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Commanding General Air Forces Pacific: Serial 10745 (October 24, 1947)
The President of the United States of America takes pleasure in presenting the Distinguished Flying Cross to Technical Sergeant John Aniello Bernardo (MCSN: 950058), United States Marine Corps, for extraordinary achievement while participating in aerial flight in the Solomon Islands Area from 10 to 21 May 1945. Technical Sergeant Bernardo completed twenty flights in a combat area where enemy anti-aircraft fire was expected to be effective or where enemy aircraft patrols usually occurred. His conduct throughout has distinguished him among those performing duties of the same character.
Thank you, Elliot.
I've seen this citation in the Military Times before - was just wondering if there were any more details, maybe in the National Archives? It is an important award, and I'd like to know if there was something more specific that he had done to earn him the honor.
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Dear Mr. Bernardo,
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We searched the National Archives Catalog and located Case Files of World War II Awards by Delegated Authority, 1944-1949 in the Records of the Bureau of Naval Personnel (Record Group 24) that may contain information about your father John Aniello Bernardo being awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross. The records are not digitized. For access to and/or copies, please contact the National Archives at College Park - Textual Reference (RDT2) via email at email@example.com.
We also suggest that you obtain a copy of his Official Military Personnel File (OMPF). OMPFs and medical records of officers and enlisted personnel of the U.S. Marine Corps who were separated from service after 1904 and prior to 1957 are located at NARA’s National Personnel Records Center (NPRC), (Military Personnel Records), 1 Archives Drive, St. Louis, MO 63138-1002. To request these records, please mail a completed GSA Standard Form 180 to NPRC.
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Thank you, Lisha. I'll give them a try!