Pursuit of details ~ IDPF
Hello Ol' Uncle Bob, or anyone with background in this area,
I have struggled with pursuing the research of my Uncle Richard's death,and requesting the "IDPF." Even though my Uncle died before I was born; I cannot bare thinking about him suffering a death worse than the one I had always heard about. If he were one of the emotionally wrenching memories that some of the veteran's have spoken of recently on the WWII Specials on the news… I would suffer knowing these things could have happened to him. However, there is part of me that would like to try to find one of his buddies that remember him on the last days.
My Mother loved Uncle Dick dearly (her "kid" brother-in-law) ~ and family stories have placed him in a place of valor, kindness, bravery, and personality plus. Could a person ever really find peace in learning the death details? Would knowing the IDPF record make it easier to find buddies of his that may still be alive?
I do have an official letter from Colonel Corea's Office from: "The American Battle Monuments Commission." This is where I got his serial number. I received this letter AFTER my visit to Honolulu, where I saw my Uncle's name on "The Tablets of the Missing." Strangely, I visited on Veteran's Day 1998, and none of the real "officials" were there. (National Holiday!) The staff on hand could not help me find "Marines." After re-researching it in a library, I went again to the Memorial, continuing to pursue it because I had received an email from a Vet who told me my Uncle was memorized there. I feel so blessed that I followed that instinct to pursue it; for when I came upon his name, and read it at the very top of wall ~ it was one of the most peaceful and spiritual experiences of my life.
What is your experience with people who have pursued the details of the IDPF? Thanks so very much for your help so far. With Love, Florence K. Covino