Friday, September 14, 2007

WWII, One Man's Story, Part 4 of 8

Like all families everywhere in America, the Sanders family was overjoyed to hear that the war was over. They anxiously awaited word from their son William Sanders Jr.on when he would be heading home. Imagine what they must have felt when they received the following letter…
NAVY DEPARTMENT
BUREAU OF NAVAL PERSONNEL
WASHINGTON 25 DC

19 May 1945

Dear Mr. and Mrs. Sanders:
It is with regret that this Bureau confirms the report that your son, William Sanders Jr., Seaman First Class, U.S. Naval Reserve, is missing. Detailed information in connection with his disappearance has not been received in this Bureau.

Sincere sympathy is extended to you in your anxiety. Should any information be received which can be released, it will be promptly forwarded to you.

You are urged to read the enclosed booklet carefully as it explains matters of importance concerning naval personnel in the missing status.

By direction of Chief Of Naval Personnel.

Sincerely yours,

W J McNICOL, Jr.
Lieutenant, USNR
Assistant Officer In
Charge
Casualty Section.

The family was understandably anxious after receiving this letter. Can you imagine any letter generating more fear for parents? It would be another week after receiving this letter before they would hear anymore about their son Billy.

The complete series of WWII, One Man's Story:
Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3 | Part 4 | Part 5 | Part 6 | Part 7 | Part 8

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