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

<- PREVIOUS LETTER October 24, 1945
Irumagawa, Honshu, Japan

Oct. 24, 1945

      Irumagawa, Honshu, Japan.

Hello Ma:

      Tonight at about 10:00 o'clock or a little later, I will get on the boat General Fremont. It probably will not leave for the States until tomorrow or the next day, however. This may be the last letter that you will receive from overseas from me. If I am lucky, I may be home by Thanksgiving. [Thanksgiving that year was on November 22nd, one day after his discharge. Assuming that his ship reached Seattle around November 8th, a few days processing (at Fort Lawton?), travel time across the country by train, and discharge in Baltimore (not Seattle), it is quite possible that he was home for Thanksgiving. - Ed.]

      So, all for now from overseas -


P.S. I will land at Seattle, Washington. Trip will take about two weeks.

[Leonard Stringfield, editor of the 3rd Airdrome Squadron's weekly newsletter The Squadron Pulse, also published a daily newsletter called Pennant Parade during his journey home across the Pacific. Although he was on a different ship from the one my father took, the two ships departed within a day or two of one another, heading for the same destination, so it is likely that they had similar experiences. You can find all twelve issues of Pennant Parade on the Squadron Pulse page. - Ed.]


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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