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Hello,

 

I need some help with a little mystery that I have been trying to solve for some time. Attached is a small grouping that includes some stationary souvenirs from Fort Benning Georgia, an 82nd Abn Patch, 101st Abn Booklet and a photo. The mystery is that the photo has on the back has written 'Sunday June 13, 1943, PVT Joe Pesce, 505th Infantry, North Africa and Europe.

 

On closer inspection, PVT Pesce is clearly wearing a 101st Abn Patch so I'm trying to work out how he's described as being part of the 82nd when he's wearing a 101st patch in the photo?

 

Any ideas? Thanks for any replies.

 

Paul

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I couldn't find a PVT Joe Pesce in the 505th PIR.

 

Looking at the photo, the soldier appears to be wearing a soaring glider cap patch associated with units of the 101st A/B. I would say that the 101st attribution is more possible.

 

Allan

 

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