Sunday, April 29, 2018

Pearl Harbor--Progressing

Friday 8 September 1944, 8:45 AM
Dearest Eleanor,
     Good morning dear. How'd you sleep last night? For some reason I was dead tired and slept like a log.
     Nothing much to write about since my note of last night. The movie, "Mask of Dimitrios" with Peter Lore. I saw it before but for lack of anything else to do I saw it again. After the movie a few of us "chewed the fat" for awhile and then I turned in. Nothing to add this morning so that's that.
     Regarding the reserve account, the bank has my authorization to transfer available funds to our personal account. However they'll never do it without a reminder so go in and request the transfer. There should be about $150 available now.
     I'm going on liberty today and I'm determined to go places I've not been before. Hope I get there, then I may have a little something to tell you, in a very general way of course.
     When is Rosh Hashanah? I got a card from my mother but I didn't realize it was so soon. So far I have not received any professional magazines or literature but it sometimes takes more than a month for a change in address to become effective.
     We are progressing right along with this war and I'm already looking to the day when we'll be together again. Just think about you and me with both our girls out for the day--no gas rationing or food rationing either. All the time in the world ahead of us with nothing to do but enjoy life together. Just wait and see, dear. Here is one couple that will enjoy life to its fullest.
     Time to close now, dear. I'll be with you later

Loving you always,
Gil
Lt. (j.g.) G. Steingart
U.S.S. Ocelot
F.P.O. San Francisco






Thursday, April 26, 2018

Pearl Harbor--Rats


Thursday 7 September 1944, 3:30 PM
Dearest Eleanor,
     Just got back from   
censored   Had some things to take care of as welfare officer for the ship. I found the letter I had written you yesterday had been held up because of certain items. From now on I shall confine myself to strictly personal affairs and will not mention anything about where I go or do related to my duties.

     Do you remember Andy Wise, a patient of mine? Well I recently ran into him in my meandering about. We had quite a talk. It sure felt good to see an old face. Jackson was also up to see me several days ago but I was not around.
     The movie I saw aboard Tuesday night was "Chatterbox" with Joe E Brown and Judy Canova and it was "lousy." The mail is sporadic. One day nothing and then I hit the jackpot. Nothing to do about it I guess but just put up with it.
     I haven't written Marty, Sam, etc. because the way I feel now I don't care if I never hear from them. The rats never answered when I wrote from Diego and if I write now they'd probably take a long time answering. As long as I hear from you I'm content, Dear.  So who cares about the rest of them? No word from Leon either. I now owe letters to your mother and mine, Deb and Dave, Ruth plus all those I should drop notes to, so I've plenty to do.
     Guess under the circumstances you'll have to put up with my short, rambling letters. I love you darling and will make it up to you when I return. We'll do all the things we're missing now and then some. Kisses and hugs to all my girls and regards to the clan.

Your lonely
Gil
Lt (j.g.) G. Steingart
U.S.S. Ocelot
F.P.O. San Francisco





Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Pearl Harbor--Nothing but Beer



Thursday 7 September 1944, 7:50 AM
Good Morning Sweetheart,
     How are you this morning? How about a great big kiss? Thank you dear! Yesterday, I stayed on the ship until after lunch. Then Ambie and I went on liberty. We walked and window shopped most of the afternoon but bought nothing except a few beers. That's the way liberty is.
     Got 6 letters yesterday, 5 from you and one from Mother. I wish there were some answers to your questions but there aren't. Probably, you'll be getting mail from me regularly for some time. No use expecting me back in the States for a while but then no one can tell. I can't say more even though I'd like to.
     At this place I wear my greys exclusively minus the blouse. The pants and shirt with black tie are the uniform of the day for work and play. Occasionally you see a white dress uniform but they are only worn at formal affairs.
     I'm making a mental note about the novelty jewelry you mention. I'll see what I can find the next time I go on liberty.
     Now dear, there is no use fussing about the length of my letters. I can't repeat "I love you" for three or four pages without seeming silly. My activity is limited in its scope and then there is very little I may write about. As for writing in the morning that seems to be the best time because then the letter leaves the same day. I wrote Linda recently and will write again soon. I really must settle down and write to Deb and Dave, Ruth, and Libby, besides all the friends (?) we have. So you see I've got lots of writing to do.
     Well, my Sweet, that's all for now. We'll have to make the best of a bad situation and hope that conditions will change soon.

Loving you as ever
Gil
PS I'm enclosing a memo regarding household effects.

Lt. (jg) G. Steingart
U.S.S. Ocelot
F.P.O. San Francisco






Friday, April 20, 2018

Pearl Harbor--No Such Animule

Tuesday 5 September, 8:15 AM
Dearest Eleanor,
     Good morning my Sweet, how are you today? Had liberty yesterday and spent all morning looking for a pin you would like. Guess there "ain't no such animule." They all know what I'm looking for but no one has any.  Returned to the ship for lunch and then Cox, Glass and Yours Truly went into town. We dropped in on the Rikes whom I've mentioned before and they were as gracious as ever. We drank and ate canap├ęs all afternoon. In fact we ate so much we didn't need dinner. Got back to the ship about 9:30 and visited with the other officers in the ward room for an hour or so and then turned in.
     Got two letters from you yesterday. You seem to have plenty to keep you busy. Being welfare officer aboard this ship is giving me a little extra work to do. This morning I must go out and purchase some supplies and equipment for the officers and crew recreation. I just arranged for a gift for the kids, and Mrs. Rike promised to get it off for me within the next day or so. I can't tell you why they are getting if off for me but may be able to later.
     Well dear, such is my routine. Not much to do and yet not enough time to do things I'd like to do. What are you going to do about teaching? If you have to pay help $25 per week, I don't think substitute teaching would be worthwhile, considering how it would wear you out and such. Again I say don't worry about the money. If teaching will help occupy your time all right but we'll get by without the additional income.
     I didn't go to the movie last night--got back too late. "Phantom Lady" with Franchot Tone was the feature. We saw it together I believe. If we didn't, see it when you get a chance but have someone with you to hold your hand (female preferred). I'm way behind on my correspondence to everyone and will have to take a day off and write an original and a dozen duplicates to all.
     Nothing more now dear, take it easy and don't worry about me.

Love
Gil
Lt (j.g.) G. Steingart
U.S.S. Ocelot
F.P.O. San Francisco






Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Pearl Harbor--Enlightening


Monday 4 September 1944, 8:15 AM
Dearest Eleanor,
     Yesterday was my duty day--just another day aboard. Nothing of interest to talk about. The movie we had was "Dark Mountain." If it comes your way, miss it--just a waste of time.
     I forgot to answer a question in yesterday's letter regarding accounts. You don't have to bother with Miss Earnest. Anyone who hasn't made a payment since August 1st needs jacking up. If they have a phone, call them. If not turn them over to the California Professional Bureau. A small piece is better than nothing.
     A few of us got together yesterday on the subject of babies, obstetricians, etc. and I was able to make several enlightening remarks on the subject. Then we talked about buying items of wear for the better half and again I put in my two cents. You see, we have so much time with so little to do that I really solve all worldly problems. Yes, I can hear you now, "If you have so much time why not write longer letters and more often?" Yes, my sweet, but for reasons that I can't mention it is difficult to write now and besides what shall I write about? The weather is constant, warm with blue skies and occasional white clouds. No rain in the past week. Evenings are cool and comfortable. I'm well and miss you and the kids terribly. So I can repeat the above twice a day, day in and day out. The censors will pass that but it is silly to repeat same and nothing else.
     I'm going on liberty this morning. Your package has been on its way for about a week.  Maybe I'll find something for the kids that I can send off immediately.
     Well Sweetheart, nothing else to gab about and besides I have a couple of patients waiting. Will write again tonight when I return if there is anything at all to tell. In the meantime be good and don't upset yourself about nothing. I love you and always will.

Your loving husband
Gil
Lt (jg) G. Steingart
U.S.S. Ocelot
F.P.O. San Francisco



Monday, April 16, 2018

Pearl Harbor--Buy Bonds

Sunday 3 September 1944, 8:45 AM
Dearest Eleanor,
     Just received your letter with a picture of Linda and am answering immediately. I read and reread your lecture but good God Sweet there isn't a thing I can do about it. Every time I write a longer letter and try to put something of interest in it the censor either cuts it or returns it to me for rewriting. If some of your questions remain unanswered, remember I can't tell you everything. For instance I can't say "I'm going to see "so and so." "so and so" denoting either a place or individual. I can't say how long we may remain in any one place or even what's doing where we are. Yet those permanently based here can do and say practically anything they like. However after we leave here or after I see someone or do something then I may mention it, so please be patient.
     As for the insurance on the car, take out the same coverage we had the last year. You ask what to do with the $725 from the Plymouth. Buy a bond with it. Not the series "E" though. Get "G" I believe it is. Anyway the same series as the $2,000.00 bond we purchased last.
     Yes dear we now have movies aboard nightly and I always attend except when on liberty. I don't always mention the picture because some aren't worth mentioning. Last night was a good one--you should see it. "The All American Romance," in color, with Brian Donlevy. It ran for at least 2 1/2 hrs and held me every moment it showed.
     The reason I got my liberty fouled up was because the schedule had been changed and I was misinformed--so what. Not much to do when I have liberty anyway.
     I had a long visit with the Captain yesterday and we are planning recreation for the crew. As soon as it comes of it I'll tell you all about it.
     So you want me to spend at least 10 minutes a day writing to you. Darling every letter I've written has taken at least 30 minutes. If there were more to write about I'd gladly take many times more time.
     I showed off Linda's newest picture at breakfast (the time the letter arrived). The tropical background and the color brought forth many complimentary remarks. I'd almost forgotten how big Linda was getting but the picture refreshed my mind. Please take snaps of yourself and the kids and send them on regularly.
     I must be off now. Have to see the Captain about some arrangements to be made. Don't be blue Sweet. I do love you and think about you all the time.

Missing you always
Gil
Lt (j.g.) Gilbert Steingart
U.S.S. Ocelot
FPO San Francisco



Sample Bond

Could this be the photo of Linda?  The foliage is tropical.
Linda at the San Diego Zoo in June 1944 






Friday, April 13, 2018

Pearl Harbor--Attacked

Friday 1 September 1944, 9:30 PM
Dearest Eleanor,
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morning. I don't like it but I guess I can stand it if others can. By the time I got squared away it was time for lunch, so I showered and changed. After eating, Graves, Hansen, and I went on liberty.
     We stopped at the hotel taken over by the Navy. I have mentioned it before. We had a few beers. Walked around and window shopped and back for some more beer. Then we had dinner and caught a bus back to the ship. Hansen and Graves have already turned in and I'm going to also. I'll finish this letter in the morning.
     Good night Sweetheart and pleasant dreams.

Love
Gil
Good Morning Honey,
     During the night we were attacked by insects and you should have heard the "bitching" at breakfast. I'm not sure what they were but I think they were mosquitoes. Anyway they bit me here and there and most everywhere except?
     Did you know I've been on a diet? Started last Saturday and during this week I've lost 8-9 pounds. Not bad, eh! I shall stay on a modified diet indefinitely since there isn't much physical activity that I can get into.
     No mail yesterday so I should get some today. Time to go to work and besides there is nothing more I can say so bye darling. I still love and miss you more than ever.

Your one and only,
Gil
P.S. Tell Ruth and Mother and Deb I'll write as soon as there is something to write about.  In the meantime, give them all my love.
Gil

Hotel Taken Over by Navy



Pearl Harbor--Jungle Woman

Thursday, 31 August 1944, 10:30 AM
Dearest Eleanor,
     Good morning, Sweet, dreamed about you again last night. I was a civilian and working hard in my office. You came up but wouldn't kiss me because you had a cold. However I put stop to that nonsense. Guess if I had slept on I would have had a cold too.
     Kept pretty busy yesterday. Got your package off this morning and I hope you like what I sent. Will send along Linda's and Norma's as soon as possible.
     Received your letter of the 26th, one from Libby with Jim's address and the bulletin. Send the bulletin regular mail. Any news in there will keep a week or two longer.  That was yesterday. This morning I received two more from you, one from Libby and one from my mother.
     It certainly would be wonderful if I could be back in time for your birthday (no I haven't forgotten) but I don't believe anyone knows now where we'll be then. All one can do is hope. Even if I can't be with you in person you are always with me in my heart.
     After dinner last night we got out on deck and played a game of dart throwing for awhile. Then we had a movie "Jungle Woman" which was a remake of one we'd seen. About a female ape that is changed by some doctor into a human and how she saves the life of an animal trainer when he is attacked by a lion in a cage. Interesting but some of the sequences were very illogical.
     Dear, I'm enclosing a poem I picked up which I think is apropos to us. Time to go to work my darling so good bye till tomorrow.

Your loving husband,
Gil







Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Peal Harbor--Cut Up


Wednesday 30 August 1944, 8:00 AM
Dearest Eleanor,
     Good morning dear. How about a nice big kiss? Thank you Sweet, that was nice. Went on liberty yesterday. Stopped downtown and did some shopping. I am sending you a house dress, sun suit, and blouse. For Norma and Linda I am sending grass skirts. Here is an interesting item about the grass skirts that are sold to be sent out of the island. The grass skirt that is straw colored is made of material purchased in the States. The skirts that are made up of different colors are made of the bark of a tree obtained in the Society Islands in the French East Indies. I'm sending the kids the East Indian variety. Your sun suit is called a "malo" and has a sarong and skirt all in one piece and a bra. The salesgirl put the ties through the loops and tied them so you shouldn't have too much trouble getting into it.
     After my shopping, Graves (one of the officers aboard) and I went to the beach. As I told you

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     What a difference! By then we were hungry so we hunted until we found a good Chinese restaurant. I still like shrimp, et. al. Did we eat!
     Well darling after dinner we walked around and at 8:15 caught a bus back to the base. Hope I get some mail this morning. Got a letter from Deb on Monday but none from you and none yesterday either. But then, that's just the way the mail is nowadays.

     My yesterday's letter was slightly cut up because I suggested the
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     Sorry!
     No more for the present Sweetheart. Time to go to work. Till tomorrow then

Love,
Gil






The sunsuit/malo actually a "maillot." Here is a sketch from a Simplicity sewing pattern. Linda remembers her mother's had beige background and a red floral print.

Sunday, April 8, 2018

Pearl Harbor--Censored

Tuesday 29 August 1944, Morning 
Dearest Eleanor,
     Good morning my Sweet. I dreamt about you last night. Wow, what a dream! It was all mixed up but did we have fun!
     Yesterday was just another day. The usual routine of eating, working and loafing. Saw a very amusing movie last night I'm sure you'd enjoy it. "Allergic to Love" with Martha O'Driscoll and Noah Berry, Jr. It's all about this couple that gets married and every time they kiss the wife gets an attack of hay fever--some fun.

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     If it is I won't be going ashore until Friday.
     Don't worry about money. I cashed a $20 check with Dr. Gilman before we left and since then got paid. I still have over $70 and there will be another pay day Thursday. I'm sure I can more than get along on what I get here 

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     Got a letter from Deb yesterday, but nothing else. Bet I get several today.
     Glad to hear Linda is doing so well. I'd love to hear some of Norma's chatter, but then I'd love to be with all three of my girls. Sweetheart your last letters sounded like you were so unhappy. Please don't let this get you down. This mess will be over soon. We're young and we'll have lots of good times together.
     Remember, we always enjoyed life and made the most of everything and when we are together again we'll have first, a swell second honeymoon, and then resume where we left off.
     It's time for me to go to work darling. So bye until tomorrow.

Loving you always,
Gil







Thursday, April 5, 2018

Pearl Harbor--Old Maid and Checkers

Monday 28 August 1944, 8:20 AM
Dearest Wife,
     Good morning. You're still asking questions and I'll try and answer them. Those people I met in town are an old maid of at least 45 and her mother. They've lived in

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for over 20 years. I didn't look at their bank account so I can't tell you if they're well off or not. They were very hospitable to us considering that three of the four of us were total strangers. We left at six even though we were asked to stay for supper. Ate in town and returned to the ship. There is no evening. We are usually on the way back to the base not later than 8:30. I've been asking about "The Anchor." No one knows what it is although I can make a pretty good guess.
     Tomorrow I go on liberty and intend to do some shopping. I know you write long letters dear, but there is nothing to write about and what there is to tell can't be told because of censorship. I haven't been off this ship since Thursday so--I get up, shower, shave, eat breakfast and then to work. At noon, dinner, then maybe a game or two of checkers and more work. Then supper and a social hour in the ward room. Movies at 7:45 PM. Last night we saw a stinker. First an Edgar Kennedy short and then some picture based on "Are These Our Children" which was lousy. Then back to the ward room for awhile and so to bed. Interesting isn't it?
     I've only missed writing one day since we left Diego so if you haven't received all my letters you will. I'll try to look up some of those people. When I talked to the chaplain yesterday he suggested my coming over to his office. He said he could help me find whomever I was looking for.
     I dropped Leon a note last week, also my sister. We'll see if Leon answers. If not then he is a rat.
     So long darling, I must go to work now. Till later

Your loving husband
Gil


Checkers












Tuesday, April 3, 2018

Pearl Harbor--Jewish Chaplain

Sunday 27 August 1944, 10:45 AM
Good Morning Sweetheart,
     Boy, wouldn't I love to be home this morning with you in bed alongside and Linda and Norma climbing all over us. Guess we'll have to put it off for awhile.
     Got my liberties all fouled up. Thought I was off today but instead I was off yesterday. So I don't go ashore again until Tuesday. Saw "Sensations of 1945" again last night and enjoyed it. There is so much good music in it. You remember I saw it at the Repair Base when I was there.
     It's always warm here but there is a cool breeze coming down from the hills that makes it quite comfortable. You can lean over the rail and watch the rain come in off of the hills and in the past few days it has rained frequently. However, no one pays any attention to it because it rains but a few minutes and you are completely dry in another few moments. In the past few days I've seen several rainbows and thought back to those happy days at Niagara Falls.
     This morning we had three chaplains come aboard. Two conducted services and the third, a Jewish chaplain just visited around. He comes from the same town as the executive officer who has known him for years. He also knows Rabbi Lifschitz.
     Dear, I am enclosing some papers which I want you to file away for future reference. Nothing else to say since my last note except I love you and miss all my three girls.

Love,
Gil