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Topic: Mortuary Affairs

Operation GLORY

Condensed from Graves Registration Division, Korean Communications Zone (KCOMZ) Historical Summary, Jul-Dec 1954 Part of the Armistice Agreement signed in Panamunjom in June 1953 called for the exchange of military war dead on both sides. In the months that followed, members of the U.S. Graves Registration Division in Korea met repeatedly with UN and Eighth […]

Graves Registration in the Korean Conflict

By LTC John C. Cook, Q.M.C. The Quartermaster Review March-April 1953 THE respect and care for the honored dead, the men who died for an ideal and their country, traditional with the people of the nations embracing western civilization, has never been so resolutely demonstrated as during the present conflict in Korea. This noble concept […]

Mortuary Affairs Photos – WWII

World War II Identification, Undated U.S. Army Photo Munda Cemetery #1, New Georgia, September 1943, U.S. Army Photo Personal Effects being checked at a collection point in the European Theater, Undated U.S. Army Photo Army Chaplain Francis L. Sampson of Sioux Falls, S.D., gives absolution to American paratroopers killed in action, in Saint Marie Dumont, […]

Tell Me About My Boy…

1946 Pamphlet Produced by the Quartermaster Corps for Next of Kin of Deceased Service Personnel from World War II “TELL ME ABOUT MY BOY” IS THE REQUEST MOST FREQUENTLY SENT TO THE QUARTERMASTER GENERAL OF THE ARMY BY NEXT OF KIN WHO WANT ADDITIONAL INFORMATION ON THE PROGRESS OF THE WAR DEPARTMENT’S PROGRAM FOR THE […]

WITH ALL DUE HONORS…

Dr. Steven Anders Quartermaster Professional Bulletin – Autumn/Winter 1994 CARE OF THE WAR DEAD . . . During World War II, the U.S. Government called to service approximately 15,000,000 men and women. The number of American war dead totaled around 359,000, of which 281,000 were recovered and given burial in more than 250 temporary military […]

Mortuary Affairs Operations At Malmedy-Lessons Learned From A Historic Tragedy

by Major Scott T. Glass Quartermaster Professional Bulletin-Autumn 1997 The author thanks First Sergeant Francis Miner of the 3060th Quartermaster Company,Colonel David A. Pergrin of the 291st Engineer Battalion, Joseph Potten of Malmedy, and Henri Rogister of Liege, Belgium. Without their assistance, this article would not have been possible. Throughout US Army history, Quartermaster Corps […]

CROSSES AT NORMANDY, JUNE 1944

COL Elbert E. Legg Quartermaster Professional Bulletin – Autumn/Winter 1994 This narrative relates some of my personal experiences as a sergeant squad leader in the 603rd Quartermaster Graves Registration Company in the first days of the Allied invasion at Normandy, France, in June 1944. As a squad leader in the 4th Platoon, I decided it […]

Tragic History

Quartermaster Review January-February 1946 The white of the parachutes made a blur in the warm darkness of the May evening over Honshu. The plane lurched on, crippled by flak and with its engines coughing out their last efforts. The villagers of Kamiomi stood outside their homes, awestruck, as the comet overhead settled earthward and finally […]

Graves Registration

Quartermaster Review-May/June 1946 Graves Registration search and recovery operations after World War II Note: At the time this article was written the term Graves Registration was used for what is now call Mortuary Affairs. The most intensive search in history is being conducted on the far-flung battlefields of World War II. Identification and proper burial of […]

Effects Depot

Colonel A.C. Ramsey, Q.M.C. The Quartermaster Review September-October 1945 LOCATED at Folembray, France, fourteen miles from Soissons, and five miles from Chauny, near the site of one of the German “Big Bertha” guns which shelled Paris during the last war, is Depot Q-290, the official depository on the Continent for the personal property of U. […]