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1st. Lt W.A.C. Alice I. Moomaw

served from September, 1943 until February, 1946

Separated in Des Moines, Iowa

under decorations and citations she was awarded:

A P Campaign Medal with 2 Bronze Service Stars, WW11 Victory Medal, American Campaign Medal, 2 Overseas Service Bars.

Under Battles and Campaigns: New Guinea WDGO 105-45 and the Philippines WDGO 105-45

Alice passed way recently. I am the American Legion service officer for her post here in Mexico. Her son would like me to find out how she eared the 2 bronze star medals. He is writing a story about his mothers time in the military during WWII and wants this information so he can include it.

Question why was she awarded these 2 bronze star medals? Or how do I find out?

Thank you,

It appears she received the Asiatic-Pacific Medal for serving in that theater of war. The 2 Bronze Stars are service stars (not with the V device for Valor), and were awarded for individual campaigns she took part in in the Pacific. In other words, for service during those campaigns, not for anything special she did other than serve then.

Here's the explanation in the Federal Code:

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