GEE, Circuit Judge:
This is a sad but simple case. Texie Carr filed an administrative tort claim, alleging medical malpractice, with the Veterans Administration. This claim was denied, and notice of final denial was mailed to Miss Carr's attorney on February 5, 1973.
The issues on appeal involve the intersection of this fact pattern and the applicable statute of limitations, 28 U.S.C. § 2401(b).
While it might be more equitable if the short period of limitations provided by 28 U.S.C. § 2401(b) commenced with receipt by the claimant of notice of the administrative agency's denial of the claim, the plain words of the statute defeat appellant's first argument. These specify that an action be begun within six months after the "date of mailing," and adherence to the statutory language is particularly necessary in a case such as this because the waiver of sovereign immunity embodied in this statute must be strictly construed. See Childers v. United States, 442 F.2d 1299 (5th Cir.), cert. denied, 404 U.S. 857, 92 S.Ct. 104, 30 L.Ed.2d 99 (1971). Limitations began to run on the date of mailing, February 5, and ran on August 6, 1973.
Appellant's second argument is considerably more sophisticated. While conceding that Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 6(e) cannot extend the jurisdictional period of the statute of limitations itself, she argues that the reference to the statutory period in Rule 15(c) as a measure of the time during which notice must be provided is not jurisdictional. Since the period during which she could provide notice to the United States commenced with the act of mailing the administrative denial of her claim, she contends that Rule 6(e) gives her three additional days—until August 9—within which to notify the United States so as to permit relation back of the amendment.
Assuming arguendo that the reference in Rule 15(c) to the period of limitations is not jurisdictional, we reject appellant's argument because we hold that Rule 6(e) does not apply to modify the period during which notice must be given in this case. The prescribed period of limitations commences with the "date of mailing" and not with the "service of a notice or other paper" as required for Rule 6(e) to apply. Cf. Clements v. Florida East Coast Ry., 473 F.2d 668 (5th Cir.1973); Army and Air Force Exchange Service v. Hanson, 250 F.Supp. 857 (D.Hawaii 1966). Our reluctance to deviate from the strict language of Rule 6(e) in the context of a suit against the government is supported by the probable purpose of Rule 6(e): to equalize the time for action available to parties served by mail with that afforded those served in person. This purpose is not relevant here where the period during which notice must be provided commences in the same way for all claimants. Our reluctance draws further support from the goal of the 1966 amendments to Rule 15(c), as reflected in the Advisory Committee's Note, 39 F.R.D. 82 (1966). The present language of Rule 15(c) is a reaction to a line of cases refusing to allow an amendment to relate back when a plaintiff sued and served one government entity within the period
Appellant's third argument, that delivery of process to the U. S. Marshal is constructive notice to the United States, is also defeated by the sense of the Advisory Committee's Note. In reconciling its rejection of the previous line of cases with its emphasis on the policy of the statute of limitations, the Advisory Committee accepted relation back in situations in which the initial delivery of process was "to a responsible government official." Advisory Committee Note, 39 F.R.D. 82, 83 (1966). Appellant's argument extends relation back far beyond this limitation. Accepting it would render the last sentence of Rule 15(c) superfluous because it would mean that the United States has instant notice of every complaint given a federal marshal for service. Such a sweeping result was clearly not intended by the framers of the present rule, and the marshal is not "responsible" in this sense.
It may seem severe to hold that appellant has forfeited her day in court because the U. S. Marshal took seven days rather than six to serve process. However, this is clearly where Congress drew the line, and faithfulness to the policy represented by 28 U.S.C. § 2401(b) and to the purposes of the appropriate Federal Rules of Civil Procedure require it.