Question for military/ex-military guys

JerryBobCoJerryBobCo Senior MemberPosts: 6,077 Senior Member

My wife's dad earned two bronze stars during wwii.  He died several years ago and she doesn't know what he did to earn them.  Now, she wants to know.

She has his dog tags, which are dang near impossible to read, but it's hard to find a look up site to find out anything about him.

Can any one help with this?

Jerry

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  • TugarTugar Senior Member Posts: 1,643 Senior Member
    You can request a copy of his DD-214 from the DOD, which will have that information. 

    https://www.archives.gov/veterans/military-service-records
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  • SpkSpk Senior Member Posts: 1,169 Senior Member
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  • JerryBobCoJerryBobCo Senior Member Posts: 6,077 Senior Member
    Thanks!
    Jerry

    Gun control laws make about as much sense as taking ex-lax to cure a cough.
  • JayhawkerJayhawker Moderator Posts: 13,764 Senior Member
    Bronze Stars were often awarded for outstanding service....not necessarily combat related...a "V device" added to the ribbon indicates valor in combat....
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  • TeachTeach Senior Member Posts: 18,020 Senior Member

    A lot of WW II and other old service records, including my father's, were destroyed in a warehouse fire several years ago.  If his were in that group, it might be difficult or impossible to trace the awards.  There is a government office that can assist you in your search, but I don't remember which one I contacted when we were looking into getting him and Mom some assisted living care.  They did end up assigning him a certain amount of disability benefits, something about hearing loss from listening to those B-17 engines!

    Jerry


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  • NNNN Senior Member Posts: 22,923 Senior Member
    I looked at those sites listed above and the general context is a replacement of a lost award device not the written citation, unfortunately.

    Thinking about my record book------the award was listed and the written citation was not included.

    I believe what has to be done is request the entire record from the archives to include fitness reports that may have a copy of the written award attached to it.

    Here is a site with a phone number that may help with the exact instructions to make the request:
    https://www.archives.gov/contact

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  • zorbazorba Senior Member Posts: 15,981 Senior Member
    I was able to get my late father's WW II records successfully. YMMV.
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  • joeg52joeg52 Member Posts: 54 Member
    As Teach said, a lot of records were lost in a fire. You can read more about it here...
    http://www.dd214.us/nprc_73fire.html


  • LinefinderLinefinder Moderator Posts: 4,063 Senior Member
    I know one thing for sure... Bronze Stars aren't passed out like candy. If Cathy can't find the records, tell her to rest assured that the men he was with on those days remembered what he did until the end of theirs. Mike
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  • Wambli SkaWambli Ska Moderator Posts: 25,704 Senior Member
    Spk said:
    Thanks for posting those links.  I just sent for my dad's NAVY records so I can keep them with the flag from his funeral service.
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  • shushshush Senior Member Posts: 6,260 Senior Member
    I know one thing for sure... Bronze Stars aren't passed out like candy. If Cathy can't find the records, tell her to rest assured that the men he was with on those days remembered what he did until the end of theirs. Mike
    Well put.

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  • JerryBobCoJerryBobCo Senior Member Posts: 6,077 Senior Member
    I know one thing for sure... Bronze Stars aren't passed out like candy. If Cathy can't find the records, tell her to rest assured that the men he was with on those days remembered what he did until the end of theirs. Mike
    He fought in the Battle of the Bulge.  One of his assignments was to check neighboring fox holes for dead fellow soldiers.  Much of his time during that battle, I think, was hiding in a fox hole and trying not to freeze to death.  After we won that battle, I think he was engaged in a lot of mop up duty.  There was still pockets of German resistance, and I think it was during that time he won the two medals.
    Jerry

    Gun control laws make about as much sense as taking ex-lax to cure a cough.
  • LinefinderLinefinder Moderator Posts: 4,063 Senior Member
    The Battle of the Bulge was the last hurrah for the German Army as a cohesive entity. After that, the US had to dig out the last remaining diehards, along with impressed civilians, and it was probably the most "up-front, personal" part of the war. A Bronze Star during this time, much less two, says to me quite a lot, even if the "write up" can't be recovered. The German shells crashed into frozen trees, which increased their efficiency. Living through it was more than most could ask for and many didn't. When it was over, nobody much cared about medals. Somebody apparently remembered Cathtys' dad. Twice. Mike
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