Unknowns of the European Theater of Operations (ETO) in World War II
Forms for Remains
by Wesley Johnston, Historian of the 7th Armored Division Association
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So they will not be "Forgot"
There is a word
Which bears a sword
Can pierce an armed man.
It hurls its barbed syllables,
And is mute again.
But where it fell
The saved will tell
On patriotic day,
Some epauletted brother
Gave his breath away.
Wherever runs the breathless sun,
Wherever roams the day,
There is its noiseless onset,
There is its victory!
Behold the keenest marksman!
The most accomplished shot!
Time’s sublimest target
Is a soul “forgot”!

----- Emily Dickinson

Contents
  1. Recovery
  2. Transport
  3. Initial Burial
  4. Identification
  5. Final Disposition

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All forms and processes developed as more was learned about what was needed. Revised forms usually allowed using up supply of prior versions but sometimes superceded all prior versions. Thus an earlier version of a revised form could show up in use at a later date than the use of a later form. See for example OQMG Form 638 in the disposition section.


Recovery of Remains

Most recovery forms - primarily documentation of the recovery location and the remains - were actually for recoveries after the end of combat.


Transport of Remains

  • (1945-Mar 15) - [Collecting Point to Cemetery Delivery List] - no form number nor date; date is use date

    (source: IDPF of Frank Aldrich (A/40th Tank Bn/7th Armd Div who is the Unknown X-69 on the list) PDF pp 22-23) - 2-page form, transfer of 24 remains from 3042 QM GR Co. collecting point at Bastogne, Belgium, to temporary U. S. military cemetery at Hamm, Luxembourg


Initial Burial of Remains

Initial and final burial forms differed. See the section on dispostion below for final burial forms.

  • 1943 Sep 1 - Report of Burial (TM 10-630 and AR 30-1815) - Graves Registration Form No. 1

    (source: IDPF of Frank Aldrich PDF pp 93-94) - Report of Burial form used during combat (see Report of Interment form for post-war burials)

  • 1945 May 7 - Burial Information - QMG 319

    (source: IDPF of Frank Aldrich PDF p 87) - card used for re-burial, in this case also including identification of previously Unknown remains (see also QMG Form 319a)

  • 1946 May 28 - Burial Information - QMG 319a

    (source: IDPF of Frank Aldrich PDF p 88) - card used for re-burial, in this case also including identification of previously Unknown remains (see also QMG Form 319)


Identification of Remains

  • 1944 Mar 29 - Memo Routing Slip - W.D.,A.G.O. Form 0115

    (source: IDPF of Frank Aldrich PDF p 80) - generic routing slip but in this case used for notification of identity of previously Unknown

  • 1944 May 31 - Register of Dental Patients at - W.D.,A.G.O. Form 8-116

    (source: IDPF of Frank Aldrich PDF pp 82-83) - pre-combat reord of teeth, used for comparison with teeth of Unknowns (Graves Registration Form No 1-A)

  • 1944 Jun 16 - Battle Casualty Report - W.D.,A.G.O. Form 0265

    (source: IDPF of ERnest Link PDF p 23)

  • 1944 Oct 1 - Memo Routing Slip - W.D.,A.G.O. Form 0115 (supercedes WDAGO 0115 29 Mar 1994, which may be used until existing stocks are exhausted.

    (source: IDPF of George Patton PDF p 346) - generic routing slip but in this case used for forwarding a document (4 Jan 1946)

  • 1944 Nov - Tooth Chart - Graves Registration Form No. 1-A

    (source: IDPF of Frank Aldrich PDF pp 26-27) - 2-page form, used to record the teeth of Unknowns for later comparison with missing service members' pre-combat tooth charts (W.D.,A.G.O. Form 8-116)

  • (1945?) - Identification Data (Indentification Section, Memorial Division) - no form number nor date; date is guess at use date since content is undated

    (source: IDPF of Frank Aldrich PDF p 12) - 1-page compilation of information on missing service member from records on file

  • (1945 Mar 10) - Check List for Disinterments (To accompany Report of Burial) - no form number nor date; date is use date

    (source: IDPF of Frank Aldrich PDF pp 19-20) - 2-page document: Part I (Positive Identification), Part II (Doubtful as Undetermined Identification)

  • (1945 Aug 25) - Information required for Graves Registration - no form number nor date; date is use date

    (source: IDPF of Frank Aldrich PDF p 85) - a form memorandum, used by Graves Registration to request information about a specific service member from the Adjutant General's Demobilized Personnel Records Branch

Final Disposition of Remains

  • 1944 Sep 1 - Interoffice Reference Sheet (Office of the Quartermaster General of the Army) - OQMG Form 638 (see 1 Sep 1946 revision)

    (source: IDPF of George Patton PDF pp 293-294) - generic form, with additional page of instructions, in this case used for asking a question (14 Jun - year not specified)

  • 1945 Feb 1 - Report of Death - WD AGO Form 52-1

    (source: IDPF of Ernest Link PDF p 20) - Official Report of Death and assignment of Date of Death (which was not always correct) (replaced by 1 Jun 1945 version)

  • 1945 Jun 1 - Report of Death - WD AGO Form 52-1

    (source: IDPF of Frank Aldrich PDF p 105) - Official Report of Death and assignment of Date of Death (which was not always correct) (replaced 1 Feb 1945 version)

  • 1946 Mar 4 - Inspection Checklist (For Use at Distribution Point) - QMC Form R-5024

    (source: IDPF of Frank Aldrich PDF p 7) - Inspection of casket and shipping case during repatriation of remains - this form will have a date shortly after the arrival date on the Disinterment Directive (QMC Form 1194) used for final disposition of remains via repatriation to the United States

  • 1946 Mar 15 - Disinterment Directive - QMC Form 1194

    (source: IDPF of Frank Aldrich PDF pp 3-4, 5-6; IDPF of Ernest Link PDF pp 13-14) - This 2-page form was used in three different ways, with an example of each shown above.
    1. The actual disinterment, which includes a description of the condition of the remains
    2. The final dispostion of the remains via repatriation to the United States
    3. The final disposition of the remains via burial in an overseas US military cemetery (example not yet shown)

  • 1946 Sep 1 - Intraoffice Reference Sheet (Office of the Quartermaster General of the Army) - OQMG Form 638 (see 1 Apr 1948 revision & 1 Sep 1944 - note that prior version used "Inter")

    (source: IDPF of George Patton PDF p 146) - generic form, in this case used for first of three copies on reinterment of the remains of General George S. Patton (21 Sep 1949)

  • (1946 Sep 12) - Repatriation Records Branch - no form number or date; date is use date

    (source: IDPF of Frank Aldrich PDF p 56) - Correction of records based on letter received

  • 1946 Nov 14 - Request for Disposition of Remains - QMCG Form 345

    (source: IDPF of Frank Aldrich PDF p 1) - transfer of 24 remains from 3042 QM GR Co. at Bastogne, Belgium, to temporary U. S. military cemetery at Hamm, Luxembourg

  • 1946 Nov 15 - Receipt of Remains - QMC Form 1193

    (source: IDPF of Frank Aldrich PDF p 1) - transfer of 24 remains from 3042 QM GR Co. at Bastogne, Belgium, to temporary U. S. military cemetery at Hamm, Luxembourg

  • 1947 Mar 11 - Notice of Change in Address - OQMG Form 381

    (source: IDPF of Ernest Link PDF pp 15-16) - 2-sided postcard for next of kin to notify Quartermaster General of change of address

  • 1947 Oct 1 - Disposition Form - DA AGO Form 897 (replaces WD AGO Form 897, 1 May 46)

    (source: IDPF of George Patton PDF p 117) - generic form, in this case used for final interment of the remains of General George S. Patton (7 Nov 1949)

  • 1948 Mar 1 - Summary Sheet - DA AGO Form 520

    (source: IDPF of George Patton PDF p 128) - generic form, in this case used for "not used" text on reinterment of the remains of General George S. Patton (8 Nov 1949)

  • 1948 Mar 5 - Request for Reimbursement of Interment or Transportation Expenses - QMC Form 1236

    (source: IDPF of Frank Aldrich PDF pp 13-16) - 4-page form sent to next of kin for designation of their wishes for disposition of the remains or if no longer next of kin (e.g. remarried widow) for designation of new next of kin

  • 1948 Apr 1 - Intraoffice Reference Sheet (Office of the Quartermaster General of the Army) - OQMG Form 638 (replaced 1 Sep 1946)

    (source: IDPF of George Patton PDF p 195) - generic form, in this case used for placing news clippings in IDPF of General George S. Patton (12 Jan 1949)


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