Summary of Cruise - Expedition No. 2, for the 604th Graves Registration Company

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Summary of Cruise - Expedition No. 2, for the 604th Graves Registration Company

Description

The Quartermaster Graves Registration Service had the terrible task of following military battles, typically a few days after the fighting was finished, to properly identify and either bury or send home the fallen soldiers.

With the world wide fighting and heavy casualties suffered during World War 2, it was logistically impossible to perform these services for all the men who died. Thus the Graves Registration Service worked well into 1949, nearly 5 years after the war ended, to find the bodies of American soldiers.

In June of 1948, the 604th Company set out from Honolulu to begin their work in the Pacific Theatre. There first stop was Palmyra, and this excerpt describes there brief time on the atoll, which found no bodies, but did do extensive search, including diving in the lagoons.

This company would go on to sweep the remaining islands and atolls where battles occurred, finding and identifying nearly 17,000 men.

Creator

Graves Registration Company

Source

National Archives

Date

June 1948

Rights

Public Domain

Format

Paper

Language

English

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Citation

Graves Registration Company, “Summary of Cruise - Expedition No. 2, for the 604th Graves Registration Company,” Palmyra Archive, accessed September 24, 2017, http://palmyraarchive.org/items/show/115.

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