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Touchstones: A Guide to Records, Rights and Resources for Families of American World War II [Hardcover]

by Ann Bennett Mix


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Book Description

July 1996 1877677728 978-1877677724
A guide to locating records for World War II casualties. Survivors of persons killed in World War II have certain rights and privileges granted by the U.S. Government, such as burial markers, flags, special awards you are entitled to, and other provisions. Whether you have a relative who was killed in World War II or not, this book provides an outstanding array of resources available to help someone understand more about a person who died serving our country. The author has spent countless hours doing research for her own father, who was killed in Italy in 1945. From that experience, every known source has been identified and made available to others who are interested in what records are obtainable today.

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This book was originally written specifically for the sons and daughters of Americans who were killed or missing in World War II. It was intended to be a guide to help them learn more about their fathers, more about World War II, and to enable them to apply for medals and benefits to which they are entitled. It has since been expanded and edited to include help and information for all next of kin of American World War II servicemen.

Touchstones evolved from my personal search for information about my father, Sydney Worthington Bennett, a native of Bakersfield, California, who was killed in Italy, 19 April 1945. This search for my father began in earnest when I was in my late forties and after my mother died. It seems only then I was free to pursue my interest in my father's life, his military service, and the circumstances surrounding his death.


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