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Tuesday, January 19, 2021

Leyte--80 Degrees

Lieut. Gilbert Steingart
U.S.S. Ocelot, F.P.O. San Francisco
Wednesday 11 July 1945, 10:15 PM
Dearest Eleanor,
     Hello honey how is my Sweet tonight? I'm still the busiest dentist on the ship, there aren't any others. Was swamped under all morning and worked this afternoon until 3:00 P.M. Then I had my wardroom books audited. Following which I made out an order for some more recreation gear. By then it was 4:15 so I retired to my room for some reading and relaxation. Also, I had some mail to censor. Before I knew it, it was time to shower and dress for dinner.
     After chow we played cribbage until 7:30 and then went to see tonight's cinema. We had an excellent color cartoon and a short about Nova Scotia. The feature attraction "Hangover Square" with Laird Craeger and Linda Darnell which was also good. However don't see it. There are a few murders and such.
     Today was the coolest it has been since we've been here. As a matter of fact I felt cold lying in my skivvies and reading this afternoon. So when I got dressed I went up to the bridge to check the thermometer. What do you know? It had dropped to 80 degrees Fahrenheit and I was cold. Will you keep me warm when I get home?
     There are several questions I've failed to answer. About our chaplain, one was requested but so far none has shown up. Dr. Law is the second doctor aboard but he is only on temporary duty until the one who was assigned to us arrives. That should be in fifteen days or thereabouts.
     That is all for now darling so I'll say "nite-nite" my dear and until tomorrow I'll always be
Loving you as ever,
Gil

U.S.S. Ocelot






Sunday, January 17, 2021

Leyte--Thumb Sightseeing

Lieut. Gilbert Steingart
U.S.S. Ocelot, F.P.O. San Francisco
Tuesday 10 July 1945, 6:45 PM
Dearest Eleanor,
     Hello Darling, here is that guy again. This morning was the usual busy routine. Then I received a typhoid booster shot and a smallpox vaccination. My arm isn't very sore now but it will be by tomorrow.
     After lunch the captain and I went over to Joe Goldfarb's ship and he ran us up the coast to town. We went ashore and via the thumb went sightseeing. We must have covered plenty of miles because we were riding almost steadily from 2:30 to 5:00 PM when we returned to the dock. We had a boat take us over to Joe's ship which was anchored in the stream. It is an hour's ride, so we had dinner aboard the LCI. We got back aboard about fifteen minutes ago. It was quite and interesting trip and yet nothing outstanding I can write about.
     I received one letter from my sweet today so here goes. Let me know what you find out about a lot in the Pickering Estate. They are probably high but then one can never tell.
     There is a change in the flag setup which I can't go into at this time. Temporarily we have an admiral and commodore aboard. Soon however (we hope) the admiral will leave, but the commodore will remain. This commodore was a captain aboard before and was just promoted to his present rank. So much for that.
     I do hope for Deb and Dave's sake that Dave gets into Officers' Training. There is one catch that they may not be aware of and that is the officers trained at Navy or Marine expense, especially at this late date, will be the last to be released from active duty. Right now there is a big drive on to get reserves to join the regulars. So far the response is poor.
     No doubt Dick is ruining his health, but I for one shan't worry about it. He is old enough to know better and his attitude about the whole deal is very warped.
     There is nothing more to say. The movie tonight is an oldie "Boom Town" with Gable, Tracy, Colbert and Lamarr. The trip ashore was very dirty and I'm filthy. I'll take a shower before going to the movie.
     Goodbye now Sweetheart. I'll see you in my dreams.
Loving you always,
Gil

Was this LCI like Goldfarb's Ship?

Dick













Saturday, January 16, 2021

Leyte--Civilian First Class

Lieut. Gilbert Steingart
U.S.S. Ocelot, F.P.O. San Francisco
Monday 9 July 1945, 6:30 PM
Dearest Eleanor,
     Hello Honey, here I am again. For a change today, I was busier than ever. I worked form 8:15 till 11:30 and then went to lunch. After chow I had a one and one-thirty appointment and secured at 2:00 PM.
     I got word that a ship was leaving for the states and had some recreational gear to dispose of. I took a boat over there and got about $200 worth of equipment for nothing. I'll never know why they gave me the stuff and didn't want any money. But I didn't ask questions. We are only allowed $200 a year by the Navy and have to make up the difference from ship store profits. So the skipper and everyone else concerned are tickled pink to get the stuff. We got six tennis racquets, baseball gloves mitts, and bases, checkers and boards, etc. Not bad, eh.
     I got all the stuff back aboard and stowed by 5:00 PM. Then I had my hair cut, showered and dressed for dinner.
     This month's ALNAV is out and from the way it reads the promotion period will be extended to eighteen months beginning next month. They aren't stopping promotions but they are dragging it out so that they might just as well. I know I'll never make Lieutenant Commander and don't want to. Civilian first class is okay with me.
     I got three letters today postmarked July 2 and that isn't bad. Don't you worry about when I get home. No one will horn in on our honeymoon, least of all your sister Ruth. I do hope Norma gets over her indisposition soon because I know how upsetting her being sick can be. Did you take her to the doctor's as I suggested?
     Dick's carrying on is disgusting. It is no wonder he has been sick so much and he'll be lucky if he doesn't run into any more trouble.
     I enjoyed those pictures you sent especially those of the kids. Keep on trying. Maybe soon I'll get a snap of the Eleanor I used to know with a real smile on her face.
Our movie tonight is "The Clock" with Judy Garland. I hope it's good.
     I'm writing letters to both mothers and Ruth so I've got enough to do for tonight. Goodnight, my Sweet, I'll see you in my dreams.
Love,
Gil

Lt. Steingart's insignia











Friday, January 8, 2021

Leyte--Good Spirits

Lieut. Gilbert Steingart
U.S.S. Ocelot, F.P.O. San Francisco
Sunday 8 July 1945, 7:15 PM
Dearest Eleanor,
     Hello Sweet, I hope you are still feeling well and keeping real busy. Simmie had seen last night's movie and didn't wish to see it again. But he insisted I go while he took a nap. After the movie we went up to the wardroom, had cokes, and sat and talked until 11:00 PM and then turned in.
     This morning I ate a regular breakfast to keep Simmie company, and besides, I always had breakfast at home on Sunday. Then I saw a few patients while Simmie read some magazines. Then mail came. I got an Esquire, two letters from you, one from your mother and one from Mary Regan. We read and loafed around until lunch time. After eating I saw Simmie off on the ferry to the beach.
     Now to your mail. I'm worried about Norma's bilious attacks. Does she take after her mother? I wish you'd take her over to Sieger's office and have him check her over.
     You are entirely too sensitive. The Steins were seldom guests at our home. Their interests and ours were always different. They are still as good friends as we have in Santa Monica.
     I don't know why you wish to make yourself miserable losing weight. You look OK to me in those snaps you sent. You could stand a smile on your face, but I'll attend to that later, personally.
     Trying to have a boy long distance is impossible anyway so I won't discuss it now. You'll have to wait until I come home.
     We have a good movie (I hope) tonight. It is "Colonel Blimp" and is 18 reels. Hope it doesn't drag.
     So ends another week. One week less for us to be apart. Sweetheart I sure do miss you and hope we'll be together again soon.
     No more for now so I'll sign off. Goodnight Darling. Try to be in good spirits.
I love you as always
Gil

Snaps of Linda and Eleanor








Leyte--Seasick

Lieut. Gilbert Steingart
U.S.S. Ocelot, F.P.O. San Francisco
Saturday 7 July 1945, 7:20 PM
Dearest Eleanor,
     Here I am again my sweet. As usual I had a busy morning. After lunch I wrote Libby a letter about Mother and we'll see what'll happen.
     At 1:30 I met the ferry boat coming from the beach and sure enough Simmie was aboard. He was starved so I took him up to the wardroom and fixed him up with some chow. Then we took a boat and went over to the Officers' Club. Poor guy, he got seasick going over and coming back though it was really calm out today. Anyway we had a couple of drinks and got back to the ship at 6:00 PM. Simmie lay down in my bunk until 6:30 and then we went up for dinner. Now he is reading in my bunk while I'm writing this letter.
     There is no mail to answer so there isn't much more to say. Tonight's movie is a mystery "Circumstantial Evidence."
     I just had a patient come over from another ship so I'll sign off because I want to get to the movie on time.
     No more. So goodnight Darling. I'll see you in my dreams.
Love,
Gil

Gil at Officers' Club Leyte




Leyte--Gold Braid

Lieut. Gilbert Steingart
U.S.S. Ocelot, F.P.O. San Francisco
Friday 6 July 1945, 7:15 PM
Dearest Eleanor,
     Hello Sweetheart, here I am again after another day. I had a very busy morning and then after lunch I had six more patients to take care of. Then I repaired to my bunk, censored mail and finished "Strange Women." If you haven't read it do so. I think you'll enjoy it.
     After a refreshing shower I dressed for dinner and then played cribbage. Now here I am.
     The mail brought me six letters, five from you and one from Sam Kahn. Naturally I always enjoy your letters but today's made me doubly happy simply because I read that you got over you nervousness and are generally in better spirits.
     The color scheme of our house sounds quite nice. I'm sure that you are quite able to choose colors without my expert (?) help.
     I'm expecting Simmie over tomorrow. He was supposed to drop me a line confirming our date. Maybe the letter was delayed, so I'll meet the boat he is supposed to come over on.
     Yes Dear I really get more mail than anyone I know of. In a letter to the Fleet Dental Officer, I've already indicated where I'd like my next duty to be. He asked for that and other information.
     So Norma was indisposed again. It doesn't sound like much and I hope there is no more trouble. You've had enough.
     It does sound like the Siegers just had a change of heart or mind about having you along for a month at Lake Arrowhead. However, I hope something does work out and if not maybe I'll be home soon enough to make it up to you.
     Enewetok was our stop over between Pearl Harbor and Ulithi. Regulations now permit saying where you were thirty days after you leave the place. This is a new rule. I just overlooked telling you, but now you know. Did you find it on a map? It's in the Marshall Group.
     It certainly is a surprise about Mike and I'm glad it isn't Berger's Disease. That is incurable while arteriosclerosis can be counteracted by diet and no overexertion or excitement.
     I like the photos you sent although the minicolors certainly aren't worth $1.00 each.
     We have a good movie tonight, "Tonight and Every Night" with Rita Hayworth and Janet Blair.
     In one of your recent letters you asked about changing the braid in my blues. Okay, go ahead and do it. Have two full strips put on the uniform I left with you and send the full stripe that is on the suit now to me. No gold braid is available out here. I'll have it put on the blues I have with me. That way the braid will match better on both suits.
     So my love, another day comes to an end. Another day less for our separation. Won't they be happy days when we are all together again?
     Goodnight Darling, I'll dream of you and us tonight.
Loving you always,
Gil

Gold Braid 










Wednesday, January 6, 2021

Leyte--Captains and Commodores

Lieut. Gilbert Steingart
U.S.S. Ocelot, F.P.O. San Francisco
Thursday 5 July 1945, 10:40 PM
Dearest Eleanor,
     Another busy day. I had to move right along all morning and then had three patients this afternoon. After that I finished up my mess statement and that is out of the way for another month.
    I seem to have impressed some of the high paid help in the flag. Although he has two dentists on his own ship, I was called to take care of a commodore today. After I took care of this officer he asked me if I was reserve or regular Navy. I told him I was reserve and he remarked that with my operating speed and skill I should make lots of money on the outside. I laughed and told him I did alright by myself before I came into the Navy. Anyway, it doesn't hurt to have a few captains and commodores with a good opinion of my abilities.
     I got one love letter from you today and it made me very happy. Do you know why? Just because you said you were in a happier frame of mind. You'll never know how upset I get when I read how unhappy and alone you are.
     The ship Jim Lyons was on has left but I'm sure I'll be able to dispose of the candy.  That never seems to be any trouble way out here. However the last batch of coffee candy was kind of melted. The only sweets I've received in perfect conditions were the glazed fruit you sent and the can of candy Deb sent. The heat ruined everything else so please don't send anything more unless it is glazed fruit or canned.
     We had a good movie but don't see it as it'll make you too nervous. It was "The Unseen" with Joel McCrea, Gail Russell and Herbert Marshall.   
     I'm glad you liked the novelties I made. I'll get busy and make some more. In the meantime I'd better sign off. I still have mail to censor and it is already 11:00 PM.
     Goodnight my Sweet and keep in good spirits. Better days will soon be here. I love you and miss you more than words can say.
Yours alone,
Gil