Family twice erroneously notified of son's death: 1944

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Family twice erroneously notified of son's death: 1944 - a Wounded Son's Letter Eases Mother's Mind Mr....
a Wounded Son's Letter Eases Mother's Mind Mr. and Mrs. H. M. Elvey of 1431 Sixteenth avenue have received a long awaited letter from their son Pharmacist Mate Robert .J. Elvey which removes the* uncertainty that followed a succession of questionable reports. Pharmacist Mate Elvey, aged 23, has informed his parents by letter presumably from Saipan island that he did receive slight shr*apnei wounds of the left arm while participating in the occupation of that Japanese stronghold, and that he is getting along well." The first of a series of mysterious and shocking incidents occurred last March when the Elvey family received a telephone call informing them that Robert, serving with a marine corps amphibious group, had been killed in action. A check with the telegraph revealed that the family was the victim of a cruel hoax by someone who had represented himself as a Western Union employe. The parents' peace of mind was again disturbed last month when a telegram from the navy department informed them that Ph. M. Elvey had been killed in action on June 15. The telegram was dated June 23 and came from Washington, D. C. Convinced that the telegram was in error because they had received a letter from Robert written on July 17. the Elvey's called the navy casualty bureau in Washington to question the report The; call was made by two other sons; Paul, aged 15, and Jim, aged 17, who had not informed the parents of the receipt of the telegram. The bureau promised to check the casualty data. Later in the evening, the boys received a return telephone call in which the bureau reported that announcement of Robert's death was erroneous and that the Altoonan was alive but had suffered a fractured leg. Two days later a navy telegram of confirmation informed the family that Robert had been wounded in action. This telegram and the subsequent letter from their son relieved the parents of their worries of the past few weeks. n n

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  1. Altoona Mirror,
  2. 23 Aug 1944, Wed,
  3. Page 17

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