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

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Saidor, New Guinea

Sept. 28, 1944

New Guinea

Hello Ma:

      Nothing much to say. Received a letter from Mrs. Roussey and Buddy Yates' wife. Buddy took a short boat trip. Gilbert Yates just returned from Bermuda. He's in the Navy or Coast Guard, I don't know which. Enclosed are some pictures which you might find interesting. Received a "V-Mail" letter from Phus. Too bad about Aunt Lizzie. [His father’s sister, Elizabeth V. Hoffman [née Reinhalter] (March 9, 1884 - September 12, 1944), who had just died. - Ed.] Recently, I received the June and July issue of Reader's Digest. This year's, too.

      Well, that's about all for just now. So, until later -


P.S. To add a joke in closing:

Do you remember the true story of the Marine who sold a pair of ice skates to some natives? Yeah, told them that they were for climbing coconut trees. Remember? Maybe I'll be able to trade my roller skates for something in a like manner - to the same natives, too. Uncle Ben isn't the only one who has seen some sites of the world. Won't have seen more than I, by the time I get home. Until my next letter, think that over. Yes, think it over.


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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