MIL Finding fathers medals for box

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  1. nadroj

    nadroj OT Supporter

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    found some of my fathers discharge papers at my house and was wanting to create a shadow box for his birthday this year. in the 70's or 80's he lost all of his material associated with his service except for one picture.

    was wanting to know how i can find all of the awards and medals he received and surprise him on his birfday, looking something like this

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    sorry about size

    under his medals, decorations and badges he has : NDSM , VSM , VCM, SS (M-14)

    i know these are standard medals for vietnam

    but it doesn't say anything about his purple heart. where can i find what other medals he received or is this it?

    what about speceal pins or medals for chaplins asst.?

    anyone know of any sites that sell nice medals and ribbons for decent prices?


    other info found

    Co A Sp Trps


    ranks - SP5

    department , component, branch - ARMY AUS QMC

    just looking to be as thorough and detailed as possible when i give it to him
     
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  2. evan2

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    why do all of the ribbons look so messed up?
     
  3. nadroj

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    not mine just using as example
     
  4. evan2

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    yea I noticed after and did not want to edit.
     
  5. Blackfox

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    Looks like he's got SS, 3xBS, 2xMSM, and something I don't recognize before the PH. Who put the case toghether? He will probably be the only person with his personal PH paperwork and any other awards he may have recieved.
     
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  6. Figori

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    There is a website that you can look it up under, but I can't remember the name. PM me the name, and I'll see what I can do.
     
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    eric5678 striving for mediocrity OT Supporter

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    call our grandma

    maybe she knows more
     
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    eric5678 striving for mediocrity OT Supporter

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    to clarify

    sharp shooter?

    3 x bronze star?

    2 x service medals?

    Between the two of us brothers and a combined 60 years of life, there has been maybe 15 minutes total discussion of the things that he did/witnessed during the vietnam conflict. Just trying to clear up the acronyms and get a better grasp of what he accomplished while he was over there.
     
  10. nadroj

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    the picture above is not his, just an example of what i wanted to do





    he is not dead, and i would have to have him sign off on everything



    pm sent
     
  11. tan koi

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    From what I see:

    He was award the National Defense Service Medal, Vietnam Service Medal, Vietnam Campaign Medal, and Sharpshooter badge for the M-14.

    Sps Trps is either Special Troops or perhaps Support. QMC is basically quartmaster, which is a support branch.

    SP5 is a speciality grade with the NCO equivalent of SGT (E-5).

    Looks like:
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    If a purple heart isn't listed, then there's a fair chance he never got one. Sometimes medal/ribbons/etc are left out because records aren't updated.
     
  12. nadroj

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    had to take a trip to alaska before he would talk to me for more than 5 minutes, watching Saving Private Ryan together lasted about 3 minutes before he left the room
     
  13. tan koi

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    Rack would look something like:
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  14. nadroj

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    would this be all i would find if i had him sign off to look into his records or could there be more?

    i got all of this off of "Armed Forces of the United States Report of Transfer of Discharge"
     
  15. tan koi

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    you'd probably have better luck by asking for his personal records. as in stuff he carried over his term(s) of service. some awards won't be reported, but a person can receive a citation or w/e without it ever being documented.
     
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    I understand what you are trying to do brother but if he just wants to go out with what he's experienced then let him go. The only way to really found out what he's received is to get the documentation from him directly.
     
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    Form DD214. That will have everything on it. Still searching.
     
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    We are working on a relatives medals from WWII (was supposed to be a Christmas gift). Started in October 2009 and just got the letter telling us we should see them by May. :rolleyes:

    Don't forget that some records were involved in a fire in the early 1970's.
     
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  19. Burrito10

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    Good luck on that, if he doesn't want you to see that then he will make sure you don't. My brother and I have been trying to get my dad's for awhile, he has them locked or some shit at the VA. Guess we just have to wait till he's kicked it.
     

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