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Hi Nancy, if you have your father's separation papers, it might list the general order numbers and dates for the Purple Heart awards. The general order should include where (and date) your father was when he was wounded. The NARA Army Enlistment database lists a Dwight L. Gentry, born 1919 in North Carolina, with an enlistment date of Dec 1941 and army serial number (ASN) 34175376. Do you know if your father was in the 82nd Airborne?
You could also try requesting his military records (using his ASN) from the Archives when they reopen. However, most of these records were destroyed in a fire in 1973. If you know his unit, Morning Reports should give you information on the specific dates and where his unit was when he was wounded. Also if he was hospitalized and when he returned to his unit. These are at the St. Louis Archives. Hope this is of some help. joan
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Dear Ms. Glenn,
Thank you for posting your request on History Hub!
We searched the Access to Archival Databases (AAD) and located the World War II Army Enlistment Records database that includes one file pertaining to Gentry, Dwight L., which Ms. Stachnik mentioned above. You may use the information in this file when requesting a copy of your father’s Official Military Personnel File (OMPF).
If you have not done so already, we suggest that you request a copy of your father’s Official Military Personnel File (OMPF). OMPFs and individual medical reports for enlisted men of the U.S. Army who were separated from the service after October 1912 and before 1959 are in the custody of NARA's National Personnel Records Center (NPRC) 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. Veterans and their next of kin also may use eVetRecs to request records. See eVetRecs Help for instructions. For more information see Official Military Personnel Files (OMPF), Archival Records Requests.
Morning reports for Army units from November 1, 1912 to 1959 are in the custody of the National Archives at St. Louis (RL-SL). For more information about these records, please contact RL-SL via email at email@example.com.
As Ms. Stachnik noted, general orders and other records for your father’s unit may also contain some relevant information. You may contact the National Archives at College Park - Textual Reference (RDT2) at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information about these records.
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Here is some additional information. Also a picture of his wife Your father was with the Company I 398th INF Regiment of the 100th Division.
Alice Louise McGirt Gentry, 91, of DeLand, Fl passed away Saturday, January 8, 2011 in DeLand, FL. Alice was born in Hamlet, NC on March 14, 1919 and moved to this area 25 years ago from Greensboro, NC. She served in the US Army during WW II as a 1st Lieutenant, nurse anesthetist. After her service to our country she married and was a devoted wife, mother, and homemaker. Alice was very active in community organizations throughout her life. She enjoyed gardening, traveling, cooking, art, theater, golf, playing bridge, and loved spending time with friends and family. Alice is survived by her loving husband of 65 years, Dwight Gentry; son Dwight Gentry Jr. of Myrtle Beach, SC; daughter, Nancy Glenn of Gaithersburg, MD; brothers, Burnell McGirt and Jake McGirt both of Laurinburg, NC; 3 grandchildren, Laurin Gentry Titus, Catherine McGirt Gentry, and Jennifer Louise Woodard Small; and 5 great-grandchildren, Mac, Charlie, Madelyn, Aubrey, and Will.
DWIGHT L. GENTRY, SR. (Age 93) Died Tuesday, March 5, 2013 in Conway, SC. Dr. Gentry was born November 16, 1919, on the family farm in Roxboro, NC. He graduated from Elon College, and then joined the U.S. Army to serve in World War II. He attained the rank of Captain, and as an infantry platoon leader and company commander, earned a Silver Star, four Bronze Stars, and four Purple Hearts. Most recently, Dr. Gentry was awarded France's Legion of Honor, which is the highest decoration awarded by the people of France. Upon returning from the war, Gentry went on to earn an MBA from Northwestern University and a PhD from the University of Illinois. He was a professor at the University of Miami, University of Illinois, Wake Forest University, the University of Maryland and the University of North Carolina-Greensboro. He also served as Associate Dean at the University of Maryland and as Director of the Graduate School of Business at UNC-Greensboro. He authored three books and numerous articles. Dr. Gentry met Alice McGirt, an Army nurse, when he was hospitalized for serious wounds received on the battlefield. They were married for over 65 years prior to her death in 2011. Dr. Gentry is survived by his son, Dwight L. Gentry, Jr. of Myrtle Beach, SC; his daughter, Nancy Gentry Glenn of Ashburn, VA; brothers, Robert and Kelly; sister Libby; his grandchildren, Laurin Gentry Titus, Catherine McGirt Gentry and Jennifer Woodard Small; and five great-grandchildren, Charlie, Mac, Madelyn, Aubrey, and Will. Memorial services will be held at a later date.
Name: Dwight L Gentry Race: White Marital status: Single, without dependents (Single) Rank: Private Birth Year: 1919 Nativity State or Country: North Carolina Citizenship: Citizen Residence: Person, North Carolina Education: 4 years of college Civil Occupation: Clerks, general office Enlistment Date: 1 Dec 1941 Enlistment Place: Fort Bragg, North Carolina Service Number: 34175376 Branch: Branch Immaterial - Warrant Officers, USA Component: Selectees (Enlisted Men) Source: Civil Life Height: 69 Weight: 133