Tuesday's Tip: Close Your Eyes to What You Know

A couple of months ago I tried to help someone identify a military unit from the patch on her ancestor's shoulder. In the picture, the man was standing with a buddy whose patch had a clear shot, while her ancestor's patch was barely decipherable. I poked around quite a bit and was able to identify the unit. However, the woman insists that only the other man in the picture, and not her ancestor, must have been in the unit because of where the unit had served. The areas of support in WWII for this particular unit were not consistent with what she had been told about her ancestor.