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

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Atsugi Airfield, Honshu, Japan

Atsugi, Honshu

Oct. 1, 1945

Hello Ma:

      Enclosed are a few pictures taken in the Philippines, Luzon.

      Pictures #1 to #6 inclusive are of Manila.

      Picture #7 to #12 inclusive were taken in and around the city of Fernando.

      Picture #13 to #16 inclusive were taken around camp.

      Picture #17 - the capitol building of the city of Guagua

      Picture #18 is of me chewing gum.

      Well, Ma, I may get home for Christmas, but I am not too sure. I just received another bronze star for my overseas ribbon. This means five more points to my score. So, I now have 82 points. I am packing up a lot of books and things to send home. Nothing much has happened in the last few days here. I developed a few pictures last night. Will send you some in a few days. Enclosed are two bills of the type of money which we use here. A ten- and five-yen bill. Fifteen yen equals one dollar. So, five is 33-1/3 cents and ten yen is 66-2/3 cents.

      Well, Ma, that's about all for a while. So, 'till next time -


The municipal government building of San Fernando, Pampanga, Philippines in 1945.

Yanks Café - probably newly renamed after U.S. forces drove out the Japs - and shops in San Fernando, Philippines, 1945.
The building on the left appears to be flying the Stars and Stripes from the roof.

Marketplace in Luzon, Philippines, possibly in the city of San Fernando, 1945.

Capitol building of the city of Guagua, Philippines, 1945. Guagua is near San Fernando. The building appears damaged, probably set on fire by the departing Japanese.

Earl at Luzon, Philippines, 1945. He said that he was chewing gum.


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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