CASUALTIES: The Quick & the Dead

Few of the 250,000 U.S. soldiers, sailors and marines who lost their lives in World War II had ever said where they wanted their bodies to lie. Of the combat troops polled on the question early this year by TIME Correspondent Robert Sherrod, the great majority hoped that they would be buried near the scene of their last battle, with their comrades-in-arms. But war widows and parents, by & large, do not share these sentiments; by last week, the War Department alone had received nearly 90,000 letters from next of kin who want their soldiers' bodies brought back to the...

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