I am very new to this and if I'm posting it in the wrong place, I beg forgiveness. I looked at all the forums and descriptions and could not find a definite fit. My father, Wilbur A. Dodd, served in the Graves Registration Service in Italy immediately postwar (1946-47 per his resume). His description: "Identification of unknown American dead for Repatriation Program -- mainland Italy, south from Firenze (Florence) and all of Sicily." The Army called him a "Grave Registration Tech 980." Not surprisingly, it was so awful he never talked about it. I have heard, anecdotally, that soldiers in Graves Registration had the highest levels of alcoholism and what we would today call PTSD of any other detail. Black humor: he had a ring which I remember seeing in my childhood -- a hand-carved cameo of a skull. I understood it to be a souvenir or insignia that he and his unit fellows had commissioned. He never wore it, just kept it in a dresser drawer. He told us that the metal had been melted down from an American silver dollar. I don't know what happened to the ring. Probably my mother got rid of it after he died in 1984. Has anyone else seen or heard of something like this? FYI I tried to get more detail of his service from the National Personnel Records Center in St Louis, but his records were among those damaged by fire in 1973 and all I got was a very bad copy of an honorable discharge document with many blackened, unreadable areas. If I am reading his serial number correctly it was 31522411 and he was inducted on 20 Sept 1946 in West Hartford, CT. At one time I located, and printed, an article called "The Last Detail" by David Colley about those who served in graves registration. That link does not seem to work any more. I would appreciate any information or shared stories. Thank you.