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."
Movie of Jap Attack
AMERICAN RED CROSS
Monday 21 February 1944
Arrived safe and dry at 4:45 and hit
the sack at 5:00.The trip down was easy
even though we did run into a lot of rain.
Your chicken sandwiches went over with
a bang.Three of the doctors joined me
for lunch.This afternoon instead of the
regular lecture at 4:00 we were shown official movies of the December 7 attack
of Hawaii by the Japs.Will tell you
more about it Thursday (I hope).
I am a little sleepy now but a shave
and a shower will wake me up enough for the meeting tonight.
By this time you should be all over
with your little trouble and by Thursday be raring to go.
Kiss my girls for me and don't be too
impatient. As ever
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,