1 Reply Latest reply on Jan 8, 2020 9:22 AM by Jason Atkinson

    Searching for GOs for Purple Heart


      I have discharge papers for my father, Raymond H Newland. It lists GO 29, HQ 225th Station Hospital, 30 Aug 1944 and Oak Leaf Cluster for Purple Heart, GO 114, HQ 17th General Hospital, 21 October 1944. Looking for copies of general orders or information on his injuries.

        • Re: Searching for GOs for Purple Heart
          Jason Atkinson Ranger

          Dear Mr. Newland,


          Thank you for posting your request on History Hub!


          We searched the World War II Operations Reports, 1940-1948 in the Records of the Adjutant General's Office, 1917-1981 (Record Group 407) and located General Order No. 29 of the 225th Station Hospital in file MDSH-225-1.13 [Box 17250] and General Order No. 114 of the 17th General Hospital in file MDGH-17-1.13 [Box 17438]. The General Orders (GOs) in both cases consist of lists of multiple soldiers who are being awarded the Purple Heart and the Purple Heart with  Oak Leaf Clusters. The GOs list the name (Raymond H. Newland), service number (20730972), rank (Sergeant), unit (Company A, 179th Infantry), and the location and date of the injury (France, 19 August 1944 and 11 October 1944 respectively), and the home address (520 Glenndale Street, Flat River, Missouri) and include a general statement that the award is for injuries resulting from enemy action. The orders do not provide details about the nature of the injuries or the exact circumstances in which they were received. The World War II Operations Reports also include records of the 179th Infantry Regiment under the heading 345-INF(179) [Boxes 9429-9442] which may provide information about the activities of his unit on or around these dates. For access to and/or copy of these records, please contact the National Archives at College Park - Textual Reference (RDT2) via email at archives2reference@nara.gov.


          Further details about his injuries may be in his medical file.  Official Military Personnel Files (OMPFs) and individual medical reports for enlisted men of the U.S. Army who were separated from the service after October 1912 and prior to 1957 are in the custody of NARA's National Personnel Records Center 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. 


          There may also be a mention of his injuries in the morning reports of Company A, 179th Infantry, though they are unlikely to provide specific medical details. Morning reports for Army units from November 1, 1912 to 1959 are in the custody of the National Archives at St. Louis (RL-SL). For access to these records, please contact RL-SL via email at stl.archives@nara.gov


          You may also be interested in The story of a regiment: A history of the 179th

          Regimental Combat Team which details the history of the regiment during World War II, to include the activities of Company A (aka Able Company), 1st Battalion, 179th Infantry Regiment.


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

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