Military History/Military qualifications on Discharge papers
QUESTION: I have recently come to possess several items that were my father's. I came across his WWII paperwork (WD AGO Form 53_55, Form 100 and DD 256 A) and am trying to run down a few things. One is his Military Qualifications. Box 31 lists:
Mkm M1 Rifle S Carbine 2nd Cl Gnr SMG
What I can tell is a Marksman with M1 Rifle, and a 2nd Class Gunner on sub machine gun? Not sure on the S Carbine. ANy ideas?
You are correct in your observation. As to S Carbine it means satisfactory with the M-1 Carbine. Meaning he passed his basic training using the M-1 Carbine. One of my favorite small arms from the 2nd World War.
Check out the link for a history of the M-1 Carbine.
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QUESTION: Great. Thank you.
As a follow up to that, what is the difference in medals between the Marksman and the 2nd class gunner? What I am finding on the Internet is they look to be the same. I am replacing my fathers medals and would like to have these 2 also in the shadowbox.
From my research a Marksman would have a medal that looks like an Iron cross with a tag under it saying Rifle, sub machine gun, carbine and etc. Depending of which weapon the soldier was listed as an expert in.
I have included some links that should help.