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October 23, 2007

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Patrick Rock

Quote: "Maybe the brace and the crutch in the 1943 photo were props related to the content of the newspaper article."

We should keep in mind that a brace and a crutch might not have been noted in the draft registration, as they would not qualify as "scars".

When we found Forrest "One-Wing" Maddox's WW1 registration, his missing arm was mentioned under the heading of "obvious physical disqualification" (missing limbs or eyes were given as examples); do we yet know whether such information was recorded in this phase of WW2 registration? It could simply be that a man coming in with a crutch or brace could be thought to be temporarily disabled.

I think we have a good possibility.

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