Military History/WW 2 Grandfather Decoration & Citations
Sir, my wife's grandfather is Zola R. Moore. He was honorably discharged out of the Army 22 Aug 45. He was in Motor Transportation. Block 32, Battles and Campaigns, states the following: GO33WD45, Normandy, Northern France, Rhineland, Ardennes, Central Europe. Block 33, Decorations and Citations, has only one entry for Good Conduct Medal. He suffered no wounds in action. My question is, would he have been awarded any other medals after his discharge? Seems like a soldier involved in all those battles and campaigns, even if a mechanic with motor transport would have other medals or decorations. Is it likely his records are not accurate? If so, how would I find out?
Dear Mr. Smith,
Thank you for your question. In it you typed "would he have been awarded any other medals after his discharge?" After his discharge, no. Just prior to his discharge, possibly. Without all the FACTS typed on page two of your "wife's grandfather" Discharge Document (WD AGO Form 53-55) I can only provide you with an OPINION, something AllExperts does not feel is very expert.
An American Campaign Medal for service within the USA prior to your "wife's grandfather" going overseas, but after December 7, 1941 An American Defense Medal, IF [IF] your "wife's grandfather" served in the US Army prior to December 7, 1941. A European-African-Middle Eastern Campaign Medal for service in the E.T.O. (European Theater of Operation). A World War Two Victory Medal, for service in the US Military, 1941-46.
In your question you typed "or decorations." Your question to this point has been about "medals" now you have added in "decorations". Your "wife's grandfather" unit may have been awarded a Presidential Unit Citation, a Meritorious Unit Commendation, or an award/decoration from a Foreign Nation. However, without ALL THE FACTS typed on page two of your "wife's grandfather" Discharge Document (WD AGO Form 53-55) I am unable to provide you with FACTS as per "decorations."
In your question you typed "Is it likely his records are not accurate?" No, not likely at all! Please note Box #56 on page two of your "wife's grandfather" Discharge Document (WD AGO Form 53-55). Your "wife's grandfather" signed the document, indicating the content was accurate. I could never imagine your "wife's grandfather" signed such an important document when there were errors.
Good Luck with your quest.
Richard V. Horrell
WW 2 Connections