Based on the letters of Earl Philip Reinhalter (1922-1953). Edited by his son, Earl Philip Reinhalter (1950- ).
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From basic training to Japan and home again, these letters describe my father's entire World War II adventure.
It is recommended that you read the letters in order, like a novel, beginning with 11/6/1942, and follow the "NEXT LETTER" links to continue. However, if you just want to dive in and get a sample, I suggest the 9/28/1945 letter, which includes his description of Hiroshima after the atomic bomb blast, a flight around the top of Mount Fuji, and how it felt to be one of the first two GI's to enter the Japanese city of Kyoto.
His mother (my grandmother) saved every letter. Her notations on the back of each envelope provide a capsule summary of what's in each letter. She also listed enclosures that were removed, such as photos or squadron newsletters, which helps explain why some envelopes are empty.
* The Cast - All about the family members and friends who are mentioned in the letters.
* Photos - Hundreds of photos that he mailed home.
* About This Site - How the dates and locations were determined, editing, etc.
* The Squadron Pulse - All 23 issues of the 3rd Airborne Squadron's wartime newsletter.
* Pennant Parade - Newsletter the Squadron Pulse editor published aboard ship home after the war (12 issues).
* Pocket Guide to Australia - Complete text of the booklet, mentioned in the 6/7/1943 letter.
* 12/6/1942 audio recording - The only known recording of Earl's voice.
* Postwar Life: 1945-1953 - Returning home and starting a family.
* Aftermath: The Family Carries On - Recap of the family since 1953.
* Childhood and Early Family - A collection of pre-war photos.
* 1985 phone call with Earl's mother - Excerpts about Earl and family history.
* WWII Pacific Map - Showing places where the overseas letters were sent from.
* A Roster of the 3rd Airborne Squadron - Names mentioned in the Squadron Pulse newsletters.
* Further Reading - A survey of books about World War II history, and titles mentioned in the letters.
* How the Book Cover Was Created - A breakdown of all the individual elements.
* Acknowledgments - Thanks to....
--- Earl Reinhalter (1950- )
|United States||->||Australia||->||New Guinea||->||Philippines||->||Japan||->||United States|
In all, my father sent home about 600 photos from the war. Here, grouped by location, are
some of the best ones. To review the entire photo album, scroll down to the next section.
STATESIDE (late 1942 - May 1943)
AUSTRALIA (June 4, 1943 until December 1943)
NEW GUINEA (December 1943 to Oct/Nov 1944)
NEW GUINEA - notable planes
LEYTE, PHILIPPINES (1944-45)
LUZON, PHILIPPINES (1945)
THE WAR ENDS
All the photos that my father sent home were placed in this photo album by his mother. As with the letters, you can start at page one and keep clicking the "NEXT PAGE" links to navigate through the album.
Within each Web page, scroll down to view enlargements of the photos, along with expanded captions which often include additional information that was found written on the rear of the print, mentioned in the letters, or determined through further research. Pages 98-101, which include sixteen Japanese postcards, are awaiting translation of the printed captions.
The photo album is not in strict chronological order, since many photos were held back by military censors and could not be sent home until long after they were taken. Also, it looks like some pages were added at the beginning - the earliest photos are on page 17 and the pages immediately following.
page 105 *
page 106 *
* loose photo
This page established: November 11, 2018 Last updated: July 19, 2023
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