2 Replies Latest reply on Jun 17, 2021 3:05 PM by Vincent Turpin

    Seeking award citations for George Carradino & George Stillwell


      With NARA being limited due to Covid, what's the best way to discover information about veterans WW2 units? Records on medals, etc?  Been doing a family military history book and have over 40+ names ranging from Civil War - Present Day. I recently came across newspaper articles of two ancestors who received purple hearts during WWII and one also receiving the Bronze Star. I have some limited information about them: draft registrations, veterans death files, branch of service.


      PVT George J Carradino - possibly in Company F, 143rd Infantry, 36th Division

      Multiple articles state that he was wounded twice in the Invasion of Salerno, had been a German prisoner but escaped. Also mentions that he was apart of a "commando unit" - does not state which one. Found the unit above via google search. Articles also state that he was to receive the silver star but his obituary states that he received the bronze star. Unknown to family the circumstances.


      PFC George E Stillwell - no unit known

      Branch of service: Army

      One newspaper article states he was an infantryman and was wounded around August 28 on the Normandy beachhead and was recuperating in a hospital in England. He did receive the purple heart but no further details known.


      Any sources available for purple hearts or bronze stars? The sources I've found seem to be very incomplete as I have two other ancestors with purple hearts (I know the circumstances of how they received their wounds) but they aren't included in those sources as well. Any help will be appreciated.

        • Re: Seeking award citations for George Carradino & George Stillwell
          Lisa Sharik Scout

          Mr. Vecchio:

          The file card we have for George J Carradino shows he was on the books of Company F, 143rd Infantry Regiment from April 1942 to October 25, 1944, georgejcarradino (frb.io)  The 36th was in reserve during October 1943, so he was carried on their books after his capture which would have been in September 1943.

          The After Action Reports for the 143rd can be found on our website: 143rd-aar-to-September-1944.pdf (secureservercdn.net) This one goes through September 1944 but you only need to look at the first month September 1943. You are looking for mention of Company F, or 2nd Bn.  He was not part of a "commando" unit as we think of them today. The 36th had Ranger training in 1943 when they were stationed at Camp Edwards, Mass. The 1st Bn,143rd was attached to a Task Force which included British commando and Darby's Rangers, but Company F as not part of this force.

          This well known painting called "Tip of the Avalanche" is of the 143rd coming ashore at Salerno: Tip of the Avalance

          143rd at Salerno

          It is based on this Signal Corps photograph of the 143rd coming ashore.


          We do not have a records of his medals or citations here at the museum. Let me know if you have any other questions.


          Lisa Sharik

          Deputy Director

          Texas Military Forces Museum

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          • Re: Seeking award citations for George Carradino & George Stillwell
            Vincent Turpin Wayfarer

            Dear Mr. Vecchio,


            Thank you for posting your request on History Hub!


            There is no single source that lists all recipients of the Bronze Star Medal (BSM).  There are some websites such as the Hall of Valor Project that list some recipients, however these are not in any way comprehensive.


            We suggest that you request a copy of Mr. Carradino and Mr. Stilwell’s Official Military Personnel File (OMPF), which should include information about any awards. OMPFs and individual medical reports for enlisted men of the U.S. You would also be able to locate Mr. Stillwell’s unit. Army who were separated from the service after October 1912 and prior to 1959 are in the custody of NARA's National Personnel Records Center in St. Louis. In many cases where personnel records were destroyed in the 1973 fire, proof of service can be provided from other records such as morning reports, payrolls, and military orders, and a certificate of military service will be issued. Please complete a GSA Standard Form 180 and mail it to NARA's National Personnel Records Center, (Military Personnel Records), 1 Archives Drive, St. Louis, MO  63138-1002. If there is any information requested by the form that you do not know, you may omit it or provide estimates (such as for dates), but the more information you provide, the easier it will be to locate the correct file if it survived the fire. For more information see Official Military Personnel Files (OMPF), Archival Records Requests.


            Next, we located the World War II Operations Reports, 1940-1948 in the Records of the Adjutant General's Office, 1917-1985 (Record Group 407) that may include general orders of the 143rd Infantry Regiment, 36th Infantry Division. For more information about these records, please contact the National Archives at College Park - Textual Reference (RDT2) via email at archives2reference@nara.gov.


            We hope this information is helpful, and best of luck with your research!


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