Military Memories Blog Post: May 10 – The Home Front

May 10: The Home Front. What was the sendoff to war like for your ancestor? Was there a big family party or a town parade? Next, discuss the homecoming if he or she survived the war. Finally, if your soldier did not survive the war, what was their homecoming like if their remains were returned? #militarymemories

 

Caskets awaiting return. Photo courtesy the American Battle Monuments Commission.

Caskets awaiting return. Photo courtesy the American Battle Monuments Commission.

Tip: If you are unsure what the sendoff or return was like for your soldier, check the newspapers and local histories for information. Often the reporters would write articles about troops departing and returning. Look for memorial notices and obituaries for soldiers who were killed. Did you know the newspapers reported lists of those soldiers with status changes? If a soldier status changed to Missing in Action (MIA), Prisoner of War (POW), Killed in Action (KIA), or Wounded in Action (WIA), their names with the address of their next of kin were published in the newspapers once the War Department notified the families.

© 2014, Jennifer Holik, Generations

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