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."
Seven Bull's Eyes
AMERICAN RED CROSS
Friday February 11 1944
Went down to see the apartment. The
neighborhood was not as desirable as some of the other units that these
builders have, but as far as they know now there probably won't be anything
else available until April.This place
was an upper and I can't see much sense in taking it with two kiddies.However I didn't say anything definite but
will let them know Monday after I've talked it over with you.
I asked about a larger place and he
suggested the three bedroom units being built by another outfit in Crown Point,
twelve minutes by streetcar to downtown Diego.I'll look into it tomorrow noon if possible.If we could rent a three bedroom place I wouldn't
want to buy anything. After I got back from the apartment "hunt" I
went over to the pistol range and took some instruction in firing the gun.Didn't do badly.Out of 17 shots I got seven in the bull's
eye.I should be a fair shot with a
God, this has been a long week.Last night I went into town and made a hotel
reservation for the twenty-forth at the Grant.No trouble at all.
Wish this was Saturday so I could be
leaving in the morning.Guess I can hold
out another day.How are the
kiddies?This is the second day this
week that I didn't get any mail from you.By the way I got the wire yesterday (Thursday) morning at 9:30.I guess there is no use wiring ever unless it
can be delivered before 5:00 P.M.
This is all till I get home Sunday.
Love and kisses and a great big hug.
Your impatient hubby,
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,