I'm new here, so I don't know forum etiquette. I posted these questions on the introductory thread, but haven't got answers yet, and I thought there might be more traffic here. So I hope it's alright for me to post them in more than one place at a time.
I’m working on a novel that spans several generations, one of which is immediately following the WWII. The father of main character in that section was killed in the war, early on after the US entered the war. None of the action takes place in the war, there’s just some conversation about it, so I don’t need a lot of detail. Assuming he enlisted in the Army (not Navy), immediately after Pearl Harbor, it seems like the earliest action he would have been likely to have died in would have been November 8, 1942, in North Africa. Does this make sense?
Assuming it does, I have a few (I hope very simple) questions. I need to know:
- How long would it take after someone was killed in action before the family would be notified? (Assuming the CO knew right away)
- Would that notification have come as a telegram, as portrayed in some movies, or a letter? Or was there a personal visit?
- Is there anywhere online I could view a few facsimiles of such messages? (I found one on Google images, but it might be good to look at a few more)