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Was there a set procedure for informing the families of US servicemen killed on active service during World War 1 and World War 2 and if so what was it?



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There are currently specific procedures that involve a member of the service, usually in company of a chaplain, making a formal call to the home of the next of kin (spouse or parents). The numbers in WW2 made it impractical to personally visit, so it was often done through a telegram.