2 Replies Latest reply on Sep 9, 2021 9:45 AM by Lisha Penn

    Seeking military records of Antonio Palma

    Anthony f Palma jr Newbie

      Hello, I am looking for information on my father, Antonio F. Palma. He never discussed his military service. We found out when he passed away. He was awarded the Silver Star and Bronze Star. I was told a lot of the records were lost in a fire. His serial number was 31 271 794   He was in the 850th Bombardment Squadron in England from July 31 1943 to August 25 1945. I think he was a tail gunner. Thank you.

        • Re: Seeking military records of Antonio Palma
          Elliot Schneider Ranger



          Here is some information on where your father is buried. https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/105239120/anthony-p-palma


          Name:Antonio F Palma
          Marital status:Single, without dependents (Single)
          Birth Year:1923
          Nativity State or Country:Massachusetts
          Residence:Norfolk, Massachusetts
          Education:1 year of college
          Civil Occupation:Barbers, beauticians, and manicurists
          Enlistment Date:25 Jan 1943
          Enlistment Place:Boston, Massachusetts
          Service Number:31271794
          Branch:Branch Immaterial - Warrant Officers, USA
          Component:Selectees (Enlisted Men)
          Source:Civil Life






          Name:Anthony F Palma
          Death Age:78
          Birth Date:3 Oct 1923
          Service Start Date:1 Feb 1943
          Service End Date:12 Oct 1945
          Death Date:21 Nov 2001
          Interment Date:26 Nov 2001
          Interment Place:Massachusetts, USA
          Cemetery Address:Off Connery Avenue Bourne, MA 02532
          Cemetery:Massachusetts National Cemetery
          Plot:Section 30 Site 384
          Notes:Cpl Us Army Air Forces World War Ii


          I checked the following for silver star and bronze star in both of theses records with last name of Palma the only person matching PALMA was this following individual.




          Record Group 64:

          Records of the National Archives and Records Administration, 1789 - ca. 2007

          Award Cards, 1942 - 1963

          File Unit:
          Air Force Award Cards [Silver Star]: McCracken, Harry - Quitta, James



          Record Group 64:

          Records of the National Archives and Records Administration, 1789 - ca. 2007

          Award Cards, 1942 - 1963

          File Unit:
          Air Force Award Cards: Pace, Eugene - Potucheck, Fay



          The AF has award cards for the Silver Star that are digitized on NARAs webpage when looking through them I did not find a awards card for your father issuing the Silver Star Medal or SSM.


          There were little stars that were attached to the campaign ribbons that is sometimes confused as a silver star those are actually called battle stars or campaign stars signifying how many different campaigns the unit participated in.

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          • Re: Seeking military records of Antonio Palma
            Lisha Penn Pioneer

            Dear Mr. Palma,


            Thank you for posting your request on History Hub!


            According to the Combat Squadrons of the Air Force WWII, the 850th Bombardment Squadron was part of the 490th Bomb Group from 1 Oct 1943 - 7 Nov 1945 in Europe.


            We searched the National Archives Catalog and located a series titled World War II Combat Operations Reports, 1941 - 1946 in the Records of the Army Air Forces ( Record Group 18) that includes 331 file units of the 490th Bomb Group. For more information about these non-digitized records, please contact the National Archives at College Park - Textual Reference (RDT2) via email at archives2reference@nara.gov. We were unable to locate specific records of the 850th Bombardment Squadron.  Records of squadrons usually were incorporated into the files of the group.


            Also, RDT2 has custody of microfilm copies of operational records relating to U.S. Army Air Force units. We searched the Air Force History index to the microfilm and located 18 files pertaining to the 490th Bomb Group & the 850th Bombardment Squadron during WWII. 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 for more information about them.


            We suggest that you request a copy of his Official Military Personnel File (OMPF). OMPFs and individual medical reports for servicemen of the U.S. Army Air Corps during WWII 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.


            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 RDT2. Also, 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.


            Unit histories and supporting documents of many Army Air Force units are in the custody of the Air Force Historical Research Agency, 600 Chennault Circle, Building 1405, Maxwell Air Force Base, AL 36112-6424. Please call (334) 953-5697 or write to that office for further information concerning these records.


            We hope this is helpful. Best of luck with your family research!