90th company k infantry ww11? Any info on these men?

My gf was in the 359th infantry division, company K and he seen actual combat in WW11 and I’m sure he then went into the 90th division in June 1944 or possibly March of 1944, he was in the European Theater and Rhineland, and others as well. I’m trying to figure out how to determine exactly his role and did he get put into another platoon? I’m at dead end 

  • I havent requested this record nor did I know it was something I could request. 

    however I did get a letter from the national archives with the medal awards notification.. the letter also says that there is photocopies included with some of the documents I had requested but those weren’t included in the letter. I am so sad but so thankful.. 

    medals will come from US Army Tacom in Philly 

    awards included 

    Bronze star metal

    army commendation medal 

    good conduct medal 

    European-African middle eastern campaign medal with WW11 victory medal

    combat infantryman badge 1st award 

    honorable service lapel button WW11 

    **( on his separate paper I have it says European-African middle eastern service medal with two bronze stars and army of occupation medal ) 

    is there a difference in the two bronze stars vs not? Is the commendation medal same as the army of occupation medal?) 

    I did email the national archives about the enclosed documents missing  I hope to get those  

    but I’m confused about the medals  



  • I will request this. I didn’t know this was a record thank you 

  • OK, let's run through these medals.

    The European-African-Middle Eastern Medal is a campaign medal. It is awarded for "being there." There was a different medal for being in the Pacific, and a third one for being in the Americas (North, Central, or South). 

    To show the different battles, or campaigns, a soldier participated in, small bronze stars were worn on the ribbon of those medals. They are referred to as campaign stars.

    The Bronze Star Medal--always referred to officially that way, but always called the Bronze Star--is an individual award for valor or service in combat.

    It causes lots of confusion for people, because tehy see "three bronze stars" and think "three Bronze Star Medals."

    But they're not the same.

    In your father's case, his Bronze Star Medal is probably a "blanket" award. Following World War II, the Army decided that anyone who had been awarded the Combat Infantryman Badge or the Combat Medical Badge would automatically be awarded the Bronze Star Medal. No proof of anything, other than the fact of the award of one of those two badges, was required.

    The World War II Victory Medal was awarded to everyone who served during World War II.

    The Army of Occupation Medal was awarded to troops who were on occupation duty after the war for a specified minimum period of time. Interestingly, it was awarded for service in Berlin until the wall fell in 1991.

    The Army Commendation Medal (it was only a ribbon in World War II) was an individual award for service which ranked below the Bronze Star Medal. You had to do something to make yourself stand out, but not so much as you'd qualify for a Bronze Star Medal.

  • Hi AmyR, did you get adequate info from the archives in St Louis? Every time I tried, I got the standard e-mail, about the fire in 1973 that destroyed most of the records. It’s been very hard finding any info…….

    My Grandfather was in the 359th, Company E. I found out he was on his way to Utah Beach when the craft he was in was sunk. All the members did survive that, and I have found no further info about where he ended up on D-Day, because of the sinking, and being picked up by another craft. He was KIA in Belgium during the Battle of The Buldge (Ardennes Offensive). I do have his Purple Heart and all the War Dept paperwork that was sent to my Grandmother in 1945. I even put up a request on the 359th info page, but no one ever responded. 

    just curious how much info you were able to obtain. 

  • The 90th ID was made up of three Regiments 357th, 358th, & 359th. Regiments like Brigades, then Three BN's and 3-4 Companies, A, B, C, D.... Then 3-4 Platoons. Heavy Weapons etc. Go to the US Army Military Personnel Site and Complete the Form to receive his DD 214. That form gives you everything he did in the US Army 

  • I’m almost certain I already have this form. I’ll look back to see but I already had it. And all of his paperwork. 

  • You want believe this. It’s been in plain site hiding. lol. I have a book that was sent to my grandmother about my gf while serving. On the brown leather like front it has the 90th on it. I think this may be about to trace his entire unit.