Dear Mrs. Roberts:
You have already been officially informed by the war Department that your son, Private Harvey S Roberts , 33814496, Company A, 26th Infantry, was killed in action on February 3, 1945 in the vicinity of Hollerath, Germany.
A Protestant chaplain presided in a military funeral. He was killed while advancing with the squad against a group of enemy pillboxes. He had accounted for a number of the enemy before he himself was killed by enemy machine gun fire. He was killed immediately with no suffering or lingering pain.
His fortitude and determination during combat materially aided in the success of the drive, and his outstanding valor will long be remembered. I want to assure you that he died as a soldier and as a result of fighting on the field of battle against enemies of our country. His presence in the line was always an inspiration to the company and the miss him deeply.
Through me, his company commander, all the men of his unit wish to extend their sympathy to you. In your bereavement, and to assure you that his death was not without purpose, but he made a real contribution to the final victory over the enemy.
Yours sincerely, Charles M, Robinson , chaplain of the 26th Infantry Commanding.