Army & Navy - MORALE: To Next of Kin

Nothing can be done to ease the jarring shock of the first reports of casualties to their next of kin. But the Army last week adopted a procedure designed to eliminate the gnawing doubts and anxieties that invariably follow its terse telegrams. Henceforth the telegrams will be followed by full, fast follow-up reports direct from theaters of war.

If a soldier dies, his commanding officer or chaplain will write a letter soon afterwards to his next of kin telling, if possible, how, when and where the death occurred, and where the soldier is buried. For men who are wounded or...

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