Squall

Lt. (j.g.) Gilbert Steingart
U.S.S. Ocelot, F.P.O. San Francisco
Tuesday 20 March 1945, 6:50 PM
Dearest Sweetheart,
          Here I be again.  Today was just a nice easy day for a change.  I saw patients all morning but there was no hurry.  I secured (quit) at 11:15 and went up to my room and read until lunch.  After chow I got ready to take the liberty party ashore.  I mustered the men and got the beer. We all got into the motor launch and away we went.  We got ashore at 1:45.  I doled out the beer, amounting to six or seven cans per man.  After they were all settled I walked over to the club.  I had a beer and then walked along the shore looking for shells.  I didn't find many today but I did find several "cats-eyes," stones suitable for mounting on rings.
          I got the men together and back into our boat at 4:15 and we headed back to our ship.  On the way we got caught in a squall and by the time we got back we were all drenched to the skin.
          I showed and changed for dinner and after eating I went down to my office and here I am.
          Still no mail.  If it wasn't that no one else was receiving mail I'd be worried but now I know it's just a tie up in service so I shan't worry.  I do hope my letters to you are getting through OK without any slow-up.
          Tonight's movie is a Dr. Kildare picture, "Between Two Women."  It's supposed to be good so I guess I'll go rain or not.
          I sure like my new pen.  How is yours?  Shall I get you one? Let me know.
          That is all for now darling.  Good night Sweets and pleasant dreams.
Love,
Gil