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."
B'nai B'rtih Meeting Tonight
AMERICAN RED CROSS
Monday 14 February, 1944 1515 o'clock
Had a very uneventful trip back to the
base.Made swell time--three hours and
fifteen minutes.When I got into my room
it was colder than he-- so I turned on the heater.In ten minutes everything was nice and cozy.
The doctors made quite a dent in the
box of cake and fruit this noon.I now
have two special requests for those candies that Linda gave me.If you can buy some more for next weekend
please do so.
At noon today one of the cooks brought
in some nice thick fillet steak sandwiches--mm.Then we all went over to do some pistol shooting.
This has been a typical Monday.Busy all day long.I really could find a patient if I looked
hard but I just feel a little lazy so I'm writing this letter instead.
I have a class at 4:00 P.M. and chow
at 5:00.Then back to the barracks for a
little freshening up and the B'nai B'rith meeting tonight.
How are you feeling today?Is everything alright? I hope now you have
nothing to occupy your mind except our plans for moving.
Kiss Linda and Norma and a big hug for
you.(I just had another visitor for
more of your candies).Don't forget our
date (in bed) on next Saturday night.
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,