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Friday, April 20, 2018

Pearl Harbor--No Such Animule

Tuesday 5 September, 8:15 AM
Dearest Eleanor,
     Good morning my Sweet, how are you today? Had liberty yesterday and spent all morning looking for a pin you would like. Guess there "ain't no such animule." They all know what I'm looking for but no one has any.  Returned to the ship for lunch and then Cox, Glass and Yours Truly went into town. We dropped in on the Rikes whom I've mentioned before and they were as gracious as ever. We drank and ate canap├ęs all afternoon. In fact we ate so much we didn't need dinner. Got back to the ship about 9:30 and visited with the other officers in the ward room for an hour or so and then turned in.
     Got two letters from you yesterday. You seem to have plenty to keep you busy. Being welfare officer aboard this ship is giving me a little extra work to do. This morning I must go out and purchase some supplies and equipment for the officers and crew recreation. I just arranged for a gift for the kids, and Mrs. Rike promised to get it off for me within the next day or so. I can't tell you why they are getting if off for me but may be able to later.
     Well dear, such is my routine. Not much to do and yet not enough time to do things I'd like to do. What are you going to do about teaching? If you have to pay help $25 per week, I don't think substitute teaching would be worthwhile, considering how it would wear you out and such. Again I say don't worry about the money. If teaching will help occupy your time all right but we'll get by without the additional income.
     I didn't go to the movie last night--got back too late. "Phantom Lady" with Franchot Tone was the feature. We saw it together I believe. If we didn't, see it when you get a chance but have someone with you to hold your hand (female preferred). I'm way behind on my correspondence to everyone and will have to take a day off and write an original and a dozen duplicates to all.
     Nothing more now dear, take it easy and don't worry about me.

Love
Gil
Lt (j.g.) G. Steingart
U.S.S. Ocelot
F.P.O. San Francisco






Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Pearl Harbor--Enlightening


Monday 4 September 1944, 8:15 AM
Dearest Eleanor,
     Yesterday was my duty day--just another day aboard. Nothing of interest to talk about. The movie we had was "Dark Mountain." If it comes your way, miss it--just a waste of time.
     I forgot to answer a question in yesterday's letter regarding accounts. You don't have to bother with Miss Earnest. Anyone who hasn't made a payment since August 1st needs jacking up. If they have a phone, call them. If not turn them over to the California Professional Bureau. A small piece is better than nothing.
     A few of us got together yesterday on the subject of babies, obstetricians, etc. and I was able to make several enlightening remarks on the subject. Then we talked about buying items of wear for the better half and again I put in my two cents. You see, we have so much time with so little to do that I really solve all worldly problems. Yes, I can hear you now, "If you have so much time why not write longer letters and more often?" Yes, my sweet, but for reasons that I can't mention it is difficult to write now and besides what shall I write about? The weather is constant, warm with blue skies and occasional white clouds. No rain in the past week. Evenings are cool and comfortable. I'm well and miss you and the kids terribly. So I can repeat the above twice a day, day in and day out. The censors will pass that but it is silly to repeat same and nothing else.
     I'm going on liberty this morning. Your package has been on its way for about a week.  Maybe I'll find something for the kids that I can send off immediately.
     Well Sweetheart, nothing else to gab about and besides I have a couple of patients waiting. Will write again tonight when I return if there is anything at all to tell. In the meantime be good and don't upset yourself about nothing. I love you and always will.

Your loving husband
Gil
Lt (jg) G. Steingart
U.S.S. Ocelot
F.P.O. San Francisco



Monday, April 16, 2018

Pearl Harbor--Buy Bonds

Sunday 3 September 1944, 8:45 AM
Dearest Eleanor,
     Just received your letter with a picture of Linda and am answering immediately. I read and reread your lecture but good God Sweet there isn't a thing I can do about it. Every time I write a longer letter and try to put something of interest in it the censor either cuts it or returns it to me for rewriting. If some of your questions remain unanswered, remember I can't tell you everything. For instance I can't say "I'm going to see "so and so." "so and so" denoting either a place or individual. I can't say how long we may remain in any one place or even what's doing where we are. Yet those permanently based here can do and say practically anything they like. However after we leave here or after I see someone or do something then I may mention it, so please be patient.
     As for the insurance on the car, take out the same coverage we had the last year. You ask what to do with the $725 from the Plymouth. Buy a bond with it. Not the series "E" though. Get "G" I believe it is. Anyway the same series as the $2,000.00 bond we purchased last.
     Yes dear we now have movies aboard nightly and I always attend except when on liberty. I don't always mention the picture because some aren't worth mentioning. Last night was a good one--you should see it. "The All American Romance," in color, with Brian Donlevy. It ran for at least 2 1/2 hrs and held me every moment it showed.
     The reason I got my liberty fouled up was because the schedule had been changed and I was misinformed--so what. Not much to do when I have liberty anyway.
     I had a long visit with the Captain yesterday and we are planning recreation for the crew. As soon as it comes of it I'll tell you all about it.
     So you want me to spend at least 10 minutes a day writing to you. Darling every letter I've written has taken at least 30 minutes. If there were more to write about I'd gladly take many times more time.
     I showed off Linda's newest picture at breakfast (the time the letter arrived). The tropical background and the color brought forth many complimentary remarks. I'd almost forgotten how big Linda was getting but the picture refreshed my mind. Please take snaps of yourself and the kids and send them on regularly.
     I must be off now. Have to see the Captain about some arrangements to be made. Don't be blue Sweet. I do love you and think about you all the time.

Missing you always
Gil
Lt (j.g.) Gilbert Steingart
U.S.S. Ocelot
FPO San Francisco



Sample Bond

Could this be the photo of Linda?  The foliage is tropical.
Linda at the San Diego Zoo in June 1944 






Friday, April 13, 2018

Pearl Harbor--Attacked

Friday 1 September 1944, 9:30 PM
Dearest Eleanor,
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morning. I don't like it but I guess I can stand it if others can. By the time I got squared away it was time for lunch, so I showered and changed. After eating, Graves, Hansen, and I went on liberty.
     We stopped at the hotel taken over by the Navy. I have mentioned it before. We had a few beers. Walked around and window shopped and back for some more beer. Then we had dinner and caught a bus back to the ship. Hansen and Graves have already turned in and I'm going to also. I'll finish this letter in the morning.
     Good night Sweetheart and pleasant dreams.

Love
Gil
Good Morning Honey,
     During the night we were attacked by insects and you should have heard the "bitching" at breakfast. I'm not sure what they were but I think they were mosquitoes. Anyway they bit me here and there and most everywhere except?
     Did you know I've been on a diet? Started last Saturday and during this week I've lost 8-9 pounds. Not bad, eh! I shall stay on a modified diet indefinitely since there isn't much physical activity that I can get into.
     No mail yesterday so I should get some today. Time to go to work and besides there is nothing more I can say so bye darling. I still love and miss you more than ever.

Your one and only,
Gil
P.S. Tell Ruth and Mother and Deb I'll write as soon as there is something to write about.  In the meantime, give them all my love.
Gil

Hotel Taken Over by Navy



Pearl Harbor--Jungle Woman

Thursday, 31 August 1944, 10:30 AM
Dearest Eleanor,
     Good morning, Sweet, dreamed about you again last night. I was a civilian and working hard in my office. You came up but wouldn't kiss me because you had a cold. However I put stop to that nonsense. Guess if I had slept on I would have had a cold too.
     Kept pretty busy yesterday. Got your package off this morning and I hope you like what I sent. Will send along Linda's and Norma's as soon as possible.
     Received your letter of the 26th, one from Libby with Jim's address and the bulletin. Send the bulletin regular mail. Any news in there will keep a week or two longer.  That was yesterday. This morning I received two more from you, one from Libby and one from my mother.
     It certainly would be wonderful if I could be back in time for your birthday (no I haven't forgotten) but I don't believe anyone knows now where we'll be then. All one can do is hope. Even if I can't be with you in person you are always with me in my heart.
     After dinner last night we got out on deck and played a game of dart throwing for awhile. Then we had a movie "Jungle Woman" which was a remake of one we'd seen. About a female ape that is changed by some doctor into a human and how she saves the life of an animal trainer when he is attacked by a lion in a cage. Interesting but some of the sequences were very illogical.
     Dear, I'm enclosing a poem I picked up which I think is apropos to us. Time to go to work my darling so good bye till tomorrow.

Your loving husband,
Gil







Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Peal Harbor--Cut Up


Wednesday 30 August 1944, 8:00 AM
Dearest Eleanor,
     Good morning dear. How about a nice big kiss? Thank you Sweet, that was nice. Went on liberty yesterday. Stopped downtown and did some shopping. I am sending you a house dress, sun suit, and blouse. For Norma and Linda I am sending grass skirts. Here is an interesting item about the grass skirts that are sold to be sent out of the island. The grass skirt that is straw colored is made of material purchased in the States. The skirts that are made up of different colors are made of the bark of a tree obtained in the Society Islands in the French East Indies. I'm sending the kids the East Indian variety. Your sun suit is called a "malo" and has a sarong and skirt all in one piece and a bra. The salesgirl put the ties through the loops and tied them so you shouldn't have too much trouble getting into it.
     After my shopping, Graves (one of the officers aboard) and I went to the beach. As I told you

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     What a difference! By then we were hungry so we hunted until we found a good Chinese restaurant. I still like shrimp, et. al. Did we eat!
     Well darling after dinner we walked around and at 8:15 caught a bus back to the base. Hope I get some mail this morning. Got a letter from Deb on Monday but none from you and none yesterday either. But then, that's just the way the mail is nowadays.

     My yesterday's letter was slightly cut up because I suggested the
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     Sorry!
     No more for the present Sweetheart. Time to go to work. Till tomorrow then

Love,
Gil






The sunsuit/malo actually a "maillot." Here is a sketch from a Simplicity sewing pattern. Linda remembers her mother's had beige background and a red floral print.

Sunday, April 8, 2018

Pearl Harbor--Censored

Tuesday 29 August 1944, Morning 
Dearest Eleanor,
     Good morning my Sweet. I dreamt about you last night. Wow, what a dream! It was all mixed up but did we have fun!
     Yesterday was just another day. The usual routine of eating, working and loafing. Saw a very amusing movie last night I'm sure you'd enjoy it. "Allergic to Love" with Martha O'Driscoll and Noah Berry, Jr. It's all about this couple that gets married and every time they kiss the wife gets an attack of hay fever--some fun.

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     If it is I won't be going ashore until Friday.
     Don't worry about money. I cashed a $20 check with Dr. Gilman before we left and since then got paid. I still have over $70 and there will be another pay day Thursday. I'm sure I can more than get along on what I get here 

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     Got a letter from Deb yesterday, but nothing else. Bet I get several today.
     Glad to hear Linda is doing so well. I'd love to hear some of Norma's chatter, but then I'd love to be with all three of my girls. Sweetheart your last letters sounded like you were so unhappy. Please don't let this get you down. This mess will be over soon. We're young and we'll have lots of good times together.
     Remember, we always enjoyed life and made the most of everything and when we are together again we'll have first, a swell second honeymoon, and then resume where we left off.
     It's time for me to go to work darling. So bye until tomorrow.

Loving you always,
Gil