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Dear Mr. Hurd,
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We searched the National Archives Catalog and located the Award Cards, 1942 - 1963 for the U.S. Army Air Force that includes a card for Lester M. Hurd in the files titled Air Force Award Cards [Air Medal]: Hunter, James F - Hyland, Vincent (see image 240) and Air Force Award Cards [Distinguished Flying Cross]: Hudspeth, C. - Imand, Frank (see image 711). These records are digitized and available using the Catalog.
The National Archives at College Park - Textual Reference (RDT2) has custody of microfilm copies of operational records relating to U.S. Army Air Force/U.S. Air Force units. We searched the Air Force History index to the microfilm and located 5 files of general orders for 1944 & 1945 of the 10th Army Air Force. We also located 17 files pertaining to the 12th Combat Cargo Squadron during 1944 - 1945. Please read the brief Abstract to determine which records you are interested in and click on the specific PDF icon. In the PDF listing, the IRISREF is the microfilm reel number and note the FRAME and FRAMELST numbers for the location on the reel. Since the reel numbers begin with A or B, please contact RDT2 via email at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information about them. Also include the general order (GO) numbers and dates from the cards.
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