While on a perverse level it’s funny when you first hear it, it’s just unconscionable that the possibility of this happening wasn’t thought about prior and prevented. I can’t begin to imagine what the families felt.

Army asks dead to sign up for another hitch

The Army said Friday it would apologize to the families of about 275 officers killed or wounded in action who were mistakenly sent letters urging them to return to active duty.

The letters were sent a few days after Christmas to more than 5,100 Army officers who had recently left the service. Included were letters to about 75 officers killed in action and about 200 wounded in action.

“Army personnel officials are contacting those officers’ families now to personally apologize for erroneously sending the letters,” the Army said in a brief news release issued Friday night.

The Army did not say how or when the mistake was discovered. It said the database normally used for such correspondence with former officers had been “thoroughly reviewed” to remove the names of wounded or dead soldiers.

“But an earlier list was used inadvertently for the December mailings,” the Army statement said, adding that the Army is apologizing to those officers and families affected and “regrets any confusion.”

  1. Jägermeister says:

    Ready for duty, sir!

  2. Childish Personal Attacker says:

    As long as they sent my family a paycheck I’d let them use my dead body in the war on terror and to protect our “freedoms.”

  3. JT says:

    I guess being killed in action is considered leaving the service.

  4. Miguel says:

    I was going to joke about the Army of the Dead, but 1 did it already 😀

  5. Dallas says:

    Another act of insensitivity by Bush’s War Department. How did the letter go? Like…

    Dear Sirs,
    Looking for more 18-25 year old boys to help subsidize the oil industry and keep prices low win the war on terror.

    War Department
    Bush 2004 !

  6. KB says:

    Families of the deceased should write back (signed with the deceased’s name):

    “Gentlemen: Thank you for your kind letter. Unfortunately, I have but one life to give to my country.”

  7. Jägermeister says:


    Or this message:

    Dear sir/madam,

    I’m no longer interested in serving in the U.S. Armed Forces. You can try to get me, but you won’t take me alive.

    John Doe

    P.s. Observe, my new permanent address is:

    [Address to the graveyard

  8. theoldcoot says:

    Didn’t Hollywood make a movie about this back in the 50’s or 60’s.

  9. tallwookie says:

    Somone has been watching too many Ultimate Soldier movies

  10. Lee says:

    Flip as you might like to be, isn’t it slightly disturbing that the army has records in such disarray that they don’t even know who is -dead-?


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