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Monday, November 5, 2018

At Sea--Writing

Lt. (j.g.) Gilbert Steingart
U.S.S. Ocelot, F.P.O San Francisco
Saturday 28 October 1944, 11:15 PM
Dearest Eleanor,
     This has been another routine day. My arm feels practically well this morning and I've felt 4.0 all day so the effects of the shot didn't last very long.
     I began the day by seeing six patients in the morning. Then after lunch I read for a while and then worked on those gadgets I'm making.
     I has been quite warm all day long with very little breeze although it is always comfortable up on the bridge. After dinner this evening I made my daily visit to the bridge and visited with the O.D. (Officer of the Day).
     About 8:00 PM I went down to the wardroom for a glass of iced coffee and a game of Peek. After that Ambie, the Doctor and I stood out on deck and until just a few moments ago talked.
     All the officers wonder what I can say writing daily. The only things of interest that happen can't be told and daily routine is quite uninteresting. Most of them write once or twice a week and they are all betting that I'll quit this one a day soon. Maybe I will but not yet. I can still tell you I love you and even if there is a lot of repetition you'll still know what my days consist of mostly.
     Nothing more for now, my Sweet. Till tomorrow "lot---s of love"

Thursday, November 1, 2018

At Sea--All Over But The Shooting

Lt. (j.g.) Gilbert Steingart
U.S.S. Ocelot, F.P.O. San Francisco
Friday 27 October 1944, 9:30 PM
My Dearest,
     I didn't sleep well last night. My arm was sore and I kept rolling over on that side and waking up. This morning I felt better except that my arm is still sore. I never thought a tetanus shot would bother me so much.
     This has been a quiet day for me. Saw patients this morning and just lounged around for the rest of the day. I finished a book "All Over but the Shooting" a humorous mystery story of war time Washington, D.C. My next book is "Let's Face It" by Throne Smith. Expect to start that his afternoon.
     After I finished reading I went to work on the ? I'm making for you and the kids. There will be many hours of work and I hope you will like it. Anyway the time goes much fast when I'm occupied.
     After dinner I repaired to the bridge and enjoyed the cool ocean breeze. Ambie and I found comfortable deck chairs and sat around and sang songs, old and new, for over an hour. Then we went into the wardroom for a game of Peek. By that time it was 9:00 PM and some of the officers who had night watches turned in so we broke up our game and here I am.
     Gee, Sweet I'd sure love just a little note from you now. Just to know that you and the kids are well and everything is secure. Guess I'll have to wait several days before I may enjoy that pleasure.
     In the meantime darling, good night. I'll see you in my dreams. I love you.

Tuesday, October 30, 2018

At Sea--Tetanus Shot

Lt. (j.g.) Gilbert Steingart
U.S.S. Ocelot, F.P.O. San Francsico
Thursday 26 October 1944, 9:00 PM
Dearest Wife,
     Was I mad this morning. It must have been past 1:00 AM before I finally turned in. During the night the clocks were turned back a half hour. The mess boys didn't know that so they woke me at 6:30 AM. Now I'll be short the half hour from 6:30 to 7:00 AM that I usually sleep in.
     I have arranged my hours of work so that I do all routine dentistry in the morning before it gets warm and stuffy. For the rest of the day I stay topside as much as possible.
     This morning after I finished up my appointments I got another tetanus shot and my arm has been sore ever since. I've had many shots but this is the first time I got a real reaction.
     The other day, I picked up a magazine you might enjoy. It is called "The Woman" and is a digest magazine such as "Readers Digest." There were several articles I enjoyed reading and I know you would also.
     This afternoon with my sore arm and the warm weather, I found me a cool, shady spot on the captain's bridge and read for a while. In the late afternoon the captain invited our exec and me into his cabin for a cup of coffee. Then I visited the navigation bridge until dinner which was lousy.
     This evening, the exec, Hansen, Cox and I went to the wardroom and played a few games of "Peek" which I described to you a long time ago.
     Sweet, I do feel punk tonight. My arm is sore and achy and I'm perspiring to beat the band. Good night Honey until tomorrow. I love you as always.
Your one and only

Saturday, October 27, 2018

At Sea--Stars and Constellations

Lt. (j.g.) Gilbert Steingart
U.S.S. Ocelot, F.P.O. San Francisco
Wednesday 25 October 1944 12:00 (Midnight)
Dearest Eleanor,
     After writing last night, I intended to turn in because it was past 11:00 PM. However there was no sleep in me so I went up on the bridge and kept the watch officers company.
     It was a beautiful night. The sky was completely lit up by stars and a bright moon hanging high. I just couldn't help think how wonderful it would be to have you with me on an ocean cruise. When I turned in finally it was past twelve.
     Today was just another routine day. Worked all morning and part of the afternoon. It was rather stuffy in my office and I knocked off about 3:00 PM. Spent the rest of the afternoon on the bridge. We could see rain squalls on the horizon and expected some foul weather which didn't materialize. The cloudy sky of early evening gradually cleared up and by 11:00 PM the stars and moon where shining in all their glory.
     Our navigator began pointing out various stars and constellations and before we got through I had a chart of all the large stars and planets which I'm going to study. Astronomy is very fascinating and I will have time to do a little studying.
     It is really late night so I must say good night (better yet good morning) to my darling. Until tomorrow, loving you always.
Your husband

Thursday, October 25, 2018

At Sea--Welfare Officer

Tuesday 24 October 1944, 10:00 PM
Dearest Eleanor,
     Hello darling how are you? Believe it or not this has been a busy day from the time I climbed out of my sack.
     I worked in my office until lunch time. Since then I've been busy with other duties. Because of some changes in the ward room mess I have a closing statement for the last period to complete and I haven't found anyone yet who understands accounting. Anyway I spent three solid hours doping out a statement and I hope I have it correct now.
     Then, as welfare officer, I've had calls for fishing line, medicine balls, poker chips, playing cards, dart games and what have you. To top it off I brought our record player down from the radio shack, where it was hooked up to the ship's Public Address System, and set it up to play from 8:00 PM till now. You see the rest of ship is dark and quiet after 8:00 PM to give watch standers a chance to sleep.
     Yes honey, I manage to keep my days full and like it better that way. How are you passing your time? Do the kids keep you as busy as ever or does Betty keep them out of your way? Gee I wish you could sit out on deck with me and enjoy the warm, balmy evening, look at the many twinkling stars in the sky and let me whisper sweet nothings in your ear! Now it would be time for a nice hot kiss and a bunny hug. That's the way I feel today. Sweet and all I can do is dream about you now. Well there will be many days when I shan't need to dream about you because you'll be right there and will I be willing and able! And will you?
     Well, Sweet, I am sleepy and will probably be awakened at 6:30 so I'm going to turn in now. But before I go, do you remember the first time you kissed me? My did you run. Bet after this war you don't run away. If you do I know a guy that'll catch you before you are well started.
     Good night Sweetheart, until tomorrow.

Tuesday, October 23, 2018

At Sea--1,200 Books

Lt. (j.g.) Gilbert Steingart
U.S.S. Ocelot, F.P.O. San Francisco
Monday 23 October 1944, 8:00 PM
Dearest Eleanor,
     This has been a swell day. The sun was not particularly hot today and as a result it was cool and comfortable all day long.
     I did a little work in my office and concentrated on the library the rest of the time. I didn't realize what a job cataloguing and indexing over 1,200 books was but I know now. Here is what we are doing. First we have two cards for each book, one showing the title first the other author first. Then we have a third card to show the borrowers name and date the book is due. I will more or less have to classify all non-fiction books according to the Dewey Decimal System. It is quite a project but I believe I can do it. So much for our library.
     I've received many requests today for recreational gear and will break those out in the morning. My next few days will be busy ones but I like that because it helps the time go faster.
     How are you doing? By now you've probably learned more about me from Al and Jim than I've been able to tell you so I hope all your questions are answered.
     There is little more I can add except that I miss you more each day and doubt whether I'll ever get enough loving to make up for the time we've lost. However it'll be fun trying.
     Good night Sweet. I'm going to turn in early.
Loving you always

Sunday, October 21, 2018

Pearl Harbor--Phonograph

Lt. (j.g.) Gilbert Steingart
USS Ocelot, F.P.O. San Francisco
Sunday 22 October 1944, 9:05 PM
Dearest Eleanor,
     Hello Sweet, did you have a pleasant Sunday? Today is the day I usually spent with my girls. Oh well, after this is all over there'll be lots of Sundays for you and me with our two girls to keep us busy.
     This has been a rather quiet day. I worked all morning and part of the afternoon. About 3 o'clock I broke out a new phonograph we got and some recordings of radio programs. We had a little trouble getting the machine hooked up but finally did. Then we tried out a few of the programs and they will be swell when radio reception isn't favorable.
     The movie this evening was a real "oldie" but quite enjoyable--Bob Hope and Betty Hutton in "Let's Face It." Although I had seen it before I got a lot of laughs out of it so it must have been good entertainment.
     What did you do today? Did you go over to Ruth's and have dinner there or is that program discontinued? I had expected to see Al today but it was impossible to reach him and I had the medical duty aboard.
     Please darling, be patient come what may. You may not get all the answers and get mail regularly but believe me I love you, always have and always will.
     For a change, this has been a cool and comfortable day. A few clouds in the sky do make a difference especially when they get in the way of the sun.
     Sweetheart do you remember how you always had to prod me to write a letter. Well dear after the war you are once again appointed official correspondent for the Steingarts.
     Good night darling and pleasant dreams. Love and kisses to you and a couple of hugs for our girls.