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."
Roosevelt Is Still President
NOTE ON LETTER IN
ELEANOR'S WRITING: Received November
17.Postmarked November 11
Lt. (j.g.) Gilbert
U.S.S. Ocelot, F.P.O.
San Francisco Thursday 9 November
1944 1:45 PM
Here I am
again.It's so blasted hot that I have a
sheet of paper under my right hand and forearm to prevent this sheet I'm
writing on from getting soaked from the sweat off my arm.
I had an
interesting experience today that I can talk about so here goes.I was talking to the doctor in sick bay when
a young ensign who was visiting one of the patients saw my B'nai B'rith
ring.He asked me what lodge I was a
member of and it turned out that he is a Long Beach boy.He knows many of our friends.His name is Bill Spitzer and he is acquainted
with Herman Stein, Mort Eisner, Bruce Stern, Dave Gindoff and Abe
Weinberg.Isn't this a small world?
Sweet, the election is over and Roosevelt is still president.We have a couple of "diehard"
Republicans aboard and we've really had quite a time discussing politics and
the future of our country.Personally I
am happy about the results and do feel that our country will be better off than
if Dewey had been elected.
How is by
you?I haven't received and mail since
the last jackpot but I do hope to get another batch tomorrow.Don't worry about the irregularity of my
mail, it just can't be helped.Anyway
when I get back I'll have some interesting stories to tell.
meantime, Honey, please be patient.My
love for you is unending and you are in my thoughts always.Will write again tomorrow.Until then