When he returned home what was his place of residence and or county? I would try reaching out to the county veterans service office where sterling would have reside after coming home from the war. If you have received a response from NPRC previously I would submit it again using SF-180, state you want service members complete file and include previous military enlistments. But also check with his county veterans representative many soilders recorded their discharge with county they lived, you may want to contact the state of Boise Idaho State veterans office as well.
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Hi Eugene, if you can find your brother's separation papers, and I'm assuming they would be similar to those issued for WWII, those should list his awards. Also, for WWII veterans, many filed a copy of their separation papers with state or county offices upon their return. So you might want to check your brother's home state/county (Veteran's department I believe) to see if he did so also. Hope this is of some help. joan
His residence was Virginia, IL., Cass County, IL., his papers were lost after 60 years and when I sent the SF-180 form in, the answer back was all records of my brother were destroyed in a fire in 1973 in Saint Louis, Mo..
I do not know where to turn to?