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Western Union to Cordelia Williams

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC09587.075 Author/Creator: Western Union Place Written: Selfridge, Michigan Type: Telegram Date: 15 October 1943 Pagination: 1 p. ; 14.75 x 20.25 cm.

Summary of Content: A telegram from Colonel Boyd of Selfridge Field Air Base asking Cordelia Williams where her son LeRoi's remains should be sent.

People: Williams, Cordelia Shelton (1884-1978)
Williams, LeRoi S. (1919-1943)

Historical Era: Great Depression and World War II, 1929-1945

Subjects: Children and FamilyAfrican American HistoryWorld War IIMothersTelegraphDeathMilitary PersonnelMilitary ServiceAfrican American TroopsAir ForceAirplanesPilot

Sub Era: World War II

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