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

<- PREVIOUS LETTER September 18, 1943 (letter)
Brisbane, Australia

Sept. 18, 1943

Hello Ma:
      I am not any longer on detached service and have once again returned to my original airfield. The mail orderly of my squadron had been expecting us back for about a week previous to our return. So, accordingly he held our mail for us instead of sending it out where we were. Consequently, in writing this letter now, I am answering nine letters from you, one from Phus, and the one from the American Legion. Included in the above letters were A.D.T. magazines [a monthly called The ADT Transmitter that was published by American District Telegraph, forerunner of today's ADT alarm system company - Ed.], a Martin Mercury [newspaper published by his former civilian employer Glenn L. Martin Company - Ed.], the comic section showing the general orders [see photo below - Ed.], a letter which some stranger sent you regarding the star in the window, miniature copies of the Sun paper ["service edition" that came with the Sunday paper - Ed.], an American Legion hospitality card, and the pictures of Kitty. I am glad you sent the Flying magazines, but don't send the Popular Science magazines. I am afraid that all of my magazines would be too much to carry around with me from one camp to another. Save them for me until I come back. I am glad you liked the Australian coins. Their corresponding American values are shown in the little red booklet which I sent you. I hope that you get used to your glasses and dental plates without much trouble. So, Yvonne has learned how to whistle. Tell her that she isn't supposed to whistle at the boys. How does she like grade 3A so far? Tell Phus to send me the Reader's Digest magazines each month. You can send me some "goodies," too, for Christmas. But don't send anything which would spoil.

      About selling my car: I could get more money for it right now than I could possibly get at any time after the war. Naturally, I won't need the car until sometime when I get back (six months after the end of the war). [The standard enlistment term once the U.S. entered WWII was “for the duration of the War or other emergency, plus six months, subject to the discretion of the President or otherwise according to law.” - Ed.] Then too, you might want to keep it in case Daddy's jeep breaks down or something. Also, there is always the question of whether or not automobiles will be easy to get after the war. So, I will leave the whole matter up to you and Daddy. If you want to sell it, O.K. And if you don't want to sell it, it will be O.K., too. Either way is O.K. with me.

      About O.C.S.: As you know, I went before the board. Applications of the boys in my squadron who failed the board were sent back to my headquarters. So, far mine hasn't come back, so as far as I know, I guess I passed. I may have to take another physical examination, too. Well, that's about all that I know so far.

      So, that's about all for just now; so, until sometime later -

This booklet is possibly "the comic section showing the general orders" that is mentioned
in the letter. It was cartoonist Bill Mauldin's humorous take on guard duty.

Here are the twelve issues of The ADT Transmitter from 1943:



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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