4 Replies Latest reply on Jun 28, 2021 3:01 PM by Charles Miller

    Seeking citation for father's silver star

    Phyllis Hanna Newbie

      My father was in WWII and his discharge papers said he was awarded the silver star.  Can I find out why he received it?

        • Re: Seeking citation for father's silver star
          Elliot Schneider Ranger



          Please provide some additional information on your father. Name, DOB, place of birth. This will help others seeking to help you.

            • Re: Seeking citation for father's silver star
              Phyllis Hanna Newbie

              My father's name is Clarence H Gardner Jr, his DOB is 23 April 1922 and he was born in Philadelphia, PA.  On his discharge it says the Silver Star GO 43 Camp Upton.

                • Re: Seeking citation for father's silver star
                  Elliot Schneider Ranger



                  Here is some information below. From VA BIRLS Records You will need to request a copy of that General Order# 43 He was issued the Silver Star from that Camp Upton HQ Hospital were he was convalescent from his wounds and injury. From the following records.


                  Record Group 112:

                  Records of the Office of the Surgeon General (Army), 1775 - 1994

                  Unit Annual Reports, 1940 - 1949

                  File Unit:
                  Convalescent Hospital, Camp Upton, NY


                  Name:Clarence H Gardner
                  Birth Date:23 Apr 1922
                  Death Date:18 Apr 1986
                  Enlistment Branch:ARMY
                  Enlistment Date:15 Oct 1942
                  Discharge Date:7 Jul 1945




                  Name:Clarence H Gardner Jr
                  Marital status:Single, without dependents (Single)
                  Birth Year:1922
                  Nativity State or Country:Pennsylvania
                  Education:4 years of high school
                  Civil Occupation:Tinsmiths, coppersmiths, and sheet metal workers
                  Enlistment Date:15 Oct 1942
                  Enlistment Place:Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
                  Service Number:13126022
                  Branch:Branch Immaterial - Warrant Officers, USA
                  Component:Army of the United States - includes the following: Voluntary enlistments effective December 8, 1941 and thereafter; One year enlistments of National Guardsman whose State enlistment expires while in the Federal Service; Officers appointed in the Army of
                  Source:Civil Life
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              • Re: Seeking citation for father's silver star
                Charles Miller Adventurer

                Dear Phyllis Hanna,


                Thank you for posting your request on History Hub!


                We suggest that you request a copy of his 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. 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.


                Regarding his Silver Star Medal, you can contact the National Archives at College Park, MD at Archives2.reference@nara.gov or inquire@nara.gov .


                Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, NPRC will continue servicing requests ONLY associated with medical treatments, burials, homeless veterans seeking admittance to a homeless shelter, and those involving the VA Home Loan program. If your request is urgent, please see Emergency Requests and Deadlines. Please refrain from submitting non-emergency requests such as replacement medals, administrative corrections, or records research until NPRC returns to pre-COVID staffing levels.  Please check archives.gov/veterans for updates to the NPRC operating hours and status.


                We apologize for this inconvenience and appreciate your understanding and patience.