A form letter from the Graves Registration Service
This letter is meant to provide information on what the Graves Registration Service does. The operations of the Grave Registration Service are broken down into eight services or tasks that can or cannot be performed. 1) information regarding the death of a soldier cannot be performed, 2) operation in the field are meant to identify and graves of fallen soldiers, 3) location of graves are provided when the information is available, 4) the placing of flags, flowers, etc. cannot be undertaken by the Graves Registration Service, and these things should not be undertaken by private individuals so that all graves are treated equally, 5) Monuments will not be erected on the graves, and private individuals should not undertake this task for similar reasons detailed in number 4, 6)Personal effects of the dead are not handled by the Graves Registration Service, 7) exhumation of bodies is prohibited by the countries in which the dead lie, 8) Bodies of the dead will be returned in time, and proper notice will be given when the time comes.
The letter ends by imploring the families of the dead to understand the difficulty of the situation, and understand that they are not alone in their grief.
The letter is sent under the authority of the Chief of the Grave Registration Service, Lieutenant-Colonel Charles C. Pierce, Quarter Master.
From the service of pfc. William L. Davis Co. B, 139th Inf., 35th Division, AEF
The Graves Registration Service
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