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Dear James King,
Thank you for posting your question to History Hub!
The best place to start would be to contact the Navy's Council of Review Boards. More information can be found here: https://www.secnav.navy.mil/mra/CORB/Pages/default.aspx . Normally, inquiries about awards and decorations would be directed to the National Personnel Record Center. However, they only have the power to issue /reissue decorations that were previously awarded. Since you're seeking a new decoration, you'll need to contact the Navy Department Board of Decorations and Medals (NDBDM). Their information can be found in the link above. If you would like to request your father's current awards and decorations, you can do so using the EvetRecs portal here: https://www.archives.gov/veterans/military-service-records .
Under normal circumstances, requesting awards and decorations is a pretty easy task. However, due to the COVID-19 Pandemic, and our limited workforce, we are prioritizing requests from veterans and their families for medical emergencies, final military honors, and other essential benefits. Currently, there is a substantial backlog of routine requests, in addition to the emergency requests awaiting response. While it is still unknown how soon we will able to resume responding to routine requests, the National Personnel Record Center is working hard and taking an aggressive approach to decreasing response times and eliminating the backlog.
While you are able to submit a request through the EvetRecs portal, please understand, that your request will be placed into a queue for non-emergency requests until such time as we are able to process it.
We hope this is helpful. Best of luck with your research!
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and pursuant to guidance received from the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), NARA has adjusted its normal operations to balance the need of completing its mission-critical work while also adhering to the recommended social distancing for the safety of NARA staff. As a result of this re-prioritization of activities, you may experience a delay in receiving an initial acknowledgement as well as a substantive response to your reference request from RRPO (The National Archives at St. Louis). We apologize for this inconvenience and appreciate your understanding and patience.
Eric, thank you very much for the detailed answer. This is exactly what I was hoping for.