A recent donation to the National D-Day Memorial brings to mind an often-neglected aspect of WWII history on the American home front: the emphasis on encouraging support for the war among school children. A few months after Pearl Harbor launched America into WWII, a federal...

It’s called an IDPF—Individual Deceased Personnel File. Unlike a service record, which preserves what a member of the American military did while living, the IDPF records what happens once a person has died in uniform. It records basic biographical information and some of the facts...