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posted 7/25/2005 6:43:56 PM  Reply w/Quote
My name is Frank Oliver, my father-in-law was the late Wilfred Rupurt Wilkins PFC B CO 56th AIB 12th Armored DIV. I am inquiring about anyone who knew of his frostbite during combat in say Dec 1944, if so I would like assistance in obtaining his Purple Heart.
According to Military.co forum Military History WW II the purple heart was approved by the AG for frostbite during combat in Europe. This is from A R 600-45 TAB A dated November 1943.
It reads "The Adjutant General authorized award of the Purple Heart for cases of frostbite received in action which necessities treatment by a medical officer." Its in post # 147 of Battle of The Bulge and it pertained to all soldiers

MAC
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posted 7/27/2005 5:10:02 AM    Click here to view the profile for MAC  Click here to email MAC  edit/delete post  Reply w/Quote
Mr. Oliver,
Do you have any of your father in law's old medical records or DD214? Was he ever seen at the VA hospital or clinic? Health records are retained at the national archives, and you may be able to obtain a copy. However, a fire in 1973 destroyed a large amount of thier records. I'm a Navy Nurse and can get you the address to the national archives if you want to try. Feel free to email me at macentaure@cox.net.

Marcelo Centaure

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posted 9/21/2005 8:56:30 AM    Click here to view the profile for Ken  Click here to email Ken  edit/delete post  Reply w/Quote
Hi Frank,

I am a Legacy Member of the 12th Armored Disision Association.

The answer to your question is here.

http://www.americal.org/awards/ph.htm

Frostbite does not qualify

Regards,

Ken Klinedinst