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Catalog Number 2006.135.20
Object Name Letter
Accession number 2006.135
Description A form letter from the American Red Cross to the relatives of our American Dead (Mr. Davis)

The form letter from the American Red Cross, which has no date nor is it addressed to anyone specifically, informs the family of the dead that the Red Cross has carried out the task of photographing the graves of the American dead in accordance with the Graves Registration Service of the Army. The letter goes on to state that the Red Cross has nothing to do with the creation of the graves, and that any questions one might have should be addressed to Colonel Charles C. Pierce, Chief of the Graves Registration Service. After stating the limitations of the Red Cross' authority, the letter informs the reader that great care has been taken in capturing the images of the graves, but that errors may occur. It then instructs the reader to contact the American Red Cross if the pictures they receive are wrong. Let letter ends by stating that no more than three photographs of each grave could be taken, and that the Red Cross and Graves Registration Service would be honored if the families of the dead would receive the pictures.

An official header runs along the top, while a copy of the signature of A. R. Castle Jr, Director of Communication at the Red Cross, is near the bottom. The letter itself is typed in black ink.

From the service of pfc. William L. Davis Co. B, 139th Inf., 35th Division, AEF
Date n.d.
Subjects Photographs
Search Terms American Red Cross
Graves Registration Service