War Department Letters to Harold's Parents

Harold’s parents, Bernice and Nina McCarn were devastated to find out that their son had been killed in action.  In this section are digitized copies of the three letters the family received after their son was killed in action on 16 March 1945.  One can only imagine much sorrow, hurt, and heartache that each one of these letters brought.



2 April 1945 - The War department sent a telegram notifying Harold's family that he is missing in action on 16 March 1945.

 

5 April 1945 - The War department sent a letter to Harold's family confirming that he is missing in action on 16 March 1945.

 

6 April 1945 - The War department sent a telegram notifying Harold's family that he has been killed in action on 16 March 1945.

 

7 April 1945 - The War department sent a letter to Harold's family confirming that he has been killed in action on 16 March 1945.

 

10 July 1945 – The War department informs Nina McCarn, Harold’s mother, that they have no information about how Harold was killed in action.  Also she is informed that all war dead will remain overseas until World War II has finally ended.

 

26 September 1945 – The War department informs Nina McCarn that her son Harold was killed in action at Aegidienberg, Germany and that is all the information they can provide.

 

14 June 1949 – The department of the Army informs, Bernice McCarn that his son will be permanently interred at Henri-Chapelle Military Cemetery in Belgium.  It appears that Harold’s wife, Helen did not sign the request to have Harold brought back to the USA for burial.  This cannot be confirmed since a fire in 1973 destroyed the records of the request.