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Old 01-12-2014, 03:26 AM   #1
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I was browsing around Gunbroker, and I ran across a grim reminder of war. Handling weapons that were possibly used in combat is one thing, but seeing something like this really makes you realize the cost of war. Even with this being from an Axis soldier, it's still kinda ominous. I've seen copies of casualty reports in Allied newspapers and such, but these were given directly to the families of the fallen. I could imagine seeing many German wives and mothers being delivered these at one time en masse after Stalingrad, Normandy, or the Battle of Britain (much like the scene from We Were Soldiers), and I realize something this happened to the Allies via Western Union. IIRC, the date on this card is the same date that Operation Market Garden began. Very interesting reminder.
http://www.gunbroker.com/Auction/ViewItem.aspx?Item=385720763

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My gram still has the paper that my grandfathers mom wrote the telegraph saying her husband was KIA in WWII. I can even imagine having to write down that and read it as you hear the clicks.

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During WW 2 and Korea, in the US notification was by telegram. We now use CNOs- Casualty Notification Officers- that go to the home of the next of kin, and notify them in person.


If you ever think YOUR job sucks, spare a thought and a prayer for the folks that are (and have been ) on a notification team.

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During WW 2 and Korea, in the US notification was by telegram. We now use CNOs- Casualty Notification Officers- that go to the home of the next of kin, and notify them in person.


If you ever think YOUR job sucks, spare a thought and a prayer for the folks that are (and have been ) on a notification team.
i can only imagine the stress level of a job where your function was to inform people their loved one had been killed. yes that would suck.
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Some families were hit harder than others.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sullivan_brothers

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A friend of mine had that duty for awhile.
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My Eerie reminder of war.
During the TET Offensive Feb 5th 1968 while in Kontum SVN I "recaptured" this SVN flag complete with bullet ,shrapnel and bodily fluids.
I took the flag from an NVA who no longer had a need for it.
Anytime I want a reminder of what war can include I take it out of my safe and sit and look at it and the memories flood in.
My unit and others from the 4th Division + killed 1,189 enemy in and around Kontum.



THE STORY NOT MANY HAVE HEARD.
I was assigned to C co. 1/22 Inf. 4th Infantry Division, the expendables if you read the story.

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http://charliecompanydotorg.files.wordpress.com/2012/04/kontum-tet-68-pdf.pdf



Some others from my company who took flags from the NVA/VC.



By the way any NVA flags were given to the Commanding officers.

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