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Letter to Mrs. Grace W. Duke

  • A GI machine gun crew  in the streets of Aachen, Germany, October 15, 1944. (U.S. Army photo)
    A GI machine gun crew in the streets of Aachen, Germany, October 15, 1944. (U.S. Army photo)
  • Condolence letter to Grace Duke on the death of her son
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Letter to Mrs Grace w. Duke informing her of the death of her husband Pvt. James D. Duke during the battle for the German town of Acchen

WAR DEPARTMENT THE ADJUTANT GENERAL’S OFFICE WASHINGTON D.C. 13 DECEMBER 1944

Mrs Grace W. Duke 420 First Street Birmingham, Alabama

Dear Mrs. Duke:

It is with regret that I am writing to confirm the recent telegram informing you of the death of your husband Private James D. Duke, 34,973,190, infantry, who was killed in action on 20 November 1944 in Germany.

I fully understand your desire to learn as much as possible regarding the circumstances leading to his death. Recently provision were made whereby there will be sent directly the emergency address or the next of kin a letter containing further information about each person who dies overseas in the service of our country, and if this letter has not already received it may be expected soon.

I know the sorrow this message has brought you and it is my hope that in time knowledge of his heroic service to his country, even unto death, may be sustaining comfort to you.

I extend to you my deepest sympathy.

Sincerely Yours, J.A Ulio The Adjutant General

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