Lt. (j.g.) Gilbert Steingart
U.S.S. Ocelot, F.P.O. San Francisco
Tuesday 16 January 1945, 6:55 PMDearest 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
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