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  1. Dave, thanks. NARA is closed (probably until next year) and the only things I have are his discharge (only lists EAME w/three campaigns and Distinguished Unit Badge) and his Ike jacket that has a GCM, EAME, and Asiatic Pacific (likely added by a confused family member) ribbons, a glider badge, a CIB, infantry brass and blue piped overseas cap. (SSI are 101st on the left, Allied Airborne on the right). The discharge lists him as a "postal clerk" assigned to the 101st Signal Company, so no idea if any of the infantry stuff is accurate - maybe he was infantry before going to the Signal Company
  2. All - thanks very much for the various advice and perspectives. I have no original medals, so am just sourcing what they earned as documented as well as not documented. In a few cases the records omit medals they seem to have been qualified for and in others the records are unavailable. I would never assume the award of decorations, just campaign and service medals. The relative who served in the 101st Airborne has infantry brass and a CIB (as well as glider wings) on his Ike jacket, so maybe qualified for a Bronze Star, so that’s the only decoration I’m considering, but will likely omit t
  3. I am creating a display of the medals of family members who have served. My dilemma is that their records (when available) omit medals I think they earned. Should I include medals that are not documented in their official paperwork? Example 1. Served in the 101st Airborne throughout the War. Departed the ETO 15 Sep 1945. His Separation papers only show the EAME and Distinguished Unit Badge. His uniform has a ribbon for the Good Conduct Medal and the EAME. So the GCM is not documented and I know he was eligible for the WWII Victory Medal and believe he q
  4. I don’t think that’s likely as he departed for the ETO less than three months after entering active duty.
  5. From Kadet's link - the pin back is an exact match. "Both of these Combat Infantryman Badges were manufactured in England during WWII. Both are covered in my book "Combat Infantryman Badge 1943-1975"." So based on all this great feedback, now my concern is that he was SC (signal corps) on his discharge form, he was a glider rider - and a good part of the 101st Signal Company went into Normandy by glider. BUT, the jacket has an infantry branch disc and a CIB. I know when I served in the Cav, we made every Soldier wear Cav brass - medics, mechanics, commo guys, etc. Was that a pr
  6. Thanks very much for the great feedback. I plan to get his full service record once NARA reopens. The discharge shows 10 Apr 42 as his entry onto active duty, arrival in ETO of 14 Jul 42, and departure to US on 7 Sep 45. Continental service was 2 mos, 27 days; Foreign service was 3 yrs, 2 mos, 16 days. The Asiatic ribbon is clearly something the family put on there (that was his daughter's reaction). He had a brother in the USAAF who may have served in the Pacific - no one has papers or info, so that's my next project. Criteria for the Occupation Medal began on 9 May '45, serv
  7. His discharge papers: - list his grade at discharge as T/5. Rank on jacket is Corporal. - Organization says 101 Airborne Signal Co. Branch on the (screw back) collar disc is infantry and he had described to me many actions that sure had me convinced he was Infantry. Could this have been his unit throughout or maybe he was assigned to it at the end of the War? - Only has the EAME and DUC listed. (Noted Ardennes, Central Europe, Rhineland) No mention of any other awards on that document (the only one my cousin had). Seems he would have also had the WWII
  8. He did not serve in the Pacific - we think someone in the family put that ribbon on here. The EAME has three bronze and one silver star. I suspect he rated an arrowhead for Normandy and maybe he added the silver star instead? Gorgeous CIB. Unfortunately it is barely hanging on - one pin is gone except for very small remains - it looks as if the badge was glued on where the left pin was missing.
  9. I just got this from my cousin - her father's jacket. It has been in an American Legion post museum for several years and she graciously got it back and sent it to me
  10. He was in the 101st Signal Company. That Company had Message Center, Radio, Wire, and Carrier Pigeon sections. Some jumped and some were glider borne. I don’t have too much more information - his discharge only lists an EAME medal and no others so I need to get his whole file if it exists. His uniform jacket was donated or loaned to a VFW and his daughter said she’d ask them to return it to the family - we’ll see how that turns out. At the least (if its still there) she will take photos of it for me.
  11. I understand, but to me it screams neglect more than history. It looks like she stored it in a damp dirty place and no one took care of it. It's not as if this were dug up or looked like this when he wore it - it became this way through neglect. This condition seems to suggest it will continue to decay over time if left uncleaned.
  12. This is a family member's dog tag (101st Airborne WWII) just given to me last week. Blackened, green oxidation, etc. Tag and ball chain are in pretty bad shape and I don't want to damage them when cleaning or restoring. Any advice would be appreciated.
  13. Unless it is something of historic significance it will end up in storage.
  14. Like 32sbct says, could have been another jump (Grenada, Panama) not necessarily with the 173d. Lots of guys have multiple combat patches to choose from and a lot choose to double patch for their current unit. He might have done this earlier in his career as an infantryman (basic wings and a CIB) then went on to a different MOS where jumpmaster wasnt a thing.
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