The Homefront

The Telegram

Telegrams were delivered by a Western Union Messenger in a specially marked car. The sight of a Western Union messenger became a dreaded sight as the War went on. The US War Department used telegrams to notify families that a family member had been wounded, was missing in action, or killed in combat. Every family with someone in the service in combat feared getting one of these telegrams that usually started “Regret to inform you ”.