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."
Letter to Linda--Bought You A Cute Pinafore
Thursday, 28 September
How is my big
girl today?How are you getting along in
school?Are you glad to be back on
Euclid Street and be able to play with Dorene and Mary Lou?
I just bought
cute pinafores for you and Norma and will send it off as soon as possible.I know you'll like yours and I bet you and Norma
will look real pretty in them.
me that you've been a good girl and I'm very glad to hear that.Keep up the good work and Daddy will have
several nice surprises for you.