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Dear Mr. Barraquias,
Thank you for contacting the History Hub. We apologize for any miscommunication that may have led to your question not getting answered immediately. Your father’s Official Military Personnel File (OMPF) should have information relating the awards that he is entitled to. You can order his record online and find out which awards he is entitled to by going here: https://www.archives.gov/veterans/military-service-records
You can also submit the SF-180 directly to the archives via fax or mail, and the following link will explain how to do that: https://www.archives.gov/veterans/military-service-records/standard-form-180#sf
Good luck with your search, and thank you again for contacting the History Hub!
You can also call them, it seems that the Cold War Cert is issued for service Between Sept 1945 and 1991. He may also qualify for awards during WW2. A Cold War Medal was not approved by US legislature or the Dept. of Defense.
Application for Cold War Recognition Certificate U.S. Residents
supporting documentation or fax to the Cold War Office with your proof of service. An acceptable supporting document includes any official government or military document that contains the recipient's name, Social Security Number or Military Service Number or Foreign Service Number, and a date showing at least one day of service during the Cold War era (September 2, 1945 to December 26, 1991). Examples include DD Form 214, a Leave and Earnings Statement, and the Standard Form 50. DO NOT SEND ORIGINAL DOCUMENTS.
You must certify your honorable service by signing and dating the application and returning it with a copy of supporting documents to: USAHRC Cold War Recognition Program Attn: AHRC-PDP-A, Dept 480 1600 Spearhead Division Avenue Fort Knox, KY 40122-5408