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

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Floridablanca, Luzon, Philippines

April 10, 1945


Hello Ma:

      I received two letters which were forwarded to me from my old base - dated March 18 and 26th. No, I don't need any vegetable or fruit seeds. Received four Newsweeks. Some Christmas candy I received yesterday had to be thrown away. Haven't received the polo shirts as yet. Enclosed are pictures for the collection. There isn't much happening here worth mentioning. I spent my birthday [April 8th - Ed.] in a nearby town eating ice cream. We still carry our rifles and pistols to town. The native people are very friendly and are much more educated than at my old base. I was talking with a college girl the other night. All of the people seem to be able to give a good account of the Japanese occupation.

      Well, this is just a short letter to let you know that I am all right. We haven't yet had a Jap air attack at my new base. I guess that they are a bit short of airplanes and bases from which to fly them. Yvonne's Easter card was nice. 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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