The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History Advanced Placement United States History Study Guide

Period 9: 1980-Present

Discovering a mass grave in Iraq, 2003

Mark Rickert wrote this email while serving as a journalist with the 372nd Mobile Public Affairs Detachment in Iraq. On this day, he and his group were investigating rumors of a mass grave. The letter is written to his grandfather, Merle Kilgore, who was a friend and manager of Hank Williams, Jr. An audio version of this email read by Hank Williams, Jr., from the Simon and Schuster audiobook Behind the Lines by Andrew Carroll, is part of our online exhibition Battle Lines: Letters from America’s Wars.

A full transcript is available.

Mark Rickert to Merle Kilgore, September 14, 2003. (Andrew Carroll / The Legacy

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