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Admin/Biog History Kenneth C. Losse was the son of Lillian Losse of Oshkosh, WI. His wife was Viola C. Losse. He was inducted into the US Army in December 1942 and received glider training at Fort Bragg, NC; Camp Mackall, NC; Alliance, NB and Fort Meade, MD. He arrived overseas in May 1944. He was listed as missing in action on September 23, 1944 in Holland. In December 1944 he was listed as a prisoner of war in a German camp.
Classification Archives
Collection Winnebago County Historical Commission
Dates of Accumulation 1944
Abstract Letter concerning Private Kenneth C. Losse, Glider Infantry, to his wife, Viola S. Losse, in Oshkosh, WI.

WAR DEPARTMENT THE ADJUTANT GENERAL'S OFFICE

AG 201 Losse, Kenneth C.
PO-JoT ETQ220

WASHINGTON 25, D. C.

27 October 1944

Mrs. Viola S. Losse 14 West Irving Street Oshkosh, Wisconsin

Dear Mrs. Losse:

This letter is to confirm my recent telegram in which you were regretfully informed that your husband, Private Kenneth O. Losse, 36,286,936, Infantry, has been reported missing in action in Holland since 23 September 1944.

I know that added distress is caused by failure to receive more information or details. Therefore, I wish to assure you that at any time additional information is received it will be transmitted to you without delay, and, if in the meantime no additional information is received, I will again communicate with you at the expiration of three months.

The term "missing in action" is used only to indicate that the whereabouts or status of an individual is not immediately known. It is not intended to convey the impression that the case is closed. I wish to emphasize that every effort is exerted continuously to clear up the status of our personnel. Under war conditions this is a difficult task, as you must readily realize. Experience has shown that many persons reported missing in action are subsequently reported as prisoners of war, but as this information is furnished by countries with which we are at war, the War Department is helpless to expedite such reports. However, in order to relieve financial worry, Congress has enacted legislation which continues in force the pay, allowances and allotments to dependents of personnel being carried in a missing status.

Permit me to extend to you my heartfelt sympathy during this period of uncertainty.

Sincerely yours,


J. A. ULIO, Major General, The Adjutant General.
Event World War II
Category 8: Communication Artifact
Legal Status Oshkosh Public Museum
Object ID RG71.29.2
Object Name Letter
People Losse, Kenneth C.
Subjects World War II
United States Army
European Theater of Operations
Gliders
Prisoners of war
Title Letter
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