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Question about a bronze star...

Discussion in 'Military' started by theTupper, May 4, 2012.

  1. theTupper

    theTupper [OP] White and Nerdy

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    Hey Everyone,
    I'm not military, but I figured this would be a good place to start. My wife and I have in our possession a bronze star received by her grandfather. It was handed down to us through a series of family deaths and as such, we haven't gotten the story of how he received it. My question then is this: are records kept about recipients of medals and if so, is there a way to research a certain medal and find out what it was awarded for? It would be nice to have the backstory about him if possible. I thank you for your service and your assistance.

    Cheers!
     
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    Any luck finding some info on it?
     
  4. theTupper

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    Not yet. Haven't had a lot of time this week to pursue it, but I did initiate contact with the link above...no response yet.
     
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    Quick question... Do you know if he was Infantry in WWII???
    Reason I ask is that, all Infantry in WWII that received a CIB (Combat Infantry Badge) we're also supposed to receive a Bronze Star.
    If he wasn't then, he must have done something pretty damn heroic in the war because they didn't hand those things out easily back then.
     
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    theTupper [OP] White and Nerdy

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    I'm not honestly sure...still don't have any good leads, but that gives me a good place to look. thanks! The whole reason we started investigating was that a Green Beret friend of ours pointed out their rarity then, as well.
     
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    Start here:
    https://awards.navy.mil
     
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    There should be a write-up on the award somewhere.

    Currently, citations are recorded and approved on a DA 638.

    If you have a line on his DD 214 it would most likely be listed there as well.

    Finally, a call to Human Resources Command (for whichever branch he was in) with his Social Sec. # might be a start.

    Good luck!
     
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    I know you can contact the Department of Defense or Department of Veterans' Affairs and obtain family members' service records for geneology purposes pretty easily.
     
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