Letter from the War Department -- Verification of Death


3 May 1945

Dear Mrs. Whisenant:

This letter is being written to confirm the recent telegram in which you were regretfully informed of the death of your son, Corporal Jesse M. Whisenant, 38,461,497, Air Corps, who was previously reported a prisoner of war of the German Government.

The report received from the German Government through the International Red Cross contained only the fact that he died on 23 August 1944. Since it gives the date of his death as the same day he was previously reported missing in action, it has been officially recorded on the records of the War Department that he was killed in action on that date. I wish that there were more information available to give you, but unfortunately reports of this nature do not contain the complete details.

I realize the great suspense you have endured and now, the finality to those hopes which you have cherished for his safety. Although little at this time may be said or done to alleviate your grief, it is my fervent hope that the knowledge that he gave his life so nobly for his country may be of sustaining comfort to you in the days to come.

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