[seal: National Military Establishment United States of America] DEPARTMENT OF THE ARMY OFFICE OF THE QUARTERMASTER GENERAL WASHINGTON 25, D.C. 1 November 1949 IN REPLY REFER TO Sgt. Edward F. Middleton, 38 228 350 Group Burial United States Military Cemetery Hamm, Luxembourg Mr. John E. Middleton Box 184 Parksley, Virginia '
Dear Mr. Middleton:
The Department of the Army desires that you be given the most recent information concerning your son, the late Sergeant Edward F. Middleton, ASH 38 228 350.
The American Graves Registration Service in their search for deceased American personnel recovered certain remains from the area in which your son and others of his comrades met their death. As identifications could not be established at the time of the recovery, Unknown designations were assigned pending further investigation, and temporary interments were made in a United States Military Cemetery overseas.
The investigation has now been completed, and although the circumstances rendered individual identification impossible, sufficient evidence was present to determine that they were those of your son and four comrades and to warrant a group identification of the remains. The remains are now casketed, and being held overseas, pending return to the United States for interment in Arlington National Cemetery, located at Fort Myer, Virginia.
This plan for the burial in one of our country's shrines of all the known groups of men for whom individual identity cannot be established, is based upon the provisions of Public Law 383, 79th Congress, as amended by Section 3, Public Law 368, 80th Congress. Final interment in a National Cemetery in the United States where perpetual care will be given the graves, is fitting and proper. This particular National Cemetery was selected in order that no undue burden of travel might be placed on any one family wishing to attend the services.
You and the next of kin of the other men will be informed of the date and time of final interment sufficiently in advance to permit you and any interested persons to attend the ceremonies. In order that you may receive information concerning these final rites, it is essential, in case you change your address, that you promptly inform the Commanding General, New York Port of Embarkation, Attention AGRD, First Avenue and 58th Street, Brooklyn 20, New York. Sincerely yours, E. V. Freeman E. V. FREEMAN Colonel, QMC Memorial Division