Chaplains of the
36th Infantry Division
Chaplain (Colonel) Herbert E. MacCombie
Graves Registration School
While we were in North Africa we held two
schools on Grave Registration. It was the policy of the Division
Commander that chaplains would not normally be assigned as the Graves
Registration Officer. All regiments, battalions, and companies were
required to appoint Graves Registration Officers.
One school was held in May. The second at
the end of June. The Division Chaplain was the Director. Captain Vincent
M. Lockhart of Division Headquarters and Lt. Lee Allison of the 36th QM
Company, the Divisions Graves Registration Officer were special
lecturers. These were relatively large schools. Failure to attend any
session had to be explained through channels to the Division Commander.
The climax of the school was a field exercise with practical experience.
The lessons learned here were to prove essential when we reached Italy,
France, Germany and Austria.
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