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Patricia McLellan
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I recently obtained my Dad's WWII medals and DD214.  He was assigned to Medical Detroit, 2nd infantry division.  I am trying to make a display with his medals and would like some background information.  He received a Bronze Star on Nov. 13 to 14, 1944 in the vicinity of Sanry Surnied, France while with the 5th infantry Div and the Purple Heart on March 1945 from the 2nd Infantry.

My Dad was a staff sergeant in a medical unit and I know he was stationed in Iceland for awhile.  Any information would be greatly appreciated.
John Venn
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You can request his DD214 which will show his service medals.

 https://www.archives.gov/veterans/military-service-records


Further, you can either request replacements for the medals or purchase them (about 25 dollars each from Medals of America).  You can also purchase the medals mounted in a showdow box on-line.

http://www.medalsofamerica.com/content--name-Military_Ribbons_Mounted_for_Wear 

Good luck with your plan.
Larry G
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Patricia,

If you are looking at how to set up a display case you can get some ideas by viewing the Medals of America web site. When you received your fathers medals and discharge papers did you receive a Combat Medical Badge. Also you began your post by saying he was with the 2nd Infantry Division, did you mean 2nd Infantry Regiment? I have to assume yes because just the 2d Infantry was stationed in Iceland before going to England. His name is listed in the 2nd Infantry Regiment history in WW II book as having receiving a Bronze Star and coming from Bay City, MI.

12-17 November 1944 the 2nd Infantry Regiment established a bridgehead in the town of Sanry-Sur-Nied east of the Nied River, protecting a bridge that the 6TH Armored Division captured intact. Company E and 1st Section, 3rd Platoon, Company H received a Distinguished Unit Citation for their defense of the town and the bridge from the German Army. Companies of the 92d Regiment of the 21st SS Panzer Grenadier Division made six attempts to retake the bridge which was an asset to the 2d Infantry’s advance toward Metz. A Distinguished Unit Citation was the WW II equivalent of the Presidential Unit Citation.

 

The regiment sailed to Iceland in February 1942 and remained there until August 1943 when they sailed to England. Their mission was to provide defense for 40 miles of coastline and 60 miles inland in the West Sector, Western Defense Area. It also is in training and the loading and unloading supply ships

 

The Combat Medical Badge is an award of the United States Army which was first created in January 1945. Any member of the Army Medical Department, at the rank of Colonel or below, who is assigned or attached to a ground Combat Arms unit of brigade or smaller size which provides medical support during any period in which the unit was engaged in active ground combat is eligible for the CMB. According to the award criterion, the individual must be performing medical duties while simultaneously being actively engaged by the enemy; The Combat Medical Badge is retroactive to 6 December 1941.

Larry G
Historian, 2d Infantry

PS Ignore what John Venn said about the medals and DD-214, apparently he did not read correctly what you wrote.

 

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