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In the sentence: “… in a May 24, 2004, letter to American National. . .” Do we need the comma after the date ALWAYS, or do we leave it off because we’re talking about a date?

In this particular instance you do not use the comma, but in many other instances you do. Why is this one different? Because May 24, 2004 is being used as an adjective to modify the noun “letter”.

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