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 there 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 .

ROW 1:

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

ROW 2:

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

ROW 3:

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

ROW 4:

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

EARLE TERRY CAMP LEONARD WOOD MISS 97th Division

ROW 5:

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