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PALLADINO
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posted 1/18/2020 12:37:17 AM    Click here to view the profile for PALLADINO  Click here to email PALLADINO  edit/delete post  Reply w/Quote
I recently found my dads honorary discharge certificate.

My Dads name is MICHAEL J. PALLADINO
SERVICE #33 586 156

He received the following medals:
AMERICAN THR SER MED, EAME THR SER MED w/2 BRONZE SERVICE STARS.

Can you tell me what they are and any info you may have on why he received them?

Also under BATTLES & CAMPAIGNS it reads:
GO 33 & 40 WD 45 RHINELAND CENTRAL EUROPE.

What is the meaning of those numbers?

Thank you for any information you can give me.

Sincerely
Patricia Palladino-Ludwig
TrishaLudwig@aol.com


Garandomatic
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posted 1/18/2020 10:53:16 PM    Click here to view the profile for Garandomatic  Click here to email Garandomatic  edit/delete post  Reply w/Quote
The American Campaign was for 6 months of service in the continental US during the war and the EAME medal was for service in Europe, Africa, and/or the Middle East. Being in-theater qualified you for that medal and ribbon alone. Participation in a campaign earned a service or "battle" star, and the 12th's campaigns were Central Europe and Rhineland. The GO numbers refer to which official General Order authorized the stars. WD 45 refers to the War Department.

Garandomatic
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posted 1/18/2020 10:59:31 PM    Click here to view the profile for Garandomatic  Click here to email Garandomatic  edit/delete post  Reply w/Quote
Checking the rosters, he was in HQ Battery, Division Artillery. There are a few links to the left that have resources that might help, especially the books and written experiences section and you can search by unit. If anybody in your dad's unit contributed anything, you can get an idea of what your dad did that way. Also, I think it's listed as "the story of the hellcats" part 1 and 2, but those books had sections with pictures and veterans accounts for every unit in the division and I've found tons of information there.

PALLADINO
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posted 1/19/2020 5:11:26 PM    Click here to view the profile for PALLADINO  Click here to email PALLADINO  edit/delete post  Reply w/Quote
Thank you so much for your information. My Dad is still living, but has early dementia. I will look into the info you suggested.

olddog
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posted 1/19/2020 9:38:26 PM    Click here to view the profile for olddog  Click here to email olddog  edit/delete post  Reply w/Quote
Please THANK your Dad for me for his service!!

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posted 1/20/2020 1:35:43 PM  Reply w/Quote
Here are a few mentions of your Dad's contacts with
the Division Artillery representative. These are
from the Hellcat News. You may be able to recognize
some names of his friends. I will continue to look
for information. One thing to pursue is the
history of his unit.

Mike Woldenberg (forgot my password!!



https://texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth861453/m1/14/?q=%22Mike%20Palladino%22

https://texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth410070/m1/4/?q=%22Mike%20Palladino%22

https://texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth410614/m1/5/?q=%22Mike%20Palladino%22

https://texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth410491/m1/4/?q=%22Mike%20Palladino%22

https://texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth410348/m1/5/?q=%22Mike%20Palladino%22








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posted 1/21/2020 9:44:28 AM  Reply w/Quote
Medals such as the Purple Heart and the
Bronze Stars are recorded in General Orders.
These come from the Division Headquarters.
GO 33 and 40 mean General Orders 33 and 40..
The nubers begin on January first each year. I
presume these are from 1945.

It may be that campaign ribbons are assigned by
General Orders as well; I have not noticed that before.
As you have written the text, apparently the War Department issued these General Orders. (I have not
seen that before. Please double check exactly how
this is all written down).. The WD 45 referst to
War Department 1945.

Mike Woldenberg


The WD 45 means