During World War II, my dad, Gilbert Steingart, served as a navy dentist. He wrote over 500 letters to his wife, my mother Eleanor. His duty in the Pacific Theater took him from San Diego to Pearl Harbor, Eniwetok, Ulithi, Leyte Gulf (Philippines), and Buckner Bay (Okinawa).
After my mother's death, Daddy wanted to toss the letters. I convinced him to give them to me instead. The letters are a memoir of a remarkable time. Most of the letters begin with the words "Dearest Eleanor."
A Hug for Each of My Girls
AMERICAN RED CROSS
Wednesday 1 March 1944
1540 o'clock (3:40 P.M.)
Well here I am taking it easy
again--another quiet day after yesterday.
Did you have a nice trip home? How are
Received a letter from Miss Earnest
this morning.It seems the auditor came
in early and according to her the accounts are in good shape.She also told me about the $7.50 Edna paid to
the mover.He was supposed to be there
at 4:00 but he got there earlier.You'd
better check about the X-ray machine being in the way and try to get the
equipment disposed of one way or another.
There really isn't much more to
tell--nothing but routine stuff around here.Am going to class in fifteen minutes.
Love and kisses and a great big hug
for each of my girls.