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Ivydiv
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posted 8/5/2018 8:34:38 PM    Click here to view the profile for Ivydiv  Click here to email Ivydiv  edit/delete post  Reply w/Quote
I have obtained Williams picture and uniform from his Niece. He was KIA March 5, 1945. I am attempting to put his uniform back together as it only has the 12th Armor patch on it now. I am trying to find out what medal ribbons he would have been entitled to. Also would he have had the Combat Infantry Badge? Any assistance would be greatly appreciated. His service number was 36745979 and rank was PFC. Thanks in advance. Dave

Bob Scherer
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posted 8/6/2018 1:34:31 PM    Click here to view the profile for Bob Scherer  Click here to email Bob Scherer  edit/delete post  Reply w/Quote
Hello. I'm assuming that you don't have William's discharge papers. Do you have any papers relative to his service? William definitely earned the Purple Heart whether or not the orders were actually published. Sometimes KIAs did not have that happen. He definitely earned the WWII Victory Medal. He definitely earned the European-African-Middle Eastern Campaign Medal with one campaign star. If he was with the 12th AD from the start of it's combat role, 708 December 1944, he would have 2 campaign stars, but we don't know. The odds are very good that he was awarded the Combat Infantryman Badge, since he was killed in combat with an Armored Infantry Battalion. But we don't know for sure. He may have been in the unit but not have been an infantryman and therefore not entitled to that badge. It seems a pretty safe bet that he was in the Army more than one calendar year, and assuming he got into no trouble and was recommended by his commander, was awarder the Good Conduct Medal. Had he also served one calendar year inside the continental United States, he would have earned the American Campaign Medal, but we can't be sure. He probably qualified on his basic weapon and would have earned a badge for that but we don't know at what level. He would have service stripes for 3 or more years service, but he probably wasn't in that long. And he would have overseas service bars, one for each 6 months overseas, but we don't know how many, maybe none. Please email me at rwscherer@verizon.net and I'll see if I can be of any help to you. Thanks for doing this for his niece. Bob Scherer

Ivydiv
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posted 8/6/2018 8:42:07 PM    Click here to view the profile for Ivydiv  Click here to email Ivydiv  edit/delete post  Reply w/Quote
Many thanks for all the information you have provided. I am amazed at what you have come up with so far. This is one of the best websites I have ever encountered. Your coverage of the 12th Armored Division is unsurpassed. I have never seen another division website that is so informative. Thanks again for everything. Dave

Bob Scherer
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posted 8/7/2018 7:44:30 PM    Click here to view the profile for Bob Scherer  Click here to email Bob Scherer  edit/delete post  Reply w/Quote
Thanks for the kind words Dave. Mike and I are continuing to search. Updates as they occur.
Bob

Ivydiv
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posted 8/7/2018 9:29:23 PM    Click here to view the profile for Ivydiv  Click here to email Ivydiv  edit/delete post  Reply w/Quote
Thanks Bob to you and Mike for your help. I really appreciate it. Dave