8 Replies Latest reply on Apr 12, 2022 9:41 AM by Rachael Salyer

    Seeking identification of WW2 Blue ribbon with Green stripes

    chuck miller Wayfarer

      I have been checking numerous web sites to try & identify one of my father's ribbons. We can identify all of them all except one. Initially we thought it was a Presidential Citation Award but it has 2 Green stripes running thru it. Any help would be appreciated, He was in Europe during the war & then in Panama afterwards. He was with the 7th Army thru Italy, Germany, and Austria.

       

      Blue Ribbon with Green Stripes

        • Re: Seeking identification of WW2 Blue ribbon with Green stripes
          Dave Kerr Adventurer

          It could in fact be the PUC ribbon.

           

          Can you provide the name of his unit in the Seventh Army?

           

           

          Dave

          • Re: Seeking identification of WW2 Blue ribbon with Green stripes
            chuck miller Wayfarer

            He was in the 7th Army, 9th Field Artillery Battalion, 36th Division.

            • Re: Seeking identification of WW2 Blue ribbon with Green stripes
              Rachael Salyer Ranger

              Dear Mr. Miller,

               

              Thank  you for posting your request on History Hub!

               

              We searched the National Archives Catalog and located the series World War II Operations Reports, 1940-1948 in the Records of the Adjutant General's Office (Record Group 407) that includes general orders [file 303-FA(9)-1.13], as well as unit reports, journals, histories, operations reports, and other record of the 9th Field Artillery Battalion, 3rd Infantry Division during WWII. The records may include information about the Presidential Unit Citation or other awards earned by the 9th Field Artillery Battalion. 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.

               

              You may experience a delay in receiving an initial acknowledgment as well as a substantive response to your reference request from RDT2. We apologize for this inconvenience and appreciate your understanding and patience as we balance mission-critical work and the safety of our staff during the pandemic.  Please check NARA’s web page about COVID-19 updates for the latest information.

               

              If you have not done so already, we suggest that you request a copy of your father’s Official Military Personnel File (OMPF), which should include information about awards he earned during his service. OMPFs and individual medical reports for enlisted men of the U.S. Army who were separated from the service after October 1912 and before 1960 and for officers who were separated from the service after June 1917 and before 1960 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. Veterans and their next of kin also may use eVetRecs to request records. See eVetRecs Help for instructions. For more information see Official Military Personnel Files (OMPF), Archival Records Requests.

               

              Finally, the Army’s Institute of Heraldry provides some information about Decorations & Medals on their website, and more information about US Army Service, Campaign Medals and Foreign Awards Information is available on the Army’s Veteran Medals website as well. The US Army Center of Military History has information about the lineage and awards of the 9th Field Artillery available online. We suggest that you contact these organizations directly for additional assistance.

               

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

               

              • Re: Seeking identification of WW2 Blue ribbon with Green stripes
                chuck miller Wayfarer

                I made a mistake with the original info. While he was in Germany, he was in Company K, 141 Infantry Regiment, 36th Infantry Division, 7th Army,  I have requested his OPM files but I was informed there was a fire & his records were destroyed. I will try the Form 180. He did not join the 9th field artillery until after Germany had surrendered & he went to Panama.

                  • Re: Seeking identification of WW2 Blue ribbon with Green stripes
                    Lisa Sharik Tracker

                    Mr. Miller:

                    We have the records for the 36th Division in WWII. If you give me the name I can look him up in our files.

                     

                    The 3rd Bn (Company K is part of 3rd Bn) 141st did receive a Presidential Unit Citation for Salerno on September 9, 1943. The text is below. I have not seen a PUC with the thin green stripes before.

                     

                    The only thing I found which was close was a US Navy Pistol Expert Marksman ribbon

                    Ribbon Bar

                     

                    You can also reach me at the museum's email txmilmuseum@gmail.com

                     

                    Lisa Sharik

                    Texas Military Forces Museum

                     

                     

                     

                     

                    SALERNO

                     

                    War Department, General Order 16, Section X, 26 February 1944

                     

                    Battle Honors – As authorized by Executive Order No. 9396 (sec I, Bull. 22 WD, 1943) superseding Executive Order 9075 (sec. III, Bull. 11, WD, 1942, citation of the following unit by the Commanding General, Fifth Army, under the provisions of Section IV, Circular No. 333, War Department, 1943, in the name of the President of the United States a public evidence of deserved honor and distinction is confirmed.   The citation reads as follows:

                     

                     

                     

                    The 3d Battalion, 141st Infantry Regiment, is cited for outstanding performance of duty in action against the enemy on 9 September, 1943, during the invasion of Italy.  The battalion landed in assault waves on the Paestum beaches south of Salerno, in the face of withering artillery, machine-gun and mortar fire from organized and fortified enemy positions.   In the early morning hours the enemy launched a counterattack supported by tanks which was stopped by the battalion.   Cut off from supplies and reinforcements by the deadly enemy fire, the assault units nevertheless continued their advance against enemy positions while under continual enemy shelling.   A second tank attack was repelled by the intrepid force.  With the unit on the right flank pinned down by machine-gun fire and the unit on the left delayed in landing, the 3d Battalion bore the full brunt of the initial Germany fire power and counterattacks, both frontal and flanking, yet the officers and enlisted men of the battalion doggedly advanced, without artillery support or assistance from adjacent units.  Only through their courageous performance was the initial divisional objective achieved.  In the midst of unceasing enemy fire and often in the face of certain death, duties were performed unhesitatingly and with utter regard for personal safety.  The courage and devotion to duty shown by members of the 3d Battalion, 141st Infantry Regiment, are worthy of emulation and reflect the highest traditions of the Army of the United States.

                     

                    By Order of the Secretary of War:

                     

                    s/G. C. Marshall

                    Chief of Staff

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                    • Re: Seeking identification of WW2 Blue ribbon with Green stripes
                      Rachael Salyer Ranger

                      Dear Mr. Miller,

                       

                      Thank you for posting your follow-up request to History Hub!

                       

                      We searched the finding aids to the series World War II Operations Reports, 1940-1948 in the Records of the Adjutant General's Office (Record Group 407) and located several files for the 141st Infantry Regiment, 36th Infantry Division that may contain relevant information pertaining to the award including:

                      • 336-INF(141)-1.6 Awards, Decorations, and Citations, 1943-1944
                      • 336-INF(141)-1.13 General Orders, 1940-1943,1945
                      • 336-INF(141)7-1.6 Battle Honors - Citation of Unit - 3rd Bn, 24 Feb 44

                      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.

                       

                      You may experience a delay in receiving an initial acknowledgment as well as a substantive response to your reference request from RDT2. We apologize for this inconvenience and appreciate your understanding and patience as we balance mission-critical work and the safety of our staff during the pandemic.  Please check NARA’s web page about COVID-19 updates for the latest information.

                       

                      Also, you may be interested in the lineage and honors for the 141st INFANTRY REGIMENT (FIRST TEXAS) that is available online from the US Army Center of Military History.

                       

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

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