1 Reply Latest reply on Jun 4, 2020 9:57 AM by Jason Atkinson

    Seeking the general order awarding my father his DSM


      How do I find the actual written citation awarding my father his Distinguish Service Medal?  My father (Cpl Frank B Liebhaber, Serial# 36 706 875) served during WWII as a Darby's Ranger and was awarded the DSM, as shown on his discharge papers. The believe its authority is "GO 58 HQ 5 Army 10 Apr 44" which is shown immediately after the DSM on his discharge orders.  Thanks.

        • Re: Seeking the general order awarding my father his DSM
          Jason Atkinson Ranger

          Dear Mr. Liebhaber,


          Thank you for posting your request on History Hub!


          We searched the National Archives Catalog and located the Awards Files, 1943 - 1945 of the Fifth Army in Records of U.S. Army Operational, Tactical, and Support Organizations (World War II and Thereafter) (Record Group 338) that may contain an award file for the general order you seek. We also located World War II Operations Reports, 1940-1948 in the Records of the Adjutant General's Office, 1917-1981 (Record Group 407) that may include a copy of the cited Fifth Army general order. For access to and/or copies of these records, please contact the National Archives at College Park - Textual Reference (RDT2) via email at archives2reference@nara.gov.


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