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Topic: Mortuary Affairs

The Restoration of Arlington House

As Carried Out by the OFFICE OF THE QUARTERMASTER GENERAL By MAJOR L. M. Leisenring, Q. M. RES. The Quartermaster Review March-April 1934 The Office of The Quartermaster General has long been charged with the administration and care of all National Cemeteries. In August, 1933, eleven of these, located adjacent to National Parks, together with […]

Nature Honors The Unknown Soldier

By Lt. Donald R. Neil, Q. M. C. The Quartermaster Review January-February 1932 Details of the construction of the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier AFTER a period of over two years, the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier is now in its final stage of completion, and is rapidly approaching the form in which it will […]


The Quartermaster Review January-February 1964 In depth article on selection of World War II & Korean War Unknown Soldiers Since Memorial Day, great interest has been expressed in the Tomb of the Unknown Soldiers.  In the September-October 1963 issue, The Review began the history of the Tomb.  The third and concluding section of this series […]


The Quartermaster Review September-October 1963 Short article on construction of the Tomb and selection of World War I Unknown Soldier Since Memorial Day, great interest has been expressed by the many inquiries concerning the history of the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier ins Arlington Cemetery.  In 1958, the Quartermaster Review published the story of the […]

Our Soldier Unknown

(From a document dated 1937) Over in peaceful Arlington, across the historic Potomac, he rests – our Soldier Unknown – his last fight fought, his last journey ended.  Within hallowed stone his tired body sleeps, safe for all time, but his lofty spirit quickens with the years in the responsive hearts of all Americans, symbol […]

Mortuary Affairs Historical Photos

Mortuary Affairs Historical Photos Pictures are thumbnailed for fast loading. Please click the picture to see the enlarged image. To return, press the “BACK” button in your browser) World War I How a grave is marked by the Graves Registration Service, Q.M.C. cross has both the identity tag and plate prepared by the Service. Mareuil-en-Dole, […]

A Short History of Identification Tags

Captain Richard W. Wooley Quartermaster Professional Bulletin-December 1988 Note: At the time this article was written the term Graves Registration was used for what is now call Mortuary Affairs. Arlington National Cemetery is not the only resting place for “Unknown Soldiers.” Countless American soldiers have died defending their way of life throughout the history of […]

U.S. Army Central Identification Laboratory, Hawaii

Throughout the Vietnam Conflict, two Army mortuaries operated within the country of Vietnam. One was located on the eastern coast in the city of Danang, and the second on Tan Soo Nhut Air Force Base just outside or Saigon. When the conflict ended, these mortuaries closed and their personnel and equipment were consolidated and relocated to […]

Our Honored Dead

By Florence Cannon The Quartermaster Review May-June 1952 “Show me the manner in which a nation or a community cares for its dead and I will measure with mathematical exactness the tender sympathies of its people, their respect for the laws of the land and their loyalty to high ideals.” – Gladstone. DURING wars or in […]

With All Due Honors: A History of the Quartermaster Graves Registration Mission

By Dr. Steven E. Anders From the Quartermaster Professional Bulletin – September 1988 (Note: This article was written when Mortuary Affairs was called Graves Registration or GRREG) At 0515 on the morning of 12 December 1985, a chartered DC-8 crashed shortly after takeoff from an airport just outside Gander, Newfoundland. On board were 248 soldiers […]