Crosses in the Wind

By Joseph James Shomon,

Book cover of Crosses in the Wind: Graves Registration Service in the Second World War

Book description

Crosses in the Wind contains the first direct information about the services rendered to our war dead. It is the story of the men in Graves Registration Service whose monumental tasks have seldom been heralded, but whose honorable and reverent work should be made known. The book is written with…

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An important piece of history, especially since I have a young uncle, buried at an American cemetery in France, whose remains went through a very detailed Graves Registration process from southern Austria to a temporary cemetery in eastern France, before being permanently buried there.

I was interested in the technical training the unit underwent in Colorado before deploying to England. And the great care they took to make sure that identifications were certain and that personal items were protected to send home to loved ones.

This book was published before most of the overseas American cemeteries were officially open. It…

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