Woodrow Wilson On How the Bodies of America’s WWI Dead Are Handled Prior to Eventual Re-Burial in the U.S.
9 October, 1918.
My dear Mr. Motter:
Immediately upon the receipt of the letter signed by yourself, Mr. Bird, and Mr. Froelick, I took the matter of removing Mr. Reid's body, at once to this country, up with the War Department and am sorry to report that they have convinced me that it is not possible now.
The system of taking care of the bodies of our soldiers who die in France is very carefully worked out. The graves are all marked, identified, identification tags are buried with the corpse, and we have a regular grave corps or burial corps by whom this whole matter is cared for. After the war is over, the bodies of these heroes will be brought back to the United States.
I need not tell you how gladly I would cooperate in this matter, if it seemed wise to make an exceptional case.
With much regret,
Cordially and sincerely yours,
Mr. William C. Motter,
Merchants National Bank Bldg.,
St. Paul, Minn.