Based on the letters of Earl Philip Reinhalter (1922-1953). Edited by his son, Earl Philip Reinhalter (1950-).
June 17, 1945
Somewhere on Luzon, P.I.
Received your letters of May 27th and June 3rd and also Phus's letter of May 27th. Tell Phus that I have already read the story about the American Guerrilla in the Philippines. Thanks anyway. No, I did not see the picture God Is My Co-Pilot. Occasionally, I receive a Coronet or a Reader's Digest. I do not know what to write Phus. She requested a letter from me, you know. I find it rather hard as it is to find enough information with which to fill a letter to you. What I would write her would be more or less merely a repetition of what would be contained in your letter. Oh well, maybe sometime later, I will find something of interest of which to write her. I guess that Jack Fink is glad to get out of the Army at last. The Far Eastern Air Force is comprised of both the Fifth and Thirteenth air forces. Let me know about the new Martin pursuit plane if you find out anything. Did Yvonne pass in school? I am glad that you got a birthday present for Yvonne from me. By the time that I remembered about her birthday, it was too late for a letter to reach you in time for me to tell you to do just that. At the end of the month, I'll send you some money. Enclosed are several more issues of the Squadron Pulse. [These are no longer in the envelope. However, all of the Squadron Pulse newsletters have been collected from other sources and can be found on the Squadron Pulse page. - Ed.] Today marks the 25 months overseas for me - not that it means too much. There is no more rotation, you know - only the point system is in operation now. Possibly by the time that I become eligible by the point system, the Army will think up something else to stall the majority of us off. This old runaround sort of stuff will probably continue until the war with Japan does finally end. Then, maybe I'll get home. Four men left yesterday, however, to return to the States. All had over 106 points.
Well, Ma, there isn't really much of anything of which to write about that would be of interest. Everything here is quiet and peaceful here at my base at my base "somewhere on Luzon." (I am permitted to write that now.) I am all right - that about finishes up another short letter just to tell you that I am still O.K. So - until my next letter -
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