7 Replies Latest reply on Dec 8, 2021 10:01 PM by Theresa Vennie

    Seeking citations for my grandfather's Silver Star and Purple Heart

    Mike Kean Wayfarer

      I have my grandfather's Silver Star and Purple Heart. I am trying to find information about how he received them, but I believe his records were likely destroyed in the archive fire.

        • Re: Seeking citations for my grandfather's Silver Star and Purple Heart
          J. Andrew Tracker

          There may be surviving records that can help you, however without knowing more information, it is difficult to make suggestions.

          Could you please provide additional information such as his name, branch of service, when he served, and (if you know) what unit or units he was in when he was awarded these medals?

            • Re: Seeking citations for my grandfather's Silver Star and Purple Heart
              Mike Kean Wayfarer

              Yes, the information is as follows:

              Albert Meyer

              US Army

              342nd infantry, 86th infantry division

              Company M

              December 1942 - some time in 1946

              I don't know when he was awarded the medals.

                • Re: Seeking citations for my grandfather's Silver Star and Purple Heart
                  Elliot Schneider Ranger



                  Can you provide additional information on your grandfather such as DOB, place of birth this would be helpful.


                  The records that you seek are at College Park, MA and you will need to search for the record in the General Orders (GO) for the 86th Division. These order were typically issued at the HQ level and are also usually denoted on a service members Discharge papers something like this ( SS medal GO# 123 HQ 86th DIV 1944). This would be an example of what you would find on his papers. Next question do you have a copy of his records?

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                  • Re: Seeking citations for my grandfather's Silver Star and Purple Heart
                    Jason Atkinson Guide

                    Dear Mr. Kean,

                    Thank you for posting your request on History Hub!


                    We searched the National Archives Catalog and located the World War II Operations Reports, 1940-1948 in the Records of the Adjutant General's Office, 1917 - 1985 (Record Group 407) that includes general orders of the 86th Infantry Division and the 342nd Infantry Regiment during WWII which may include information about your grandfather’s Silver Star and Purple Heart.  Please note that general orders for Purple Hearts are typically just a list of soldiers that were awarded one, without any additional information about the nature of their injuries or the circumstances under which they were awarded. General orders for Silver Stars sometimes provide further information, however they do not always have a description of the circumstances that led to a soldier receiving the award. 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.


                    Additionally, we suggest that you request a copy of his Official Military Personnel File (OMPF). OMPFs and individual medical reports for soldiers of the U.S. Army 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 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.


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


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                • Re: Seeking citations for my grandfather's Silver Star and Purple Heart
                  Theresa Vennie Scout

                  Hello Mike:


                  Did your grandfather have a middle initial possibly "J"? Would you happen to know is father's name?