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."
Orders to Report to USS OCELOT
Friday 28 July 1944
Gil received orders for duty on the USS Ocelot as relief to Lieutenant (jg) Baldwin Sayer. He reported to the commanding officer, Captain Samuels.