Thursday, June 30, 2016

Flying

Lt. (j.g.) Gilbert Steingart
U.S.S. Ocelot, FPO San Francisco
Wednesday 24 January 1945, 9:45 PM
Dearest Eleanor,
     Hello darling, how are you tonight?. I'm swell but I miss you terribly and there is nothing either of us can do about it.
     Today began as usual with work. And after sweating all morning I decided it was time for a little recreation so I joined a few of the officers who were going ashore. We had a few beers and spent most of the afternoon hunting shells. My collection has many variety, sizes, shapes and colors of shells. We returned to the ship at 5:00 PM.
     Our new engineering officer reported aboard this afternoon and seems to be a nice chap. He got a tough break though. His last duty was about 150 miles from here. However he flew from there back to Pearl and then back here. Flying about 3600 miles just to cover 150 miles is going some isn't it?
     We just closed a deal to buy 350 cases of coca cola for the officers mess and will pick them up tomorrow. Including cases and bottles they'll cost us .053 cents per bottle and that is dirt cheap.
     The mail man only brought me a birthday card from my mother this morning but when I got back from the island I found a most welcome letter from you. It was dated the 14th but from what you say I guess there are ones from the 13th and 14th still due. You see the last letter of the 13th mentioned a package you received from me but didn't open because you wanted to get the kids to bed. No further mention is made in today's letter so there must be one or two in between. I'll receive them one of these days.
     The movie tonight consisted of 5 shorts and a Bing Crosby picture entitled "My Girl Like Music" but it was just fair.
     Now to your letter. You seem to be seeing movies the same time we are. Just the other night we had "Bowery to Broadway" just the other night. A funny thing I remarked at the end of the show that what was lacking was color. All great (?) minds run in the same channels.
     So Ruth broke down and called you. Well I guess she took to heart the letter I wrote her before she went East. Well, we'll see later if she really meant it.
     It didn't take Mary and Willie to get over their spat. After all these years, she should be used to her trouble.
     I know you miss me Sweet because I know how I feel. Just the same I tickled pink that you are all dated up. I do hope you get lots of pleasure out of your outings.
     Darling, do you remember the night you kissed me for the first time? We were parked in the alley and you gave me a peck and ran like h---. Bet you were afraid I'd rape you. Well you'll never be able to run fast enough when I get back.
     No more for now honey so good night and dream about me. I'm going to do the same about you.

Love,
Gil


U.S.S. Ocelot







Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Forever Amber



Lt. (j.g.) Gilbert Steingart
U.S.S. Ocelot, F.P.O. San Francisco
Tuesday 23 January 1945, 10:10 PM
Dearest Darling,
     Just got back from the movies. We had a double feature, "Mark of the Whistler" with Richard Dix and "Reckless Age" with Gloria Jean. Both were good and I'd seen neither of them before.
     Today was just another day. I examined ten men this morning and then worked on patients until 11:30 AM. Had luncheon and then read some more of "Forever Amber" by Winsor. If you haven't already done so, read it. Although she is quite mercenary, we could sure use that gal out here.
     Kept busy most of the afternoon but God knows what I did. I know I sent off a couple of messages to nearby ships relative to dental appointments, looked up some data in the Manual of the Bureau of Medicine, and censored some mail. But still where the whole afternoon went I don't know.
     Anyhoo! I showered and read some more from 4:30 to 5:30 PM when I dressed for dinner. After chow we stood around on deck and enjoyed a refreshing, cool breeze until sundown. Read some more professional literature in my office until movie time and two hours later here I am.
     No mail, nothing today. Maybe tomorrow. I hope! Is my mail coming more regularly now? I do hope so.
     Sweet do you remember the time we drove to San Francisco for Libby's wedding and came home all in one weekend? Gosh was I sleepy and tired. No good for anything. Oh well when I get back our trips will be short with plenty of time in between (take it anyway you like).
     That is all for now Honey. Good night and pleasant dreams.

Your impatient lover,
Gil







Monday, June 27, 2016

Like a Woman

Lt. (j.g.) Gilbert Steingart
U.S.S. Ocelot, F.P.O. San Francisco
Monday 22 January 1945, 9:45 PM
Dearest Eleanor,
     Just got back from another 4.0 movie. We had "From the Bowery to Broadway" a musical with Maria Montez, Jack Oakie and several other stars. See it, it's entertaining.
     The mailman was good to me today and brought me nine letters. There were six from you, a letter from Deb and two birthday cards--one from Libby and Nat and one from Loretta.
     Now to your letters. They're postmarked the 7th, 9th and 12th which still leaves the 11th and 12th to come plus whatever comes after the 13th. Packages are still coming through so here's hoping I get mine soon.
     First darling, don't get your heart set on my being home in three months. You know the Navy changes its mind just like a woman. My chances still look good but still there is always the possibility that____. Also if we did return in three months it would take somewheres between twenty days and a month's sailing time to get back to civilization. So be patient and hope for the best, but please don't work yourself up into what could turn out as a big disappointment.
     Glad Dave made corporal but Deb writes he's in the "line" which means he is due for overseas duty and that aint good. I don't know what instructions Dave can give Sol. For the amount of time Sol has been in he has progressed further than Dave. I bet he comes out of this war with the higher rate.
     Don't feel badly about my not hearing from you daily. I still hold the record amongst the officers for the most mail and when I do get any it is always a stack.
     I don't know what more to say about Arrowhead except wait and see.
     The Willie, Wally,and Mary story is interesting but it isn't new except that now that Mary caught up with Willie the cat is out of the bag so the cat (Willie) may as well play. What surprises me is that his health stands up to it all.
     Yes dear by the time I get home it should be Lieutenant without the j.g. I hardly know what to ask for as a gift from Libby. "Coronet" would be nice but it really doesn't matter.
     I'm glad to hear about Abe Weinberg. He is a bright chap and should go far in the Navy and out. Right now they are crying for men in certain fields for additional training. Many men are really getting terrific training at no expense to themselves and it will stand them in good stead after the war. There is just one catch. I doubt very much whether these fellows who are getting all this training will be released. It is my guess that they will be kept on for many years.
     Enjoyed your report on the installation. Next year we have a date to attend it together.
     The Arnerichs, Paul and Vincent are brothers. One graduated in '31 and one in '32. They are both in the Navy one being stationed at the hospital in San Diego and the other out here.
     Don't stop sending packages or mail. Goodness gal. That was scuttlebutt and it depends entirely on the progress of certain military campaigns. Besides if we return, mail will always go to our next port and held there until we arrive. So, take it easy and keep those panties on. I'll take them of personal-like when I get there.
     No more for now so good night my Sweet and pleasant dreams.

Loving you always,
Gil


Dave--Gil's brother-in law









Saturday, June 25, 2016

Ship's Company

Lt. (j.g.) Gilbert Steingart
U.S.S. Ocelot, F.P.O. San Francisco
Sunday 21 January 1945, 10:20 PM
Dearest Eleanor,
     Hello Darling just got back from another good movie. We had "To Have and to Have Not" with Humphrey Bogart and it was 4.0, see it.
     This being Sunday I began work as usual and wasn't through until 11:15. I'm reading an interesting book, "Forever Amber," with a background of the England of Charles II. This gal Amber evidently had what it takes but I'm wondering how she can continue to dish it out for more than 900 pages. I'll read and find out.
     After lunch I read some more and then finished assignment #5 of my course. Now I'll get one of the boys to type it up and send it in.
     Got my copy of the ship's company photo and though I took a lousy picture I'm going to send it on.
     It seems that officers must take a physical exam every year so after dinner the doctor gave me the once over and found I was still qualified for sea duty. No survey yet.
     The mailman came twice today but passed me up both times. I hope he does better by me tomorrow.
     Nothing new or different to tell you except it was a little cooler today, not a hair over 85 degrees. The sea has been quite choppy the past few days. There must be a pretty good storm blowing at sea.
     Darling, do you remember when Linda was just beginning to talk? What a bang she got when I honked the horn in the tunnel on the coast highway? How about Norma? Does she like that too?
     I'm getting sleepy dear so I'll sign off. Good night Sweetheart, till we meet tomorrow.

Love,
Gil



USS Ocelot Crew
First two rows are officers.
The other rows are enlisted men.
Gil is in front row on right end








Friday, June 24, 2016

Black Out

Lt. (j.g.) Gilbert Steingart
U.S.S. Ocelot, F.P.O. San Francisco
Saturday 20 January 1945, 9:50 PM
Dearest Eleanor,
     Just got back from the movie. It was the sweetest love story and just made me think of us. The title, "The Very Thought of You." You must see it. I don't believe I mentioned yesterday's movie in my last letter. It was "San Fernando Valley," just amusing but nothing exciting.
     Well Sweet today began as usual with work. However at 10:00 AM we had Captain's Inspection so we knocked off work at 9:30 AM. By the time inspection was over it was 11:00 AM and too late for more work
     After lunch a recreation party went ashore so I joined them for a few beers and a little relaxation. I found some more shells and have quite a variety now. It was quite rough coming back and I got soaked to the skin. However after a shower and change of clothes I was ready for dinner.
     After dinner I censored some mail and accepted a challenge by the baseball team of another ship for a game Monday. The ship that the chaplains came over from on Sunday has left, so I had some last minute messages to send to arrange for our men to attend divine services tomorrow. By the time all the details were arranged it was 8:00 PM and time for movies.
     After the show I came down to my office for our nightly visit and surprise, two letters from my Sweet postmarked January 13th. I'm' still looking for mail of the 5th, 7th, 9th, 10, 11th and 12th. Guess they'll all come in a day or two.
     Now to your letters. You sound much happier and that makes me that way too. I don't understand Leon's wish for a hospital ship that is safe and not blacked out. I don't trust the Japs and evidently neither do the authorities out here. I've seen hospital ships in and out of this anchorage. They black out along with other ships. However from the stand point of a medical or dental officer I guess a hospital ship is the most desirable type of sea duty.
     Find out Vic Spitzer's address and also what outfit he is in. I might be seeing him one of these days.
     No dear the Ocelot is in no need of repairs. The scuttlebutt persists although as I mentioned a couple of days ago it may be a month longer than I first thought. However, relax; if we ever head east I'll let you know in ample time.
     Will look for those chains. You should be receiving the necklaces I made for the kids soon. I do hope you like them and don't forget the link on the clasp of one chain is temporary. Have Marty put a good link in.
     You're getting to be quite a regular "school marm" with all the teaching you're getting. I'm glad because I know keeping busy makes the time go much faster.
     I'm glad you found your earring. I had a very difficult time locating it and with Xmas gone it would be difficult to replace.
     What about the native girls? All the inhabitants have been removed to another island which is out of bounds to service personnel.
     I don't think Ruth should feel terrible about Dick. Discipline and active living will do him more good than all the money he could make. He'll learn to appreciate all that he now takes for granted, believe me I know.
     Sorry to hear about all the trouble your relatives in the east are having. We never seem to appreciate good health until it's gone.
     Darling, do you remember Sunday afternoons on the beach in Venice after the rest of the family went in to shower? Somehow the movie tonight reminded me of those happy days.
     Good night Sweetheart. I'll close now but I'll see you in my dreams.

Love,
Gil



Beer Drinking
Mog Mog Recreation Island, Ulithi
Gil standing on the left






Thursday, June 23, 2016

Thank God

Lt. (j.g.) Gilbert Steingart
U.S.S. Ocelot, F.P.O. San Francisco
Friday 19 January 1945, 6:30 PM
Dearest Eleanor,
     Hello Darling, here I am about to whisper a bunch of sweet nothings in your ear. I didn't get any mail but I can still say I love you.
     Today was just another routine day though my dental duties will be fuller from now on (thank God). I'd just as soon do dentistry as mess around with other travails.
     Put in ten fillings, extracted two teeth and examined fifteen men. It was 11:30 by the time I was through so I had time to freshen up before lunch.
     This afternoon I worked for a couple of hours on my correspondence course. Then I censored some mail, showered and by the time I dressed it was time to eat dinner. My how the day goes by!
     The past few days, the news bulletins coming in have been most encouraging. So much depends on how things go now that I can hardly wait for our daily newspaper.
     Sweet do you remember the first time you and I went to Catalina? I was a dental student and you were my best gal. Doesn't it seem years and years ago? At that quite a few years have gone by since then but I don't feel any older and if I were home I'd prove it.
     No more for now dear so I'll sign off by saying good night Sweetheart.

Love,
Gil

Gilbert Steingart
Dental Officer USS Ocelot




Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Orders

Lt. (j.g.) Gilbert Steingart
U.S.S. Ocelot, F.P.O. San Francisco
Thursday 18 January 1945, 6:30 PM
Dearest Eleanor,
     Another day. Another dollar. Began today with my usual morning routine. Put in nine fillings, examined eight men and appointed them for work.
     Then mail call. Got a letter from Mike, a short note and the baby announcement from Bob. Then there were a couple of Xmas cards from patients and some Navy Bureau of Medicine and Surgery literature. Then I went up to my room and found the book "Fountainhead" you had sent and also the book Libby had sent. By the way if you send me any more books be sure they are properly wrapped for mailing. The binding was slightly warped, probably got wet.
     After lunch I read some until the afternoon mail came. I got a letter from your mother and one from you written on the back of the Yearbook circular letter. Yes dear, I'll enjoy the "Yearbook" a lot.
     There really isn't anything new to write about. Three of the officers are still awaiting orders back to the states but so far no soap. We are five officers over complemented so orders should come through most any day.
     Today has been unusually hot and now that the sun is down we'll all cool off a little.
     The movie tonight is a 4.0 picture, "Going My Way" with Bing Crosby. I think I've seen it but I enjoy a good musical the second time just as much as the first showing.
     Darling do you remember when the Navy sent you a check for transportation for you and the kids from Santa Monica to San Diego? Did they send you my original orders to report for active duty? If you have it please send it on. It should be in my personal file and I don't seem to have it.
     Well Sweet I'm just about run out. Do you remember when you went to Philly and I wrote to you? Am I putting more down in writing now than then or am I still keeping "under cover?" Well, when I get home to hell with the cover. I can hardly wait for those happy days.
     Good night Honey, I'm going to sign off now. Love and kisses to you and ours.

Love,
Gil



Orders 





Monday, June 20, 2016

Merchant Marines

 Lt. (j.g.) Gilbert Steingart
U.S.S. Ocelot, F.P.O. San Francisco
Wednesday 17 January 1945, 6:35 PM
Dearest Eleanor,
     Well I did it again today. This morning I got the National Jewish Monthly and the American Dental Association Bulletin. This afternoon I got six letters from you, marked 4th, 6th and 8th. Also a nice letter from Harry. And best of all I got the recordings of Norma's and Linda's voices and yours too. Sweetheart it really was good to hear all three of you again. In the future cut the records a little deeper. There is an adjustment for it on the cutting head. With the needles we use out here the home recordings are easily ruined when shallowly cut.
     Now to your mail. No I didn't send cards to Krause or Kramer. They're not on my list and I've just got to draw the line somewhere.
     I don't recall the exact bank balance in the Santa Monica Bank account, though you could check it by the day book from my office. In the back there is a perpetual balance carried forward. I do think however it was around $2,300. Check it and let me know. How about taking $1,000 out from the San Diego bank and buying a series "G" bond. That is the same type we bought with the $2,000 from my office equipment. It is negotiable so it can always be cashed in and 2-1/2% interest is better than nothing.
     The signatures on the menu were those of the officers and crew, though probably several missed signing it. All the drawings on menus and greetings originated from my office. My corpsman is quite clever and when we get together we always get something nice out.
     About the liquor dear, I would have felt like a 24 karat heel to bootleg some of it to one of the crew. Sorry I can't agree with you on that point but it isn't important, really.
     Scuttlebutt still is the same though a month has been added to the original three that I heard of at first. Still I'd bet money that I won't be out longer than a year at the most. Keep your panties on. You'll have plenty of time to get ready when I get orders to return and then will there be a hot time in the old time! Wow!
     You mention three letters written on the 5th but I only got two. Bet I get another stack tomorrow. This mail is hard to figure. One of you letters tells me about records you're sending me and the records got here the same time as the letter. Yet one came air mail and the other regular mail.
     I see my guess about the Seitz home was correct. We'll still have a "real" home after this war and you'll be real proud of it. Just wait and see.
     The box of fruit and nuts Deb sent were glazed and very delicious. My roommates and I enjoyed it to the last crumb. The "vitamin pills" arrived in excellent condition but I still have most of them. You see, we can get chocolates and candies, so it's not as novel as the fruit.
     The Mary, Willie and Wally story is nothing new as far as I'm concerned. Surely you knew what was going on too.
     If Dick thinks the Merchant Marine as a job is better than the Navy he is in for a rude awakening. They may not have the strict discipline but Merchant Marine ships usually take part in invasions and are easier marks than Navy ships because they don't carry as much armament as a Navy ship would.
     Today has been just a routine day. Worked all morning examining and filling teeth. I've made a survey of the crews' health records and found 83 who hadn't received treatment in the past six months so I'm calling them all in, 10 per day.
     After lunch I went over to a nearby ship and bought a pint of ice cream for a dime and did I enjoy it. Then I looked after some library, welfare and mess duties that had been awaiting my attention. By then it was 4:00 PM so I undressed, showered, censored mail and read until 5:30. Then I dressed for dinner, ate and here I am.
     I forgot to mention that we had pictures of the whole ship's company taken yesterday and every man will receive a copy. I hope that the chief censor will allow them to be sent home.
     "Wilson" last night was good though it was slow in places. Tonight we have "This is the Life" with Peggy Ryan and Donald O'Connor and its rated 4.0.
     Well darling I've been writing now for forty-five minutes and my fingers are getting tired. Do you remember in the good old days when you were my social secretary and did all my writing for me? After the war you will receive you reappointment for life.
     Good night Sweet I love you and miss you and look to the day when we'll all be one again.

Impatiently,
Gil



A Recording



Christmas Menu originated in Gil's office

Signatures on back of Christmas Menu







Saturday, June 18, 2016

Mustered

Lt. (j.g.) Gilbert Steingart
U.S.S. Ocelot, F.P.O. San Francisco
Tuesday 16 January 1945, 6:55 PM
Dearest Eleanor,
     Well here is your drunky hubby again. I went ashore with a bunch of the boys and got back just in time for dinner. Just finished eating and here I am again.
     Today began as all routine days do. We mustered at quarters and then I went to work. Saw a couple of patients and was through for the day. Because of the scarcity of voluntary patients I'm beginning to call patients in who haven't had treatment since July 1, 1944. I have a list of some 80 odd men and that should give me a little something to do.
     After lunch six of us officers went ashore for a few beers and got back to the ship at 5:15. None of us were drunk, but neither were we sober--just feeling good.
     The movie tonight is "Wilson" a long picture--17 reels. Should run about 2-1/2 hours.
     Today, I received one letter from you, written on the 24th of December. There is no telling how mail will be received. Everything in it is so old that I shan't comment of anything.
     Darling do you remember years ago when I came home one Saturday night feeling rather high and you blamed it all on Perry? Well when I get home I'll be a good boy and really stick around. It's a promise.
     No more for now so I'll sign off. Good night Sweetheart, love and kisses from your one and only

Loving hubby,

Gil

Coupon book for beer




Thursday, June 16, 2016

War Bonds

Lt. (j.g.) Gilbert Steingart
U.S.S. Ocelot, F.P.O. San Francisco
Monday 15 January 1945, 7:20 PM
Dearest Eleanor,
     Well I did it! I hit the jackpot again. There were thirteen letters and cards and all but three from my own sweet girls. I must be getting soft because I just couldn't hold back a few tears when I read the sweet sentiment and love in the cards from you and our little ones. Besides that I got a letter from Libby and birthday cards from the Leavys and my mother.
     Now to your letter. First, the continuity is all mixed up because the letters were written December 30, 31 and January 1, 2, and 3. Four days ago I got mail dated January 4. Anyway here goes. I thought Anne had decided to stay and Joe was to get leave and come home. What happened? Why is she leaving now?
     Glad you saw "Gypsy Wildcat" I liked it too.
     I'm not sorry about those guys who quit defense jobs as soon as the heat was off and now have to go back. What we should have is a National Service Act and draft all men into defense jobs who don't meet military requirements. It's about time that people learned that buying a few bonds at 2.9% interest isn't really contributing much to our war effort. If I could get home and tell a few of our patriotic civic leaders what I and thousands like me think of them, I'd probably lose the few friends (?) I still have.
     Probably Sol's "shakedown" cruise hadn't begun yet. Usually right after that the ship goes on its way.
     Dear my instruments and records are valuable. I'd prefer having them in storage to lying around in the garage. No dear I can't tell you how many items I have down there.
     No dear I wouldn't care for any newspapers. They are at least thirty days old by the time they arrive. We get all war and national news daily. Besides paper clutter up the mail and slow up delivery of other pieces men would much rather receive.
     So you are back teaching! Guess you were wise in refusing that half time job. Between your work and household duties, I do hope you aren't overdoing.
     Darling do you remember that night at Arrowhead when we hired a speedboat for an hour's ride? We rode in the back seat and got all wet. But we had fun as we will again when I get home.
     Must sign off now and go to the movies. We are having "Alaska" and it is rated 3.9 so it should be good. Also the will be a "March of Time" and a cartoon.
     Good night sweetheart. Love and kisses to you and my two darlings.

Your lonesome "daddy,"
Gil


Birthday card from the Leavys









Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Flag

Lt. (j.g.) Gilbert Steingart
U.S.S. Ocelot, F.P.O. San Francisco
Sunday 14 January 1945, 7:35 PM
Dearest Eleanor,
     This has been a busy day but not with just dentistry. I began my morning by removing an impacted third molar and then filled five cavities for the brother of Raymond Gram Swing, the commentator. Then I did a gum treatment and was finished for the day.
     The remainder of the morning I chased around making arrangements for the religious service.
     After lunch I did some more chasing around with wardroom mess treasurer's business. We got a mess of additional flag officers aboard and I had to get them squared away. At this late hour I still have about 60% of them to see. Anyway at 4:00 PM I knocked off, undressed, showered and relaxed with a book until 5:30 when I dressed for dinner. After eating I worked some more on the above mentioned treasurer's job. Knocked off at 7:30 and here I am.
     "In Society" last night was amusing and tonight we have "Murder in the Blue Room." I didn't look to see who is in it but I'll see it anyway.
     The mail brought me two Xmas cards from patients and that was all. I'm ready for the jackpot tomorrow.
     Which reminds me, tomorrow is pay day but I think I'll let my money ride again. By the time I get back I should have enough for a glorious thirty day leave.
     Well darling there is little more to say. It was a little hotter today, but except for the fact that my clothes got soaked with perspiration I didn't notice it at all.
     Sweet, do you remember certain hot days in the later part of July 1934 at Arrowhead? I didn't notice the heat then either. If I get back in time for summer I won't care how hot it is. Get me?
     Good night honey, till tomorrow.

Love,
Gil



Sunday, June 12, 2016

Blackout

Lt. (j.g.) Gilbert Steingart
U.S.S. Ocelot, F.P.O. San Francisco
Saturday, 13 January 1945, 7:05 PM
Dearest Eleanor,
     Today was a little different. This morning we moved alongside another ship to take on additional personnel and supplies. The ship, a large tender, has five dental officers aboard, three chairs and a prosthetic lab. A dentist who I met last week at the Officers' Club showed me around. There isn't much more I can tell you. Oh yes, one of our men broke a tooth on his bridge, so I bummed one from the tender and will fix our man up in the morning.
     Because of a blackout last night we didn't have any movies, but I'm sure we'll have on tonight. The movie is Abbott and Costello in "In Society." I do hope it is better than "Lost in a Harem."
     We have an appendectomy tonight that I'll probably attend after the movie.
     There was no mail again today so I am practically out of things to say. So I'll say "I love you, Sweetheart." I'm sure that that can bear repeating. After dinner tonight, a few of us got to shooting the bull about home and family. Gee I felt homesick. Just to see you and hold you in my arms for a few minutes would be such bliss. And to have Linda and Norma climb over me and get lint all over my "blues" would be such fun. Oh well, guess I'll just have to wait a while longer. Do you remember when I'd come home and shoo the kids away because of the afore mentioned lint? I'll never be like that again.
     Well darling, there isn't much more for me to say so--goodnight my love until tomorrow.

Devotedly,
Gil





Saturday, June 11, 2016

Kaiten

Lt. (j.g.) Gilbert Steingart
U.S.S. Ocelot, F.P.O. San Francisco
Friday 12 January 1945, 7:15 PM
Dearest Eleanor,
     We had a little something to break the monotony today but that is all I can tell you at present. However as a result of the activity I didn't do any dentistry at all today. As a matter of fact I didn't do a damn thing all day long.
     All is as usual now. In about 25 minutes I'm going to the movies. Tonight we have a stinkergoo, Laurel and Hardy in "Big Noise" but I'll go for lack of anything else to do.
     There was no mail today so there is nothing you and I can discuss together. In fact because of today's routine there is nothing more for me to say.
     I see by our ship's newspaper that we made a successful landing on Luzon. However no mention is made of our losses. I'm afraid when the final count is made our losses in ships and men may be high. However that action was bound to be costly and as long as the goal was attained we should be glad.
     Well darling, are you back to a normal routine now that the holidays are past? Have you gotten any more calls to teach? I hope you did right in turning down half days. After all half days would be easier for you even if the money wasn't all there.
     Honey do you remember the day at Arrowhead when I took you sailing and how scared you were? Well, maybe this summer we'll try that again (could be!), I should know a little more about sailing or should I?
     I'm going to sign off now Sweet. Good night and pleasant dreams.

Love,
Gil


The reason for the break in the monotony was that "Kaitens," Japanese one man kamikaze torpedo submarines, struck in Ulithi.  LCI-600 was sunk. USS Mazama was rammed causing a death and injuries.