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Dear Mr. White,
Thank you for posting your request on History Hub!
We searched the National Archives Catalog and located Army Air Corps/Air Force Award Cards, 1942 - 1963 in the Records of the National Archives and Records Administration (Record Group 64) that includes a card for 1LTGerald O. White (item 357) in the file unit Air Force Award Cards [Air Medal]: Whitbeck, Elwood -Whitesides, William. The cards have been digitized and are available in the Catalog.
We also located Awards Files, 1944 - 1946 in the Records of U.S. Army Forces in the China-Burma-India Theaters of Operations (Record Group 493) that may include an award file for Gerald O. White in Box 7. For access to these records, please contact the National Archives at College Park - Textual Reference (RDT2) via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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For Army Air Force/Air Force general orders, we suggest you contact the Air Force Historical Research Agency, 600 Chennault Circle, Building 1405, Maxwell Air Force Base, AL 36112-6424. The web site is https://www.afhra.af.mil/. General orders often include why the medals were awarded.
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