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This concerns Pfc Frederick R. Smith from the 87th CH Bn. Pfc Frederick R. Smith was buried at 607 Macon Cemetery 8 June 1944 then moved to Ste. Mère-Eglise No. 2, 25 June 1944.

The reason I was looking up Pfc Frederick R. Smith was the fact that there is an image that shows KIA men being prepared for burial. Pfc Smith's Mattress Cover is being prepared with his Rank, Name and the beginning of his ASN.

He is clearly visible in the image. I'm not sure if any family members of his generation or a fellow soldier knew him but it is something people should know. Most would never be able to put 2 and 2 together in cases like this, but it is possible.

There are many images like this from WWII. The reaction depends on the individual when they come across such an image. The work that the Graves Registration did and still does is very important. It appears that is why these images were taken at that time.

BN Siddall

 

 


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