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posted 6/4/2015 9:13:38 AM  Reply w/Quote
As a Navy Veteran, I learned of the history of my Uncle Bill Clifford with 12th, Compnay B as a CPL and HQ Co. as a Sgt. Hew was wounded two times. Once I believe at Herrlisheim and not sure of the other. We are trying to confirm. In his shadow box is the purple heart. I belive there should be a second award. We are very interested in the reason for the Bronze Star award. Any body that could help we would appreciate it. I want to suprice his daughters with some good information. BEST Regards, Jim Philp, Lumberton, TX.

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posted 6/4/2015 3:17:17 PM    Click here to view the profile for harry dhans  Click here to email harry dhans  edit/delete post  Reply w/Quote
I found a William D. Clifford from Gucken, MN. iN 56TH Armored Infantry Battalion.HQ Co. Bronze Stars were standard issue for having been in battle. Mike Woldenberg has much history of the 56th. i WILL LOOK FOR MORE INFORMATION ALSO.

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posted 6/4/2015 3:53:53 PM    Click here to view the profile for harry dhans  Click here to email harry dhans  edit/delete post  Reply w/Quote
found picture of two daughters from Farmington, MI in HCN of March 1958. Note of surprise visit to a buddy, Warren Banks, HCN SEPT 1960.
There are many William Clifford, so please tell me if this is correct one

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posted 6/5/2015 12:09:35 PM    Click here to view the profile for harry dhans  Click here to email harry dhans  edit/delete post  Reply w/Quote
few records indicate that he is/was from New York

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posted 6/8/2015 2:32:31 PM  Reply w/Quote
After WWII ended, Gen. Eisenhauer authorized the Bronze Star to be awarded to all US combat troops who had meritorious service. Also, The Purple Heart, while awarded for combat related wounds, wasn't always awarded for every wound. A soldier could decline it. My Dad was wounded in the forearm by a fragment. It was not a serious wound, but it required him to have it cleaned and sutured by the Battalion Surgeon. When he was finished, and preparing to return to the front lines, the Company Clerk told my Dad that he could put him in for a Purple Heart. My Dad, feeling that there were other men who deserved it more than he did, declined the award.

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posted 7/9/2016 6:26:37 PM  Reply w/Quote
Originally posted by harry dhans:
I found a William D. Clifford from Gucken, MN. iN 56TH Armored Infantry Battalion.HQ Co. Bronze Stars were standard issue for having been in battle. Mike Woldenberg has much history of the 56th. i WILL LOOK FOR MORE INFORMATION ALSO.


That's him from Gukeen, MN

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posted 7/9/2016 6:30:59 PM  Reply w/Quote
Originally posted by harry dhans:
found picture of two daughters from Farmington, MI in HCN of March 1958. Note of surprise visit to a buddy, Warren Banks, HCN SEPT 1960.
There are many William Clifford, so please tell me if this is correct one


That is him without a doubt. I am from Farmington, MI and lived down the street from him and his daughters...3 now.