3 Replies Latest reply on Nov 22, 2021 1:57 PM by Jason Atkinson Branched from an earlier discussion.

    Seeking Purple Heart citation for Luther Smith

    Mable Fasanya Newbie

      Luther C Smith 12/05/1915 New Orleans Purple Heart metal

        • Re: Seeking Purple Heart citation for Luther Smith
          Elliot Schneider Ranger



          Please see where he is buried, and the unit he was with during WW2 you may find the General Orders of the 24th Infantry. https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/200120982/luther-c-smith



          Name:Luther C Smith
          Race:Negro (Black)
          Rank:Enlisted Man
          Admission Age:29
          Birth Date:abt 1915
          Admission Date:Oct 1944
          Discharge Date:Nov 1944
          Military Branch:Infantry, General or Unspecified
          Diagnosis:FirstLocation: Hand, generally; CausativeAgent: Assualt or Fighting (unarmed)
          Type of Injury:Injury, non-battle
          Medical Treatment:Debridement with primary suture (suture, and debridement)
          Injured in Line of Duty:not in line of duty, other
          Type of Discharge:Duty
          Length of service:3 Year(s), 7 Month(s)
          Service Number:34028465


          Name:Luther C Smith
          Rank:Enlisted Man (includes Aviation Cadet or Student)
          Admission Age:29
          Birth Date:abt 1916
          Admission Date:Feb 1945
          Discharge Date:Sep 1945
          Discharge Place:General Hospital
          Military Branch:Infantry, General or Unspecified
          Military Unit:0
          Diagnosis:Diagnosis: Cicatrix; Location: Hand, generally; Diagnosis: [withheld by NARA]; Diagnosis: Tenosynovitis, other (non-tuberculous)
          Type of Injury:InjuryType: Disease; InjuryType2: Not a traumatism
          Type of Discharge:Duty (includes AWOL)
          Length of service:3-5 yr.
          Service Number:34028465



          Name:Luther C Smith Jr
          Race:Negro (Black)
          Marital status:Single, with dependents (Single)
          Birth Year:1915
          Education:Grammar school
          Civil Occupation:Semiskilled chauffeurs and drivers, bus, taxi, truck, and tractor
          Enlistment Date:12 Mar 1941
          Enlistment Place:Jacksonville Army Air Field, Florida
          Service Number:34028465
          Branch:Branch Immaterial - Warrant Officers, USA
          Component:Selectees (Enlisted Men)
          Source:Civil Life




          Name:Luther C Smith
          Birth Date:3 Dec 1915
          Death Date:2 May 1969
          Enlistment Branch:ARMY
          Enlistment Date:12 Mar 1941
          Discharge Date:19 Sep 1945
          • Re: Seeking Purple Heart citation for Luther Smith
            Lisa Sharik Scout


            There is no citation description for a Purple Heart, the medal just recognizes those who were injured in combat, or combat areas. The information provided by Elliot shows that Luther Smith was wounded in the hand in October 1944 and that scarring from the wound and inflammation sent him back to the hospital in February 1945.


            He would have received a certificate which looked like this one:Purple Heart Certificate


            Lisa Sharik

            Deputy Director

            Texas Military Forces Museum

            • Re: Seeking Purple Heart citation for Luther Smith
              Jason Atkinson Guide

              Dear Ms. Fasanya,

              Thank you for posting your request on History Hub!


              We suggest that you request a copy of his Official Military Personnel File (OMPF). If the OMPF has survived the  1973 fire, it may include information about injuries. It also may include a listing of his medals which cites the general order(s) authorizing a particular medal(s). It may include a copy of the general order. OMPFs and individual medical reports for soldiers of the U.S. Army who served during World War II and who were separated from the service 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.


              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.


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