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."
Arrived in Leyte/Memorial Day
This blog, Dearest Eleanor, is being reposted at http://wwiinavydentist.blogspot.comWWII Navy Dentist tells Gil's story from the beginning and includes additional memorabilia and photos.
Lt. (j.g.) Gilbert
U.S.S. Ocelot, F.P.O.
Monday 28 May 1945,
morning and the sea was as smooth as glass.
Thank goodness it was overcast or this would have been a hot day. As it turned out it was comfortable.
Took care of
several patients this morning and even saw two after lunch. The rest of the day I spent around on deck,
the navigation bridge, and the signal bridge.
The place we
are at now should provide a more interesting liberty than our last
stopover. Here's hoping.
tonight was "Crime Incorporated" a new picture and quite good. It starred Leo Carrillo, Martha Tilton and
others. We also had a couple of shorts.
hoping for a big stack of mail. I mustn't be disappointed. Gosh it's been just I few days since I last
heard from you and it seems like weeks.
that's new or different. Please don't
worry about me. I'm as safe here as I
have been ever since I left the states.
Sweet, I'll see you in my dreams. Love
and kisses to all my three girls.