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United States/Covers & Postmarks : Post WWII - Forwarded To: Returning To US

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02 Feb 2014
11:54:15am
I came across this cover from a lot I won at my local club auction. I never saw this Auxiliary Marking before. It is pretty obvious that it was a letter sent to a soldier in Saipan (APO 244) who was returning home after the war.

Here is the front and back of the cover.

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02 Feb 2014
03:44:52pm
re: Post WWII - Forwarded To: Returning To US

never seen that one either; absolutely lovely, fitting as it does, in my military postal history, auxillary markings, and AM SD areas.

A RTS would have sufficed, i would think.

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03 Feb 2014
12:23:16am
re: Post WWII - Forwarded To: Returning To US

Other markings indicate it was returned via air mail special delivery. Maybe the Army's way of letting friends and family know that in this case, that no reply was a good thing, and gets the letter back to the sender before the serviceman arrived home.

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03 Feb 2014
06:52:59am
re: Post WWII - Forwarded To: Returning To US

Michael, explain why you think the AMSD markings are after receipt of letter and not from point of origin. I am curious.

Do either AM or SD rules require ... Or even allow .. For forwarding or RTS by expedited means if sent that way on initial leg?

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03 Feb 2014
02:10:23pm
re: Post WWII - Forwarded To: Returning To US

" ..... it was returned via air mail special delivery. Maybe the Army's way of letting friends and family know that in this case, that no reply was a good thing, ...."

That is a nice thought, but I don't think that because the addressee had been transferred to a new station, in this case probably home for discharge, since by December 1945 hostilities had ended, that the level of service paid for would be downgraded to regular mail. The original mailing was AM/SD so that service was paid for and I think expected until it was properly delivered, somewhere.
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04 Feb 2014
10:04:20am
re: Post WWII - Forwarded To: Returning To US

David, I read the markings wrong (12:30 AM eyes). Charlie sorted it out for me.

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