Military History/Grandfather's World War 2 Discharge Papers
My grandmother recently sent me a copy of my grandfather's WWII discharge papers since I'm working on our genealogy. He never talked about the war to anyone (his children or grandchildren). All I ever knew was that he had been injured in the leg with shrapnel. I was hoping to receive some help with understanding what some of the abbreviations mean.
1. His organization: Co F 137th Infantry.
2. His military qualification and date: Combat Infantry Badge GO 5 Hq 137th Inf 44
3. His battles and campaigns: Normandy Northern France GO 33 Wd 45
4. His decorations and citations: Purple Heart GO 10 Hq 122d GH 44, European African Middle Eastern Service Medal, Good Conduct Medal, World War II Victory Medal, American Service Medal
Any help would be greatly appreciated.
Thank you for your question. Also, THANK YOU for referring to me as "Mr. Horrell". Good manners NEVER go out of style. I will respond to your questions, by the numbers:
1. Your grandfather was assigned to Company F, 2nd Battalion, 137th Infantry Regiment, Kansas National Guard. The 137th Infantry Regiment was assigned to the 35th Infantry Division, Kansas, Missouri & Nebraska National Guard during WW 2.
2. Your grandfather was awarded a Combat Infantryman Badge; General Order #5; HQ, 137th Infantry Regiment in 1944.
3. Your grandfather participated in the
Normandy June 6-July 24, 1944
Northern France July 25-September 14, 1944
Campaigns & was cited as such by General Order #33, War Department, 1945
4. Your grandfather was awarded his Purple Heart Medal while a patient at the 122nd General Hospital; General Order #10, in 1944. He was allowed to wear an European, African, Middle Eastern Service Medal/Ribbon with two Bronze Campaign Stars upon it, along with a Good Conduct Medal/Ribbon, WW 2 Victory Medal/Ribbon and either an American Defense Medal/Ribbon (pre-December 7, 1941) &/or American Campaign Medal/Ribbon (post December 7, 1941). Maybe both!
Back to Question #2. The National Defense Act of September 1947 (yes, TWO years AFTER WW 2 ended) retro-actively awarded to those who were awarded a Combat Infantryman Badge a Bronze Star Medal for Valor. So, your grandfather has one more medal due him for defending our republic!
Please refer to Box #36 on page two of your grandfather's Discharge Documents. If the first set of dates, horizontally, are May 12, 1944 & May 23, 1944, then your grandfather went overseas on the USAT Thomas H. Barry, from the New York Port of Embarkation to Liverpool, England.
You are welcome to photocopy your grandfather's Discharge Documents, then send the photocopies to me via First Class USPS. It would be my pleasure to share with you all the FACTS I glean from the documents. Please include your e-mail address for ease of response.
Good Luck with your quest.
Richard V. Horrell
WW 2 Connections
211 Union St. #611
Nashville TN 37201-1502