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."
Removed Another Difficult Impaction
Lt. (j.g.) Gilbert
U.S.S. Ocelot, F.P.O.
Friday 29 December
1944, 7:25 PM
some mail today.A letter from your
mother, a card from Miss Earnest and four letters from you.Your letters were postmarked--two on the
13th, one on the 19th and one the 20th.I've
already received mail from you for the 14th, 15th and 16th, so I'm expecting
more mail for the blank period tomorrow.
You mention the
B'nai B'rith election being a surprise but give no issues.How about a list of the new officers!
remember what the fur jacket cost, but it was around $55.Looks like you made a good deal-if you
collect.That should be easy as long as
any long socks.If you can't find any
short ones, I'll get by on what I have plus a few cotton ones that I'll buy.
gardener--if the Jap will work more reasonably, I'd rehire him.After all he was nice and efficient and
probably after the war all gardeners will be Japanese again.We might as well get back on the ground floor
so to speak.
If you didn't
get the corsage on Xmas let me know and I'll trace down the money.I'm glad the dolls were so nice.Linda's cost $6.30 and Norma's $5.10.
an "enclosed Xmas card" for me to acknowledge but no card.Maybe it'll come in one of the other
letters.Anyway let me know who it was
from--just to make sure.Thanks for
Curry's address I didn't have it on my list.
Today was just
another day.I removed another difficult
impaction in but thirty minutes.I'm
really getting good at it.Put in a few
fillings and was through as far as my professional duties go.
I finally got
the carpenter to make up a ping pong table.I bought the balls, paddles and nets in Honolulu and now we're going to
have a contest with an award for the best players.
The rumors I
mentioned still come through unchanged so the hope for a return in a few months
It has just
poured all day with short period of clearing off in between.You've never seen such torrential rain in
your life.I like it though because it
does make things cooler.
tonight is the "Cry of the Werewolf," with I forget who.I must dash now though or I'll miss the
you remember how I'd dash home from the office, gulp some food down and off
we'd go to some early movie or something?Just let me dash home.I'd forget
the rest of that routine.
Sweet and dream about three or four months from now.