Pvt. Roy Hassel Stover’s family wasn’t told much when he was killed in the Battle of Chateau-Thierry in France during World War I. The Stovers, then of Luray, Va., received a death certificate and a picture of his grave in Cierges, France.
What happened to Roy remained unknown, a common fact of war in those days. Undelivered mail was often returned to sender with the words “deceased” or “killed in action.” Most families received telegrams weeks later with the date their loved one died and sometimes a temporary burial location.
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