Michael J. Gobbi, 3rd Division 15th Inf. Regiment

I recently received some items that once belonged to Michael J. Gobbi. He was a member of the 15th Infantry Regiment, 3rd Division during WW2. The lot included 2 pairs of GI issue eye glasses in original cases along with the requisitions as well as post cards sent from N. Africa, Algeria and all of his V-Mail letters home describing life as a combat soldier with the 3rd ID. In the near future I will try to transcribe the letters on the blog, They are pretty easy to read so it should not be too complicated.
Michael was in from the beginning with the 3rd and served through the occupation in Germany. so as you can imagine there is a good amount of content with lots of details!

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G.I. Ingenuity

I thought this picture was neat enough to post on the blog! Here we have a group of G.I.’s Probably in France during the summer of 44. They are more than likely with a support unit due to them still having the rank patches attached to their jackets and the fact that they are carrying .45’s. What really caught my eye was the guy on the far right. He is wearing an improvised German cartridge pouch (he cut the standard 3 pocket cartridge pouch down to one pouch).