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  • My Dad's Medals.

    A real American hero. To me anyways.

    In rank order.

    Air Force Commendation Medal.


    Description:
    http://usmilitary.about.com/library/...als/blafcm.htm

    Air Force Good Conduct Medal


    Description:
    http://usmilitary.about.com/library/...ls/blafgcm.htm

    Army Good Conduct Medal


    Description:
    http://usmilitary.about.com/library/...dals/blgcm.htm

    WWII Victory Medal


    Description:
    http://usmilitary.about.com/library/...s/blwwiivm.htm

    Army Occupation Medal (WWII)


    Description:
    http://usmilitary.about.com/library/...als/blaoom.htm

    Korean Service medal


    Description:
    http://usmilitary.about.com/library/...dals/blksm.htm

    Air Force Longevity Service Ribbon


    Description:
    http://usmilitary.about.com/library/...als/blafls.htm

    United Nations Service Medal (Korea)


    Description:
    http://usmilitary.about.com/library/...als/blunsm.htm

    Awarded and not recieved;

    Vietnam Service Medal

    Description: http://usmilitary.about.com/library/...dals/blvsm.htm

    Last but definetely not least

    Combat Infantryman Badge


    Description:
    http://usmilitary.about.com/library/...dges/blcib.htm

    One more thing I need to investigate was why he wasn't awarded the ETO medal.

    Rest in Peace, Dad.

    I return the forum to the normal discussions. Thank you for reading.

    Cheers, Mates!
    Eagles may fly; but weasels aren't sucked into jet engines!

    "I'm not expendable; I'm not stupid and I'm not going." - Kerr Avon, Blake's 7

    What didn't kill us; didn't make us smarter.

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    Be proud, be very proud!
    Retreat hell, we just got here. Every Marine, a rifleman.

    Never let the facts get in the way of the truth.

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    • #3
      Originally posted by Iron Mike USMC
      Be proud, be very proud!
      Couldn't have said it any better!!
      http://canadiangenealogyandresearch.ca

      Soviet and Canadian medal collector!

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      • #4
        The Greatest Generation

        My Dad also served in WWII. He was an Army medic and participated in five major campaigns. He received five bronze stars. After the war he married my mom (an Army nurse) and went to college on the GI Bill and became a phamacist. He saw D Day, Battle of the Bulge as well as several other major battles, but he never would talk about them. I didn't even realize that he received the bronze stars until after his death and I was going through his papers.

        He was really one of "The Greatest Generation." I understand that a thousand WWII veterns fade away everyday in 2004.

        Does anyone know if it's possible to get the citations for WWII bronze stars?

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        • #5
          Re: The Greatest Generation

          Originally posted by CavalryFed
          My Dad also served in WWII. He was an Army medic and participated in five major campaigns. He received five bronze stars. After the war he married my mom (an Army nurse) and went to college on the GI Bill and became a phamacist. He saw D Day, Battle of the Bulge as well as several other major battles, but he never would talk about them. I didn't even realize that he received the bronze stars until after his death and I was going through his papers.

          He was really one of "The Greatest Generation." I understand that a thousand WWII veterns fade away everyday in 2004.

          Does anyone know if it's possible to get the citations for WWII bronze stars?
          Contact the National Archives. They can guide you to the forms needed to get copies of your father's records. Be advised that a fire in the 1970s, in (I believe) St. Louis destroyed many records. For some fees, it is possible, over time, for your dad's records to be compiled from old unit records, which are kept by the Army.
          Retreat hell, we just got here. Every Marine, a rifleman.

          Never let the facts get in the way of the truth.

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          • #6
            Thanks, Iron Mike

            Thanks, Iron Mike. I will act on your suggestions.

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            • #7
              Re: The Greatest Generation

              Originally posted by CavalryFed
              Does anyone know if it's possible to get the citations for WWII bronze stars?
              It's actually harder to get the citations than the actual medals. My Uncle got a Bronze Star w/Valor in 1970 with the 1st Cav. I received the medal (along with several others) almost a year ago. I e-mailed the archives and they still have been unable to locate the citation. The gentleman said it wasn't hard to find a record if someone got a medal; its a lot harder to discover what they received the medal for!
              "Anything worth fighting for is worth fighting dirty for"
              "The journey of a thousand miles begins with one step, and a lot of bitching"

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              • #8
                Originally posted by Iron Mike USMC
                Be proud, be very proud!
                I am. Trust me on this. I just still wish he was here today to talk about the old times.

                Cheers, Mate!


                Eagles may fly; but weasels aren't sucked into jet engines!

                "I'm not expendable; I'm not stupid and I'm not going." - Kerr Avon, Blake's 7

                What didn't kill us; didn't make us smarter.

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by dannybou
                  Couldn't have said it any better!!
                  :thumb: Thanks, Mate!

                  Eagles may fly; but weasels aren't sucked into jet engines!

                  "I'm not expendable; I'm not stupid and I'm not going." - Kerr Avon, Blake's 7

                  What didn't kill us; didn't make us smarter.

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                  • #10
                    Don't recall all the medals my dad showed me when I was a kid. Guess my mom's got 'em stashed away at her house somewhere.

                    But anyway, he was in the 101st Airborne in WWII. Had wings with two stars (for the D-Day & Market Garden jumps), a bronze star, a purple heart--and a bunch of ribbons & such.

                    --Patrick
                    --Patrick Carroll


                    "Do all you have agreed to do, and do not encroach on other persons or their property." (Richard Maybury)

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by Patrick Carroll
                      Don't recall all the medals my dad showed me when I was a kid. Guess my mom's got 'em stashed away at her house somewhere.

                      But anyway, he was in the 101st Airborne in WWII. Had wings with two stars (for the D-Day & Market Garden jumps), a bronze star, a purple heart--and a bunch of ribbons & such.

                      --Patrick
                      Do you know what outfit he was with exactly? Battles? Has he written a diary or memoir? Patrick, you also be very proud :thumb:
                      http://canadiangenealogyandresearch.ca

                      Soviet and Canadian medal collector!

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by dannybou
                        Do you know what outfit he was with exactly? Battles? Has he written a diary or memoir?
                        Not positive about his outfit. When we were playing the Avalon Hill wargame Battle of the Bulge (in 1970, I think--the year before he died), I asked him which of the three regiments he was in. He said the 506th, then tried hard to recall some details--he remembered a Colonel Sink ... and he recalled a truckload of weapons pulling up & they told him to pick one (they'd had to leave France in a hurry to get to Bastogne), so he picked a tommy gun & felt lucky to have gotten one.

                        But evidently he transferred to the 506th sometime earlier, because I think he said he'd been a gliderman at D-Day, and I once caught a brief glimpse of a document that showed him as being in the 327th glider regt.

                        He was a sergeant (don't know what grade; they offered to make him a master sgt. after the war, but he didn't want to be in a peacetime army; he later joined the Marines during the Korean War but stayed in Parris Island, SC, instructing recruits).

                        According to my mom, he was recommended for a silver star, but it was cold the day he was to receive it--and he and a buddy decided it was too cold to go out and stand in formation, so he missed it.

                        He apparently brought home a veritable truckload of souvenirs, but his ex-wife ended up with almost everything. We had a couple pieces left around the house when I was a kid: an officer's belt and a holster.

                        One of the few war stories I still vaguely remember (not so much because of my memory, but because he was quiet and didn't talk about the war much) is how he captured a roomful of German officers. His outfit was moving into a town that was supposed to have been cleared, but they took some fire, so he jumped through a street-level window into a building. Looking up, he saw a bunch of German officers sitting around a table. They looked as scared as he was, but he raised his weapon and shouted, "Haende ueber Kopf! They threw their hands up, and he marched them out as POWs.

                        Because of that story, "Haende ueber Kopf" is the first German phrase I ever learned. I used to use it often when my little friends and I played army in the backyard.
                        --Patrick Carroll


                        "Do all you have agreed to do, and do not encroach on other persons or their property." (Richard Maybury)

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                        • #13
                          Good one Patrick! :thumb:
                          http://canadiangenealogyandresearch.ca

                          Soviet and Canadian medal collector!

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