This is the life and times of
Robert Nobles after joining Co C 508th
Prcht Inf from October 20, 1942 to the June 11, 1944
when he was captured in the battle of les Moitiers en
This will be an interesting
ride as it were. This will start on FB also but
finish on the website each day. For this first one
it will all be on FB to start with as well as the
All October 1942-May
It starts October 19, 1942 in
his diary and continues on until the next day the 20th
where the Co 508th Prcht Inf men arrived
at Camp Blanding.
The first picture was taken shortly after
arriving at Camp Blanding. The men are listed left
to right from the top to the bottom. The men are
Passery, Nobles, Chesterton, Ostlander, Howell,
Morrow & Miller.
The second and
third images are the cover of Bob Nobles Diary
for 1942 and the dates of October 19th
5 & 6 show Nobles showing up on the Payroll
Records for the first time.
On page 6 in green at the bottom shows Nobles.
8 & 9 the Morning Report for October 20, 1942
Bob highlighted in green
on page 9
along the other men from the picture at Camp
Blanding highlighted in red.
Another interesting fact is
listed on page 9 at the top. Sgt Funk who two years
later would receive the Medal of Honor in the
Ardennes comes into Co C from the 507th
Prcht Inf Regt the same day as Nobles and his
Bob came from Ithaca, New York
and one other man from Ithaca came in as well,
Charlie Howell who would go all the way through the
war with Co C of the 508th Prcht Inf 82nd
Abn Div. Another man listed in the picture had
Frederick E. Chesterton who became the Co C
Communications Sergeant going into Normandy. He was
wounded late in June of 1944.
The 10th page for
this article shows
Co C showing up on the Morning Report for the
first time. I have left Bobís writing in his own
longhand which makes the posts a little more
As an added bonus I will include the
day to day diary from Bette Nobles (who became
Bobís wife in 1943).
An article was done in WWII
Quarterly Magazine the summer of 2015 about Bob Nobles and
his time in the 508th Prcht Inf and his
time as a POW. It is a very interesting article
written by Kevin M. Hymel. This is the first page
of Kevinís article From
Paratrooper to POW.
August 6, 2016