*here are two of the drawings found inside the v-mail envelopes* The guy was quite the character of his era! He would brag throughout the letters sent home about his multiple girlfriends in the service. He'd have them apply kisses with lipstick for mom and pop to see!!
1st cover: it's not always so for every city, but the number 34 is an internal postal zone code/number for part of Chicago. By the address, that's the Oak Park neighborhood area. Good to know. EDIT: Correctly identified by John Becker below. 5th cover: It looks like there is a picture in the photo contents. If so, can we see it? Pictures aren't very common with these, and are either drawn by someone for a whole unit and printed or mimeographed on V-Mail forms, or done by an individual.
Great stuff. The letter dated Oct 1, 1944 from Belgium-the US Army had just gained a toehold in the southern part of that country a few weeks earlier, and would get red hot a couple months later.
Cpl Wilbert L Gex enlisted in 1942 and was attached to the 244th Quartermaster Battalion.
"The 244th Quartermaster Battalion was constituted on 12 January 1942 at Camp Shelby, Mississippi in preparation for overseas duty.
During World War II, the 244th Quartermaster Service Battalion participated in three battle campaigns, Normandy, Northern France, and Central Europe. As a result of the battalion's outstanding combat service during World War II, it was awarded the European Theater Meritorious Unit Commendation streamer and the French Croix de Guerre with Palm and Streamer embroidered Normandy."