Military History/my father's World War 2 medals
Dear Mr. Horrell,
I contacted you a few years ago (8/2013) about my dad's separation papers. You were a big help to me then and now I am back searching again.
My dad, Otto W. Mjelde (Willy) was in the 725th Field Artillery Battalion and the 649th Engineer Topographic Battalion (Army).I have a yearbook for the 649th with him in a photo, is there anywhere else to get photo's of his units?
I am also trying to get duplicates of any medals he received. Would I be correct in saying he earned:
Good Conduct Medal
American Defense Service Medal
European African Middle Eastern Theater Campaign Ribbon with
Bronze Service Arrowhead
World War 2 Victory Medal
Army of Occupation Medal - Germany
649th Engr Bn TOPO
Is there some way to purchase these medals? Any information you can provide is greatly appreciated.
Thank you for your question. Also, THANK YOU for referring to me as "Mr. Horrell". Good manners NEVER go out-of-style.
In your question you typed "is there anywhere else to get photo's of his units?" May I suggest that you contact:
US Army Heritage & Education Center
950 Soldiers Drive
Carlisle PA 17013
When you make your request, be sure to state that if that facility cannot assist you, have they a suggestion of other facilities that may be able to assist you.
In your question you typed "I am also trying to get duplicates of any medals he received." Please note Box #33 on page two of your father's Discharge Documents (WD AGO Form 53-55). Those would be the medals that he was authorized to wear. Please note Box #56 on the document, your father signed the document, confirming the FACTS typed within are accurate.
In your question you typed "Is there some way to purchase these medals?" Yes, but there is a way to obtain copies free! Contact the UNITED STATES Congressperson that represents you in Washington, DC. Explain to their aid what you are trying to obtain, as you have explain your quest to me. The aid will direct you to visit the Congressperson's office in their district, near where you live. Visit said office, with a photocopy of your father's Discharge Documents (WD AGO Form 53-55) that you can leave at the office. The photocopy will be their proof that your father was a Veteran, as well as indicated the medals he was authorized to receive.
This is an EXCELLENT time to obtain copies of your father's medals, since it is an election year. ALL elected officials appreciate the Veteran Vote, so this will be an opportunity to have in the local media that your UNITED STATES Congressperson IS Veteran-friendly.
Good Luck with your quest.
Richard V. Horrell
WW 2 Connections
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Apt E 26
Nashville TN 37215-2837