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."
Yellow Fever, Typhoid and Tetanus Shots
Lt. (j.g.) Gilbert
USS Ocelot, F.P.O. San Francisco Monday 16 October 1944,
day.Right after breakfast I borrowed a Navy
sedan and drove over to pick up the rest of the recreational gear I had
ordered.When I returned I saw a couple
of patients and then attended to some changes in my quarters.
I got two
letters from you this morning and one from Uncle Mike.This afternoon I got one from Libby. Showered
and changed after lunch and went on another shopping spree and spent a little
better than $35.Now I'm through.I have plenty planned for the next couple of
days.Lots of letters to write and I
must get all these gifts packed and sent off.
returned from my shopping, I went over to the Officers' Club for a few beers
and took 1 1/2 hours to lose $1.00 in a slot machine.Some fun!
the ship for dinner and then went back to the Officers' Club to see the
movie.There wasn't one aboard
tonight.The picture "Married by
Mistake" with Ruth Hussy and Allan Marshal was very amusing.Do see it if you get a chance.
It has been
raining on and off all day and over last night.I got wet at the movie (it was in the open) and I'm going to my room and
change into something dry.There was
some painting done there today so I'm writing from my office.I'll finish in the AM.
Sweet, I love you.
Tuesday 9:00 AM
Good Morning Sweetheart,
How about a
big kiss?Mmm!!Gee thanks, you didn't have to bite me, did
you?I have your two letters of
yesterday before me, so here we go on our daily quiz program.
You ask about
my first visit with Al Klein.That was
when I saw him at his station.The
reason you got confused is on that is because I could not give you any details
as to where, when and I how I met him.
course, the Doctor and I are going to work the rest of it together.That will make it much easier.
mail varies.I'm supposed to have the
duty every six days, but with the Xmas rush we are doubling up now so it'll be
more often.This duty was interesting at
first but after awhile it gets quite boresome.However I will say this, some sailors do have a sweetheart in every port
and they all (the girls) get the same line of bull.
Yes, Sweet I
have both of my shavers with me and I will be able to use them.If you get a hold of another one (Willie's or
through Dave) send it on "post haste."
Glad to hear
that you are enjoying studying and that the children are working out OK with
Betty.Thanks for those
measurements.I'll get to work on the
surprise in a couple of days.
you are writing often you still have more to tell me than I have to tell
you.I did enjoy the U.S. News clipping.
that is new this AM.We just finished
giving the ship's company their yellow fever shots.In a couple of days they'll get typhoid and
tetanus.Then back to regular routine.
thirty for now, honey.I've been at this
letter for 1 1/2 hours and I want it to go off this noon.Bye my own sweet love, till tonight.