This is the second of eight cases containing Named WWII Patches from Chester County, Pennsylvania and its surrounding areas. They were originally collected and displayed by the Himelright Dry Cleaners during and after WWII. GIs or their family would have their Military Uniform dry cleaned for free in exchange for a patch.
We have been entrusted with this collection by its previous caretaker, Anthony Polito of West Chester. We intend to research each service member and share their stories for future generations.
I have copied the labels that the cases came with below, including mis-spellings. I will add corrections so searches can be done .
PVT J.L. FOSTER SOMEWHERE IN FRANCE 1st Infantry Division
PVT NORMAN SYLVESTER CAMP BOWIE TEXAS Tank Destroyer Battalion
SGT ALFRED HAYDEN FORT BRAGG N.C. 18th Army Corps
SGT E.E. JOHNSON NORTH IRELAND 34th Infantry Division
CPL CHARLES LUCAS CAMP BLANDING FLORIDA IRTC Infantry Replacement Training Center
? Port of Embarkation
CPL. WM. H. KRIMMEL CAMP PICKET VA. 78th Infantry Division
SGT IRA L. NESBITT SOMEWHERE IN S. PACIFIC 1st USMC Amphibious Corps – Defense Battalion
RACHEL GARRETT A.R.C. SOMEWHERE IN ENGLAN American Red Cross
T/SGT HOWARD J. DURBOROW JR. GUADAL CANAL S. PACIFIC 1st Marine Division
HENRY ANDROWICK ANZIOBEECH HEAD ITLAY 3rd Infantry Division
CAPT. ELWOOD SPELLMAN SOMEWHERE IN ITLAY Allied Force HQ
CPL. ROBERT WHYTE GRAND ISLAND NEBRASKA Eastern Defense Command
P.F.C. JOHN BAKER SOMEWHERE IN INDIA China Burma India
SGT. CHARLES LOGAN CAMP PENDLETON CALIF 5th USMC Division
SGT ALFRED HA?CAMP MACKALI N.C. Airborne Command
CAPT. ELWOOD SPELLMAN SOMEWHERE IN ITLAY 5th Army
C. (SHORTY) HIDDLESON CAMP LEJEUNE N.C. FMF 13th Marine Defense
SGT MAURICE DARLINGTON CAMP ATTERBURY IND. 106th Infantry Division
SGT JAMES W. DECKMAN SOMEWHERE IN ICELAND Iceland Base Command
? 2nd Army Air Force
P.F.C. ROBERT E. CAMP COOK CALIF. 11th Armored Division
S/SGT LACEY J. THOMAS CAMP BRECKENRIDGE KY. Western AA Command
S/SGT G.V. NESBITT FORT JACKSON S.C. 2nd Army
CHARLES E NUTTALL SOMEWHERE IN ALASKA Northwest Service Command
PVT. WM. G. BAL? FORT HANDCOCK N.C. 2nd Coastal Artillery Dist.
? 1st USMC Amphibious Corps – Supply Service