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 Lot of Ships
AMERICAN RED CROSS
Monday 28 February 1944, 1745
Am surprised--received two letters
from you today.I'm going to advertise
as you suggested with rent in advance.If I don't get any results by the end of the week I'll see Sipper's
Yesterday was very uneventful.Last night I saw "Where are our children"with Jackie Cooper.Tonight I'll see "The Lady and the
Monster.I hope it'll be more
A lot of ships are in, so we are
keeping pretty busy.At noon today I played
volleyball and had lots of good exercise and fun
How is the weather now?The sun came out Sunday early and it has been
beautiful ever since.
Glad to hear the kids are well and
that you are keeping busy.
Nothing more except a big hug and kiss
to Linda and Norma.
furnish volunteer aid to the sick and wounded of armies......" and
"To act in matters of voluntary relief and in accord with the military and
naval authorities as a medium of communication between the people of the United
States of America and their Army and Navy......"The Charter of The American National Red
Cross.By Act of Congress January 5,