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Friday, September 21, 2018

Pearl Harbor--Pretty High

Lt.(j.g.) Gilbert Steingart
USS Ocelot, F.P.O. San Francisco
Friday October 13, 1944, 8:25 AM 
Dearest Eleanor,
     Good morning sweetheart. Gilbert was a bad boy yesterday. Ambie and I went on liberty and we both got pretty high. The best place to go when I guy is in that condition is right back to the ship and that is what we did. Ambie turned in immediately but I had to see the movies. The picture "Tell It To The Irish," with James Dunn was lousy and in my condition everything about it is very vague. Considering everything I feel swell this morning. No hangover, headache or even bad taste in my mouth. Oh well, this is only the second time I've done this and I think under the circumstances it is the best thing to do, blow off a little steam and now I'll relax and go back to work.
     From the sound of things Norma is really making rapid strides in her development. Wish I could see some of it but then I'll make the best of the situation as long as you keep me posted. What is Linda doing these days? The only time you mention her is when there is some kind of difficulty. Or is she at a standstill now?
     Sounds like Dick is really going places. It would be too bad if the draft did pick him up now but on the other hand a little discipline might do him a whale of a lot of good and he could continue on with his music while he is in the service.
     You are still worrying about what the Corsos say and do. As I remember we never did see much of them Saturday nights. We very often tried to get together but seldom did. Now that you're alone you just notice it more, that's all.
     What happened to Irving Fink that he is being released on a medical discharge? I received only one letter in the past 2 days and when I do get several from you they all bear the same date on the postmark. The pickup service must be just as poor at your end as it is here. However, honey don't worry. I'm writing everyday and you'll get all my letters eventually.
     I'll look for my Xmas packages and hope that when I get them I can hold out till Xmas. You know me darling. I'm very restless and just like a little boy when it comes to waiting for anything.
     So, Sweet, until later, good-bye. I just wish I could transmit a little of the love in my heart to you. All I can do, however, is say I love you, my darling, my own.

Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Pearl Harbor--Kol Nidre

Lt (j.g.) Gilbert Steingart
 USS Ocelot, F.P.O. San Francisco
Tuesday 26 September 1944,9:45 PM
Dearest Eleanor,
     Just got back from the Kol Nidre service and found six letters waiting for me. You see I had liberty today. I didn't get back to the ship until it was time to go to the service so the exec and I shoved off immediately. The Captain hasn't attended any of the services as far as I know. I enjoyed this service much more than the last one because the place was much larger and cooler. The service itself was quite simple and the sermon was one that could well be repeated in all houses of worship. But then the chaplain wasn't at all concerned about keeping his pulpit or pleasing Mr. and Mrs. Gotrock who contributed lavishly to the building fund. He spoke his mind and we listened and liked it.
     While on liberty today I bought a couple of cute pinafores for the kids. Both are alike. I hope they fit because they set me back $8.80. Glad pay day is soon because with all the shopping I've done I have very little left. Besides I will have to pay $25.00 to the mess out of my next pay which will leave me about $35 for the next two weeks.
     This garden cafe I mentioned turned out to be a private club that opened its doors to officers. Because they close at 7:00 P.M. all one can do there is drink and eat. I imagine though that they've really had some beautiful affairs when times were normal.
     You ask if I enjoy your long letters. That is what I and all the others aboard live for, a letter from home. Regarding the San Diego business you ask about, everything is OK. As far as my getting back to the states before my present tour of duty is up, the chances are very slim indeed. I'll consider any such event as "manna" from heaven.
     Regarding music, how about sending along those dime store booklets you purchased last year. Also send along the music notes I have. There is a piano and I might find time to practice if I had the chords and base forms to follow. There are two note books, send them both.
     Will finish in the morning dear, good night and sleep well.
Wednesday 10:45 AM
     Good morning Sweet. Did you sleep well? Did both our girls behave all night and not disturb you?
     This has been a busy morning and this is the first free time I've had. No more mail this morning but all the letters I got yesterday afternoon should keep me until 1:00 PM when I'll look for more. I got a letters from the "Gs", Deb and Dave, Miss Earnest and three from my Sweetheart. Sounds like you had a busy week-end planned and now that Norma is well again you should take it easy and not overdo.
     Tomorrow my photos should be ready and I'll send them right along. Will know more about Xmas card by then also (I hope)
     There is no use trying to guess where we are going next. I don't know so how can I tell you. We will probably receive casualties because we are equipped to handle them but we won't be a hospital ship and when we get there it'll be all over but the shouting.
     Do you remember how I always wanted to be on the go and never wished to stay home? Well dear after this war I'll be satisfied to remain anywhere as long as I have you and our girls with us.
     Enough for now dear. I want to get this off right away. Goodbye for now, will visit with you again tonight.
With all my love,

Photo of Gil 

Monday, September 17, 2018

Pearl Harbor--Yom Kippur

Lt. (j.g.) Gilbert Steingart
USS Ocelot, F.P.O. San Francisco
Saturday 23 September 1944, 9:50 PM
Dearest Eleanor,
     Came out of the movie a few moments ago and here we are together for a few moments anyway. The picture was Phil Baker in "Take It or Leave It." Very little story to it but very good entertainment value. See it and it'll give you a lift.
     Sweet, you must face it. I won't be home for a long while but really I'll be quite safe. I can't tell you what our ship is going to do but believe me we'll be as safe as we have been up to now.
     I wrote to Sieger and White several days ago but haven't written to the Vaneteks because I've been hoping to see Al and then I plan to write.
     I'm worried about Norma. I do wish you would call the doctor immediately when the kids get sick instead of waiting to see. You know how nice Harry is and I'm sure he'll be glad to do what he can.
     Glad to hear the party was at least a little pleasant for you. I know how much you dreaded going and I'm really glad it was at it was. Just goes to show you must go wherever there are people. Honey, if you stay at home and wait for a call everyone will forget about you. That is the way people are. "Out of sight out of mind" (all except you and I). Talking about the food you had reminds me. I've been watching my diet and have lost about eight pounds. Am trying to lose eight more and with this hot weather we are having it should be easy--no appetite.
     As long as you've been having trouble with your periods again why don't you consult Harry about that too. I hope you are not neglecting yourself. I remember when you were plenty thin and I also remember that you didn't feel as well as you did as when you were around 128 pounds. I don't like my women thin and you know it so young lady don't lose too much.
     I wrote about Rosh Hashanah Eve. The next day I was getting ready to go to the service and had couple of emergency extractions. By the time I was through it was too late so I just skipped it.
     I don't know whether the Captain will go to the Yom Kippur service, but the executive officer and I have already made plans to go to Kol Nidre.
     My new quarters will probably not be as roomy as they were but I think they'll be cooler and believe me out here that is important. As for Jim Frug, don't think he'll be home so soon. I bet it'll be another six months before he is transferred back to the states. At least that seems to be his opinion and he ought to know.
     I am worried about Norma and am looking for tomorrow's letter with anxiety. And please dear again I say take care of yourself. I don't like the tone of you letters. Sound that you are just letting go and you mustn't for your sake and our girls. Please reassure me in your next letter.
     Do you remember how upset you were when we had to leave the El Dorado and you thought we couldn't find another apartment? Well everything tuned out OK didn't it? After the war when I am settled in private practice we'll be planning our new home with all the things we've always wanted. As usual we won't listen to anyone and we won't be sorry.
     It's 10:20 PM now and it's time I turned in. Good night my Sweetheart, please take better care of yourself and don't worry about me. I'll be OK. I love you dear.
Your anxious

Picture from Party Eleanor Attended

Saturday, September 15, 2018

Pearl Harbor--Novocain

Thursday 12 October 9:30 AM
Good morning Sweet,
     Been rolling right along this morning. I have my fourth patient in the chair waiting for some Novocain to take hold, so I have a few minutes to myself.
     The morning mail didn't bring me anything so I guess I'll get a whole stack all at once, again. There really is nothing new to talk about.
     Sweetheart, do you remember how much you've wanted to go on "wiener-bakes" and how I always talked you out of it?" Well, darling, after this war I'll even go to "weenie-bakes" whenever you ask me to.
     The Novocain is working now so I must close. Bye Honey, till tonight.

Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Pearl Harbor--Will Leave

Lt. (j.g.) Gilbert Steingart
 U.S.S. Ocelot, F.P.O. San Francisco
Wednesday 11 October, 1944, 9:25 PM
Dearest Eleanor,
     Another busy day. Worked in my office all day long examining, extracting and filling teeth. It was so close that I was wringing wet. However, as soon as I went topside I was dry.
     The recreational gear I ordered was cut to the bone so this time I'm really ordering stuff. If we get it fine and dandy, if they cut me, we can get by, but I'll reorder a third time. Maybe by then I'll get what we need.
     No mail today except another song book, so I hardly have anything to write about. Although I've been busy it has been a straight routine and very uninteresting from a telling standpoint.
     We did have a very good movie tonight. "Abroad With Two Yanks." It is about two Marines in Australia but there is no war in it. Just a lot of fun from beginning to end.
     How is the new girl working out? Do the kids like her? How much time off is she getting? Gee, I hope everything is all set now and you can get out for an evening.
     Sweet, it won't be very long before we leave here and then you won't be getting mail for quite some time. After that you'll get a batch all at once just as you did last time. I know you'll be patient and not worry when the mailman passes you by.
     I'll send this off after the morning mail and now I'm going to turn in. Good night my love, my one and only. You are in my thoughts always and I'm looking to the day when you'll be in my arms again.

Monday, September 10, 2018

Pearl Harbor--Naughty Girl

Lt (j.g.) Gilbert Steingart
USS Ocelot, F.P.O. San Francisco
Wednesday 11 October 1944, 9:35 AM
Dearest Eleanor,
     Hello darling, how are you this morning? Our chief pharmacist mate got a 30 day leave and is returning to the states. So last night we sat around and talked until so late, that I decided to do my writing this morning instead. It is now 10:45 and this is all I've gotten written since I started. Come hell or high water, now I going to finish.
     Picked up 220 library books yesterday and there are many best sellers amongst them. After I got the books back to the ship I went on liberty. I did a lot of window shopping but still have the $100. Nothing seems to be just the thing I'm looking for. I returned to the ship for dinner and found we had two new ensigns aboard. I got another letter from you in the afternoon mail and everyone wants to know how I do it. Guess they never heard of love.
     We had another good move last night, "Sweet and Low Down," with Linda Darnell, Lynn Bari, Jack Oakie, and Benny Goodman. After the movie I returned to sickbay and the long visit I mentioned at the beginning of this letter.
     You mention Miss Earnest. The last time I heard from her she wasn't working but I don't believe she'd work long for Dr. White. They just wouldn't get along. At least that is my guess. So what if he is busy? As far as your teeth are concerned you were a naughty girl when I was in private practice. You always had something to do instead of keeping dental appointments. Oh well after the war I'll make other appointments for you and you'll break them again, but who cares. We'll be together and having fun and plenty of it. I haven't heard from Libby in a couple of weeks but suppose I'll hear soon. If I don't find anything more by the middle of next week I'll get my gifts off to you both for your birthday and Xmas for all.
     You know honey, you still aren't yourself and I can tell very easily. You say in one letter you are enclosing a clipping and then if comes in the next one. You sent me the first page of Deb's letter but where is the rest of it? Take it is easy Sweet, when I get back I want to find you your old sweet self not a nervous wreck. And don't be so suspect when you miss a letter from me one day. When we put out to sea it might be a month or more before any mail will leave the ship. Just remember every day that passes is one day closer to the time when we'll be together again. And even though I won't be hearing from you when we are out at sea you'll always be with me in my heart. You and my two darling girls.
     Do you remember how you got a gift every time I got a big case until big cases came so thick and fast we quit that routine? After the war we'll resume that and continue regardless of how many and now often I get them.
     Honey, I must wind this letter up so that if gets off today. I'll sign off with love and kiss to my sweet wife.
P.S. I've changed my mind about Xmas cards. Why not have some printed or made up with the signature:
Lt (j.g.) Gilbert Steingart
Dental Corps--U.S.N.R
     I could use about 100. If you attend to it right away and airmail the cards to me I should receive them in plenty of time.
Bye again darling. I love you

This was the Xmas Card

Friday, September 7, 2018

Pearl Harbor--Electric Shavers

Tuesday 10 October 1944,10:00 AM
Good Morning Sweet,
     Just got through reading the morning's mail. I sure did hit the jackpot. Three from you and notes from Taylor, Nina, Freda A., your mother, B'nai B'rith Bulletin and a note from the American Dental Association plus some Navy Department literature.
     I will answer the inquiry about Elaine immediately. Of course Mary is all wet, and I wasn't scolding or being angry honey. I was just trying to illustrate my point. However enough said on the subject.
     How is the new girl panning out? Twenty dollars a month for dancing school does seem quite high but once we leave here I won't spend half the amount I'm spending now and that will more than take care of it. Anyway please don't worry about money. I made some once and I'll do it again.
     Do you remember Linda's first Xmas? How I wish I could just view the movies of that day now. After the war I'm going to take more and more pictures. As a matter of fact I wish I had brought my camera with me. But then the expense would have been high.
     Honey I have an important errand for you. Call Marty immediately and see if he can give you or get for you an electric shaver. Any make will do, either new or used. The Captain's burned out and there are none obtainable here. If you get one, air mail it out immediately. Also write as to what luck you've had finding one.
     Got to dash now so I'll sign off. Bye, Sweetheart. I do love you and miss you and my girls a lot.