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In this continuing series profiling veterans of World War II, Samuelson recounts the exploits of Jack Woodlieff, who was born in Leaksville. Woodlieff joined the army in January 1942 and was assigned to a number of positions. When the 47th Quartermaster Unit, Graves Registration was formed, he requested assignment. It is hard, unpleasant work that must be done and involves being the funeral director, embalmer, grave digger, hiker and detective--all in one. In North Africa he prepared the body of Captain Richard Jensen, who was General George S. Patton's aide, and was the only person in the tent when Patton came to pay his respects. Woodlief attended the funeral and received a handshake and a compliment from the General for his work.
Recall (NoCar F 252 .R43), Vol. 10 Issue 1, Spr 2004, p14-15, por