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Now reading.....something that cannot be read before bed. Graves Registration Service(GRS- but called Memorial Activities Personnel at this time) memoir from Vietnam.
After extensively researching GRS in WWII and WWI for my military research books and programs the last ten years, now grateful to see one written by a Vietnam veteran. He was part of 9th Infantry Division and is very vulnerable in the telling if his experience. I'm learning a lot.

If you had a family member who served in Vietnam, whether they worked as a Memorial Activities Person or not, this book will give you a better understanding of their experiences....right down to the smell..... Most veterans experienced death in Vietnam whether they were GRS or not. Isn't it our responsibility to learn more about what happened there to better support our loved ones and help heal the trauma and inherited trauma passed down?
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#veterans #cemetery #vietnam #gravesregistration #wardead #trauma #ptsd #inheritedtrauma #familyhistory #instabook #emotions #psych #denial #bookstagram #militaryresearcher #facilitator #empath #medium #soul


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My uncle, Joseph P. O'Dwyer, was killed in service to his country on March 97,1945, in Manila, the Philippines. #memorialday #wardead


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In Flanders Fields
BY JOHN MCCRAE

In Flanders fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses, row on row, That mark our place; and in the sky The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below. #memorialday #KIA #wardead


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Three precious sons, three different wars. All of them died so far away from home. Thank you for your sacrifice 🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸
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📍#colma #cemetery #friedhof #cementerio #memorialday #memorialdayweekend #soldiers #koreanwar #wwi #wwii #killedinaction #missinginaction #kia #mia #wardead #americanson #veterans #goldstar #goldstarfamily #neverforget #allgavesomesomegaveall #somegaveall


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Please remember what Memorial Day is actually about remembering. #sacrifice #wardead #warriors #give5 #memorialday


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The fortress stands
Because of these
Brave broken swords.
Flowers sway in fields
Where the soil is rich
From their martyred blood.
This tongue thrives
This law yet lives
This culture breathes
Because they strained
Swallowed their fear
And ran into hell roaring.
Though waste holds
No good nor glory
Though slaughter
Is forever vile,
There is honor
In their cold bones
Their is beauty
In their falling.
For in loving duty
More than life,
In loving freedom
More than comfort
They became animals
For a moment
That we may be human
For all time.
They became savages
That we may be now
Civil and gentle beings.
Upon their graves
Babies sleep
And lovers dream.
Upon their End
A million million
Lives begin.
Citizens may debate
Scientists may explore
Merchants may prosper.
The fortress stands
Never forget
Because of these
Brave broken swords.
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Poem "Broken Swords" by T.Stark
Artwork by an artist unknown .
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Writing in remembrance of all America's fallen warriors throughout its history, as well as all who answered the sad call through out human history to advance their culture and defend the lives and prosperity of their people at home.
Though much horror and evil may occur, and even the good become tainted by the barbarity, much evil has also been thwarted and many far removed from the bloodshed reap untold benefits from war's cruel craft, whether acknowledged or not.
So, on this Memorial Day, reasons and politics aside, let us honor the shortened lives of those who did what they believed was right and paid the ultimate cost.
May we all learn better means to attain and resolve, that future generations will see less and less of these losses, these Brave Broken Swords.
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Dear Friends,
It’s very upsetting to see so many “Happy Memorial Day” posts. Please take a moment to think twice before posting about Memorial Day. Memorial Day is our nation’s most solemn day on the calendar, as we remember those women and men who selflessly sacrificed their lives in battle and service to secure the freedom and luxury we seem to take for granted. How disappointing that Memorial Day’s true meaning seems to have been lost and it has become anticipated for nothing more than the fun kick-off to the summer season. Memorial Day is a somber and respect-filled day of reflection, prayer and remembrance, not a day of cheer and celebration. Thank you for your consideration.
Tommy. .
#memorialday #memorialdayweekend2019 #berespectful #godblessamerica #restinpeace #unitedstatesarmedforces #casualtiesofwar #wardead #arlingtonnationalcemetery #greatestnationonearth


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Made a pilgrimage today to the Cenotaph and Soldiers Walk. May their memory be a blessing.
#tasmania #soldierswalk #cenotaph #ww1memorial #lonepine #warmemorial #hobart #nomorewar #lestweforget #victoriacross #wardead #pinecones


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Join us next week on Monday , Memorial Day to Honor and Reflect on this Day....Never Forget..


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Dismember “Massive Killing Capacity” Nuclear Blast Records 1995. Dealing with the dead on this fine Friday! 🇸🇪 #Dismember #massivekillingcapacity #nuclearblast #deathmetal #swedishdeathmetal #deathmetaltapes #nuclearblastrecords #cassette #cassettetape #cassettecollection #nowblasting #wardead #casketgarden #1995


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May 9: Memory Day. Big holiday commemorating victory over the nazis, with great friendly crowds coming to a war memorial in uniforms, displaying medals and pictures of their war heroes, war dead, just veterans, really very moving. #may9 #memoryday #victory #victoryoverthenazis #wardead #warheroes #uniforms #medals #samarkand #uzbekistan


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Nanyo shrine for peace and remembering war dead

Original Nanyo Shrine was in Palau, now moved back to Japan.
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An American soldier comforting a fellow infantryman whose close friend had been killed in action in South Korea in August 1950.

#1950s #koreanwar #southkoera #americansoldiers #wardead #war #historymemories #historywars


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Dead letter office (DLO). Within every postal system where undeliverable mail is processed there is a DLO.
At the end of the American Civil War, the DLO had 4.5 million undelivered letters, complete with touching but lonely messages written. Thousands of people separated from their families in war time tried to connect through the mail, but because of widespread illiteracy and virtually no knowledge of the postal service were unable to find their relatives.
Among those items were thousands of cartes de visite, photographic portrait postcards, of Civil War soldiers. The museum displayed them at various times over the years. A purported 2,000 of cards were identified in this fashion. However, as time went by, fewer and fewer had any hope of finding their recipients. When the DLO closed in 1911, the cards were sold into private collections. Info/pic courtesy of:
https://16sparrows.typepad.com/letterwritersalliance/2016/05/civil-war-photos-of-the-dead-letter-office.html #death #deathmatters #deadletteroffice #civilwar #civilwardead #militaryhistory #postoffice #americanpostoffice #wardead #lettersfromwar #postcards


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#tombstonetuesday This is the Loos British Cemetery in France.
My paternal great-grandmother‘s oldest brother Patrick, joined the Scots Guards in 1911. In the fall of 1915, his unit was was sent to aid an offensive to break through a German stronghold and capture the city of Lille, France. What Patrick’s actual role was, I’m not sure yet (I’m a Social history person, military actions are tougher to understand), but I do know he survived three weeks of trench warfare, in a battle that had enormous British casualties. He was killed 15 October 1915. His name is listed on a panel, as his remains were not recovered. (If any experts of this battle have anything to add that would be of help, please leave a comment!) #britishmilitary #battleofloosengohelle #battleofloos #genealogy #telltheirstories #ancestry #familyhistory #familyhistorian #britishhistory #wwi #ww1 #research #headstone #familyhistorians #tombstones #wardead #warmemorial #1915 #thegreatwar


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The beautiful, moving, humbling war Commonwealth war graves in Bayeux. The largest of its kind in France. Over 4,000 Commonwealth soldiers, sailors and airmen buried and honoured here, along with a memorial to the 1,800 others never found. Bayeux was the first French town to be liberated by the Allies after D-Day in 1944. #dday #1944 #bayeux #allies #wardead #rememberance #bayeux #normandie #france


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Thank you @assocphoto for inviting me to a TAKEOVER of this Instagram feed. Photograph by @simonnorfolkstudio⁣
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⁣I’ve been working for a couple of years now on a project about the aftermath of the First World War …⁣
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⁣Adanac Military Cemetery is a burial ground for the dead of the First World War, located near the French villages of Miraumont, Pys and Courcelette. The cemetery was laid out after the Armistice of 11 November 1918, when graves were brought in from the Canadian battlefields around Courcelette and small cemeteries surrounding Miraumont. The cemetery was designed by Sir Herbert Baker and contains 3186 casualties of the war from the UK, Canada, Australia, New Zealand and South Africa.⁣
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⁣For more on this and other projects, follow me, Simon Norfolk @simonnorfolkstudio⁣
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⁣simonnorfolk #france #history #war #memorial #warfare #firstworldwar #1918 #memory #WW1 #somme #armistice #peace #cemetery #LestWeForget #cwgc #commonwealth #wardead #adnaccemetery #canada #Miraumont #Courcelette #Igtakeover #AOPtakeover @assocphoto @simonnorfolkstudio ⁣
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Thank you @assocphoto for inviting me to a TAKEOVER of this Instagram feed. Photograph by @simonnorfolkstudio⁣
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⁣I’ve been working for a couple of years now on a project about the aftermath of the First World War …⁣
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⁣Railway Hollow Cemetery is one of the prettiest in the whole Somme battlefield. It is constructed from a former trench filled with the bodies of the men who died in front of it, attacking uphill on the 1st of July 1916. No territory at all was gained that day in this place, the regiment was almost wiped out. Most of the men were friends from the same northen English towns and the city of Sheffield bought the land in front of the cemetery to keep it in its battered and cratered state.⁣
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⁣Railway Hollow Cemetery, Hébuterne, Pas-de-Calais department, northern France⁣
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⁣For more on this and other projects, follow me @simonnorfolkstudio⁣
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Spent two hours yesterday speaking with a veteran about an article she will write on Graves Registration Service from WWII. She found some of my articles online and wondered why more people are not talking about the amazing men and women who took care of our war dead.

These are a few photos from one of my collections. If you would like to learn more, read my book "Finding the Answers in the IDPF" available on Amazon. Also, explore the articles on my website where I talk about the history, job, sacrifice of these men and the records they created. I even have a couple articles about an MIA John Gordon who us buried as an Unknown at Margraten.
Finally, be sure to read the article explaining the myth that the government paid for all our boys to come home if the family wanted that. They didn't. .
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#wwii #researcher #militaryresearch #healer #cemetery #grs #gravesregistrationservice #mia #kia #wardead #idpf #abmc #margraten #graves #genealogy #mistakes #myths #findingtheanswers


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This place. #lestweforget #wardead


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