The nine letters from April 1945 see Christmas gifts from home finally reaching the Philippines on the 15th, just as the rainy season is about to begin. Walt reaches 300+ combat hours, and wonders if he should stick out waiting for a promotion to Captain or come home—he makes it sound like it’s his choice. Even though he hasn’t received his promotion yet, he receives the Air Medal and the Distinguished Flying Cross following his being shot down in January.
I’ve posted a photo of Walt’s Air Medal before, along with the Purple Heart, but I don’t have his Distinguished Flying Cross. It has gone missing somewhere over the years. I have replicas of all the medals, given out by some organization very late in Ruth’s life, but she refused to attend that ceremony for her own reasons, so I’m not going to show the replica of the DFC.