RC, Thank you for this information, it is very much appreciated. We do still have the certificate with the Pershing signature, so my guess is that he never submitted for the meritorious service purple heart (he was not wounded).
Thanks again, D. McNeill
I do not think that the individual had to give up any document to receive any award for Meritorious or Valor. They may have had to send in the document which would have been returned to them. More often than not they had a local American Legion, VFW or other veteran organization certify that the official had seen the original document for the appropriate award to be made. I know that many veterans mailed in their Discharge Document and received their Victory Medal with the appropriate number and type clasps.