I tried to respond to your address, but was unsuccessful.
My original message reads:
This is to commend you for your considerate effort to return the long lost identification tag to its owner, Jerry A. Gorman, or to his family.
I did not know Jerry, and was not a member of the 34th Infantry Division.
However, as a member of the 985th Field Artillery Battalion, II Corps, Fifth Army, I did participate in many fire missions in support of the 34th ID in its drive out of the North Apennines Mountains and across the Po River Valley in April/May-45.
I visited my favorite city, Florence, many times after the war. In fact, I attended the University of Florence for four months, Sep/Dec-45, where we had two hours of study, followed by 22 hours liberty.
We were actually housed in the upper floors of your train station. This was dormitory style living, but wonderful to a 20 year old.
What a beautiful city, and what grand people.
Other than the war, I have nothing but happy memories of my stay in Italy, Jan 25,1945 until Feb 19, 1946. I often reflect that I am a Texan by birth, but have an Italian heart.
QUESTION: If you respond, please include the serial number on the tag. This will help identify the state Jerry entered the army from.
I will continue to look for his unit for you, and for John Lawson and L.E. Maxvold.
ASIDE: By the mess kit having two names inscribed on it, this may well have been a "liberated" or captured item of equipment. MAXVOLD is possibly a German surname, and he could have been on their side in the war.
Thank you for this opportunity to visit with you in this manner.