep it in condition until I do once again get home. I sent my roller skates off to you the other day. I do not guess that I will have any more need for them overseas now. When I see [John] Hutchins again, I will ask him about Janet and George who go to Yvonne's Sunday school. Well, Ma, this is the end of another short letter. I am all right, as usual. -



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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