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The Department of Defense [Message to the families of U.S. soldiers reported missing in Korea]

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC09818.04 Author/Creator: The Department of Defense Place Written: Type: Letter Date: 1950-1953 Pagination: 1 p. ; 26.7 x 20.3 cm.

Summary of Content: One letter to the families of U.S. personnel reported missing in action in Korea from the Department of Defense, 1950-1953. Message warns families about individuals who attempt to "turn the grief and sorrow of families to their own uses" by promising information about persons missing in action in exchange for money. Families are urged to notify the F.B.I. about communication they recieve regarding missing relatives.


Historical Era: 1945 to the Present

Subjects: Korean WarMilitary HistoryMilitary ServiceSoldiers and CiviliansPrisoner of War

Sub Era: Postwar Politics and the Cold War

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