Got his DD-214, now what ?!?!

Stuart1966
By Stuart1966 Latest Reply 2013-04-17 00:29:33 -0500
Started 2013-04-15 19:44:03 -0500

Looking for some help from folks who either served in the US Army, or have done this search-work themselves? Got my father's DD-214 (WW2 military) records recently. Unless you were familiar with US Army World War Two jargon/coding already huge chunks of his records are basically gibberish…

I would like to make a gift-presentation of his awards, badges, ribbons to him. However, solely based on what I can understand, there appears to be several errors and mistakes between what him records appear to show, and the awards, ribbons he got issued.

I have no problem if he did not earn a particular medal, ribbon, that's fine. But if he did earn three bronze service stars, instead of two on a particular campaign medal … if he earned the C.I.B. (Combat Infantry Badge), or a different qualification bar on his sharpshooter badge, I'd certainly like to make sure he gets them.

The records are in large part mostly hand written, but surprisingly readable, my basic problem I don't speak "the language" its written in (: Z ! Anybody ever done this kind of work whether for themselves or a relative? Not clear how to confirm this trail of bread crumbs. There are 4-5 errors which I think I've found so far. I certainly could be mistaken. Any army vets on site? Any serious researchers, military buffs?

HELP… please?!
Stuart


6 replies

Armourer
Armourer 2013-04-17 00:29:33 -0500 Report

I concur with Nick, see if he wants it. Did this for my step-father who was a WWII vet, and his DD-214 was typed, but it did have a missing medal. Good advice given was to talk to the local VFW Post if no VA office nearby.

Nick1962
Nick1962 2013-04-16 16:32:55 -0500 Report

As mentioned, VA and Army.gov should help you out. Just to relate a little story, make sure he actually wants the stuff. My father was a Sgt. in WW2 and his fishing buddies made him a medal shadow box from his medals and awards (supplied to them by my mother) to display at the local VFW bar he frequented. The box was placed in the attic, never displayed and from what my mother has told me over the years his service was never discussed. I can account for all but one medal (American Campaign) and one bar as being his. Don’t know if the unaccounted ones are from others who’ve passed or what. He passed before I was old enough to have an adult conversation with him about it. Hopefully your father served proudly and will enjoy it, but apparently my father was ‘sensitive’ about his time like some are.

Edie
Edie 2013-04-16 04:06:29 -0500 Report

Bill called the VA and they were able to get him a copy of it. Then he had it filed at the Court House so if he lost it again we could go there to get a copy in the future.

Edie
Edie 2013-04-16 04:05:48 -0500 Report

Bill called the VA and they were able to get him a copy of it. Then he had it filed at the Court House so if he lost it again we could go there to get a copy in the future.

Harlen
Harlen 2013-04-15 22:17:07 -0500 Report

Good luck
DD-214 are discharge papers
Go to Army.gov too request copy they will charge you a fee
If it has his honors list I don't know it has ben over 30 years for me
Best of luck
Harlen

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