What happens to members of the United States Armed Forces after they die? Why do soldiers endanger their lives to recover the remains of their comrades? Why does the military spend enormous resources and risk further fatalities to recover the bodies of the fallen, even decades after the cessation of hostilities? Soldier Dead is the first book to fully address the complicated physical, social, religious, economic, and political issues concerning the remains of men and women who die while serving their country. Michael Sledge traces the changes in the handling of our Soldier Dead over time and their reflection of advances in technology and the shifting attitudes of the public, government, and military. He also considers the emotional stress experienced by those who handle the dead; the continuing efforts to retrieve bodies from Korea and elsewhere; and how unresolved issues regarding the treatment of enemy dead continue to affect U.S. foreign relations.Historical Report of the Chief Quartermaster, AEF: 1917a1919, National Archives and Records Administration, College Park, MD, Record Group 92, chap. ... Steere and Boardman, Final Disposition of World War II Dead: 1945a51, 618. ... Graves Registration, Technical Manual 10a630, sec. ... Wreckage Analysis Branch, Joint Task Force Full Accounting (JTF-FA), personal interview by author, Honolulu, anbsp;...
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