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

<- PREVIOUS LETTER February 12, 1945
Tanauan, Leyte, Philippines


Feb 12, 1945

Hello Ma:

      Received your letter of Jan. 21st, clippings of Stars and Yipes, Baltimore Sun, six back issues of Reader's Digest, Dec. 4th Newsweek, and the package from Phus containing the ocarina and six rolls of films. Thanks for everything. [Regarding Stars and Yipes, this was apparently a joking reference to Stars and Stripes, the military newspaper. An index found online for the April 29, 1945, edition of the Los Angeles Examiner mentions a feature by this title, so perhaps it was a regular column which was also syndicated in a Baltimore paper. - Ed.]

      My teeth have all been fixed up and are in good condition. Don't send me my watch. I have one. Received twelve bottles of beer yesterday. It probably will be some time before I can set the darkroom up and get it into operation. Don't ask me to explain why. Nevertheless, enclosed you will find some pictures which were given to me by a friend. You can add them to the collection.

      I just thought of something which you can send me as a birthday present. Send me several t-shirts and polo shirts. White or other - color isn't too important. They are cooler than khaki shirts. Quite a few boys wear them here.

      This is just a short letter. Everything is very peaceful here now. Nothing of any great interest of which to write. So, until my next letter -


P.S. I would like you to get an issue (one magazine) of Popular Photography. I don't care particularly just what month it is, just as long as it's not too old. I am interested in reading the advertisements concerning photographic materials. Send it to me if you can secure one. Thanks.



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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