My uncle, Philip E. Bergquist, served the USA at 5th Army Headquarters from October 1943 until October 1945. These stories about his colleagues come from letters he sent home from Italy to his family.
Pvt. Robert T. Moran from Archbald, Pennsylvania, joined the 5th Army Headquarters staff sometime in May of 1944, according to my uncle’s letter of 31 May detailing the addition of 8 new men to their office. Pvt. Moran is also identified as part of the group in the photo entitle “The Road to Rome” that was sent home in December of 1944. Pvt. Moran is listed as 2nd from the left in the back row and shows this time with the nickname, “Bob”.
Robert Moran is next mentioned in a letter dated 22 February 1945. At this time Phlip was writing about how the office staff were going off in pairs on temporary duty with “a division and regimental headquarters.” Robert Moran was paired up with Leonard Enelow and they were the first to go on the temporary duty.
Sometime in January of 1945, Bob Moran was promoted to PFC. On 25 July 1945, Robert Moran left on the 7 day Switzerland tour. I hope he enjoyed it as much as my uncle did.