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Letter written to James W. Horn from Lieutenant Colonel F. F. Frech concerning the death of his son, Stanley James Horn. December 20, 1941. Mr. J. W. Horn, 221 Ashland Avenue, Oshkosh, Wisconsin. Dear Mr. Horn The accidental death of your son, Stanley, was a great blow to this regiment and to his friends here in Panama. I had known Stanley for about five years and have been his commanding officer for the past six months. I can assure you the Army lost an excellent officer, and the regiment has suffered a loss which will take some time to recover from. Your daughter-in-law (Kit) left early this week and your son's body remains here awaiting instructions as to the place of internment. The folks here were very kind to Stanley's widow and children, and did all they could to make them comfortable. Kit stood up well under the strain and this made it somewhat easier for her friends to assist her. Stanley was killed while on duty in his office of the construction camp in the interior of Panama about 10 p.m. on the night of December 12. An airplane, which failed in its take-off, crashed into the building and also killed one of Stanley's officers and three of his soldiers. Stanley, at the time of his death, was commanding the First Battalion of the 11th Engineers. He had a very important job and was performing it in a superior manner. As you know, Stanley was quiet and unassuming, and at the same time thorough and efficient and had an excellent knack of getting along with people. I miss him very much and I will continue to do so. I feel like I lost a very close friend as well as a very able subordinate. Please accept my personal sympathy and also that of the organization of which Stanley was a part. If I can be of any further assistance to you, please let me know. Very sincerely yours, F. F. FRECH, Lieutenant Colonel 11th Engineers Commanding.
Letter of condolence -WORLD WAR II -Copyright Oshkosh Public Museum
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