V-mail Is Slower Than Air Mail

Lt. (j.g.) Gilbert Steingart
U.S.S. Ocelot, F.P.O. San Francisco
Saturday 28 April 1945, 8:30 PM
Dearest Eleanor,
          Hello Sweet, here is that man again.  Today was a nice easy day.  I really didn't do too much work.  I had five appointments scheduled for men from another ship and they were cancelled the last minute.  However I had five drop in patients so I managed to fill the morning OK.
          I saw one patient this afternoon and then I went to work on those bracelets I'm making for the kids.  Linda's is finished and all I had to do on Norma's is put on the chain.  I hope the sizes are right.  I'll make them large enough so that a couple of links can be taken out if they are too big.
          I got two letters today, one from you (an old one of the 13th) and one from Libby.  She is using air mail again.  I guess she figured V-mail would be faster but when I told her it took twice as long she switched back. V-mail from Europe makes the trip out to here in two weeks, so I guess V-mail is better in some cases.
          I wrote letters to Libby and Ruth today.  I'm getting behind again.  I must write your mother, Ethyl, Herman and "I" Bergman.  Then I'll be all caught up until more comes.
          Do I remember my own phone number?  Silly girl--how could I forget?  By the way one of our barbers went back to the states and I gave him our address and phone number.  He will arrive at San Pedro so I'm sure he'll get in touch with you.  He is a very nice chap and his name is Trubey.
          No more for now dear so I guess I'll sign off.  Good night Darling and pleasant dreams.  Sleep tight.
Love,
Gil