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Hey Marc, My dad was is WW II. He would not talk much about the War. I have his discharge papers and was wondering if you could help me. He received shrapnel in his hip and shoulder during a battle and was in the hospital for about 6 months. and wasn't sent home until much later.  He received several Metals including a Bronze Star. I was wondering the circumstances of the award. This is the info I have.

His name is: James H Gibson
Organization: 17th Chemical Maintenance Company
Battle and comp[any: Rhileland Go 105 WD 45
Metals: WW II Victory Medal
         American Service Medal
         European African Eastern Service Medal with 1 Bronze Star
         Good Conduct Medal AR 600-68
         Purple Heart Go 35 hq 68th Gen Hosp 4th Dec 44
         WW II Victoy Medal 21 August 1947

I have attached his Disharge Record

You would need the Bronze Star citation that went along with the medal. The document here, what's now known as the DD-214, doesn't have it. It should be in his personnel file. As next of kin, you can get that from the National Archives. Here's the link:

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I can answer most questions dealing with all aspects of U.S. military history. My expertise is the Vietnam War. I also have written extensively about the U.S. Civil War, World War II, World War I, The Philippine War, and the American Revolution. My books include a concise biography of the Marquis de Lafayette, the history of the American Flag, and the post-Jefferson history of Monticello, and therefore know a great deal about those specific subjects. I specialize in writing about matters of strategy--not tactics. And I also am interested in personalities. I have very little knowledge about ordnance or the value of old military memorabilia. Nor do I know a lot about uniforms and insignia--except about the Vietnam War. To repeat: I have no expertise in assessing the value of ordnance or uniforms or any type of military equipment. And my knowledge about military uniforms is only limited to those of the Vietnam War era. If you have questions on these topics, I recommend contacting an antiques dealer in your area who specializes in military uniforms, ordnance, etc.


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