Sunday, October 18, 2015

2 December 1946 Letter

My great-uncle was killed in action during World War II on 22 July 1944.  He was buried in an individual grave, uncasketed and in a poncho, in Guam No. 2 Cemetery, Plot C, Row 2, Grave 10.

During and after World War II the Graves Registration Service was responsible for the identification and proper burial of American servicemen who died overseas. Policies governing this work were set by The Quartermaster General. The service was responsible for the identification and burial of all Army, Navy, Marine, and Coast Guard personnel who lost their lives as the result of service outside the continental United States. The American Graves Registration Service took charge of the remains and cemeteries.

After World War II, the U.S. Graves Registration Service began contacting the families of those who died overseas, giving them the option of having their soldier buried in a U.S. cemetery overseas or brought home.

This is a letter my great-grandparents sent to the Quartermaster General's office. asking their options in regards to having my great-uncle buried in a Federal cemetery or in their family lot.  Again, I noticed that my great-grandmother's name is spelled with and E at the end.  I am thinking that this is a typo and that is why my great-grandmother only used her first initial.





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