I'm trying to find out my Grandfather Thomas Joseph Warfel's service record and 55 combat jumps in the 10th Airborne during WW2

I would like to know more about my Grandfather Thomas Joseph Warfel. I know he was in 112th Field artillery/ cavalry. For 11 months and the entire WW2 in the 10 th Airborne. He had at least made the rank of Sargent but after the war made him a private. I know he had 55 combat jumps. He was one of 3 brothers serving and 1 brother-in-law all of which were Liberators. I am putting a tribute together for him and would like to know if he received any medals or honors. He sadly passed away on veterans day. Thanks for any information.

  • In WWII there were less than 10 military unit combat jumps.  The big jumps were Normandy, Market Garden, Rhineland and of course, Corridgiror in the pacific. No one in the publicly known history of the US military has 55 combat jump, The reason I phrase it like that )known history of the US military) is some OSS agents made several jumps during the course of WWII but again, no one has ever recorded 55 combat jumps   I think you are just reading what ever records you have incorrectly.  It is more likely he has 55 jumps some of which may be combat jumps.  Serving in WWII would qualify him for the WWII Victory medal and what =ever campaign medals for the areas he served in during his time in service. He also probably qualified for a good conduct medal.  Any vet will tell you the good conduct medal just meant you served long enough for a complete hitch and  never got caught doing anything bad enough to prevent you from qualifying for one.  Individual medals for heroism were surprisingly rare.  Rare enough that after the war a decision was made to award any soldier who served as an infantryman or as a medic in a line company, a bronze star.  This decision was reached because many in the infantry were never recognized regardless of what they experienced or did.  In the Army Air Corps it was slightly easier to be recognized as some medals were granted on the basis of the number of missions flown.  Also individual acts of heroism were more likely witnessed because crew assignments allowed for everyone on a mission to know who was in the plane and what they did.

  • Thank you for your help. It was a total of 55 jumps through his training and combat. He was in the battle of the bulge, crossing the Rhine, Weitzel Germany as well as a Liberator. He is listed in a local newspaper article as a Sargent that met up with his 2 brothers and brother-in-law, all of which Liberators. I would like to know why he was involved in that many jumps. Most of his life his body was riddled with pain from an early back surgery in '49


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