2 Replies Latest reply on May 20, 2020 6:52 PM by Alexander Gaugele

    Seeking Silver & Bronze Star citations of 324th Infantry Regiment

    Alexander Gaugele Newbie

      In one of the final battles in my home district in Germany on 22 April 1945 at Geislingen some soldiers of the 324th Infantry Regiment, 44th Infantry Division were in heavy fighting with German troops (see regimental history attached below, starting on the end of p. 112). Some of the below mentioned GIs fought very bravely in this battle so I took a look at the awards page in the regimental history and I found all of them there with Silver or Bronze Star awards, maybe for the action on the 22 April 1945 in Geislingen. Where I can find the Silver (or Bronze) Star Citations of following soldiers of the 324th Infantry Regiment or in which GO are they published:  from  Co. M - Pfc. Aaron S. Van Buskirk (Silver Star); Pfc. Howard A. Wiley (Silver Star); Pfc. Kenneth B. Thomas (Silver Star); and from Co. L - S/Sgt. Paul J. Strauser (Bronze Star)? Thank you in advance!

        • Re: Seeking Silver & Bronze Star citations of 324th Infantry Regiment
          Jason Atkinson Ranger

          Dear Mr. Gaugele,


          Thank you for posting your request on History Hub!


          We searched the National Archives Catalog and located Awards Files, 1943 - 1945 of the Seventh Army (to which the 44th was assigned) in the Records of U.S. Army Operational, Tactical, and Support Organizations (World War II and Thereafter) (Record Group 338) that may contain records of awards given to soldiers of the 44th Infantry Division. We also located the World War II Operations Reports, 1940-1948 in the Records of the Adjutant General's Office, 1917-1981 (Record Group 407) that includes records of the 44th Infantry Division and may contain the general order awarding these medals. For more information about these records, please contact the National Archives at College Park - Textual Reference (RDT2) via email at archives2reference@nara.gov.


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