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Thursday, May 25, 2017

Monsoon Season

U.S.S. OCELOT (IX-110)
c/o Fleet Post Office
San Francisco, California
Friday 7 September 1945, 7:00 PM
Dearest Eleanor,
     Hello Sweetheart how is my "bride" to be? It is still raining and hasn't stopped since yesterday morning. The monsoon season (rainy) is supposed to start in October but I guess it is just a little early this year. However I'm not complaining. It has cooled a lot and the temperature is down to about seventy-five degrees.
     This morning, I did some dentistry for a change. I was busy until 11:00 A.M. and then I secured. I'm planning lots of salads for our lunches next week and hope the officers like it. Monday we'll have fruit salad, toasted cheese sandwiches and ice cream. Wednesday, a salad with pork. Friday, shrimp salad. Then there'll be tenderloin steaks, chicken, turkey and roasts for dinners, so we should have a good menu.
     We are still leaving on Sunday the 9th. Although the war is over we will travel in convoy (twenty-eight ships) with three escort vessels and we'll all be blacked out. Some Jap subs are still unaccounted for, so we aren't taking any chances.
     I was surprised with a letter of the 27th from you and am I pleased. I'm sorry you aren't enjoying the vacation like I hoped you would. Guess we're a little different from the Siegers in our likes and dislikes and I don't mean vacations alone. We always did enjoy being together and always will. But we don't like roughing it.
     Tonight we have a good movie and rain or not I'll be there. It is "Sally, Irene and Mary" and should be good entertainment.
     I still can't write a long letter. As soon as I hear from you I'll go to town telling you what you want to know.
     Goodnight my love. I pray we'll soon be one again. Dreaming of you day and night.
Yours alone,
Gil