Family’s wishes


Dated February 1921, this document from the burial file of Sergeant Joyce Kilmer, a World War I soldier and well-known American poet confirms his family's desire that his body remain in Europe for burial. Kilmer served in the 165th Infantry Regiment and died during the Second Battle of the Marne (France), on July 30, 1918, at the age of 31.

National Archives, Records of the Office of the Quartermaster General