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my dad won a silverstar in WWII. can you tell me what he did to receive this?

jasper j. bell # 34 102 184 private first class. member of battery b 210th antiaircraft artillery automatic weapons battalion (mobile)

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago
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    There would have been a written citation issued along with the medal, giving the particulars of the action. In general, the silver star is awarded for acts of valor lesser than would be required to merit the Distinguished Service Cross or the Medal of Honor. Still, the silver star is an impressive award.

  • beez
    Lv 7
    1 decade ago

    Valor shown in the face of the enemy. Means he showed a lot of bravery. It is the fourth highest award the U.S. gives members of the military. As to the exact action, you would have to have his military records to find out and many of them were burned in an accidental fire in St. Louis decades ago. I would search the web for possible sites with information on Silver Star recipients.

  • 1 decade ago

    this unit has a military history!!it's deployment and unit history may reside at the fort which trained and housed it through "basic training"!1ribbons and garlands often are seen to be affixed to unit banners and flag-these can be impotant clues as to battles where and at which time that the medal may have been issued!!who was the unit's commanding general????in which theater of war did he serve;in the pacific or the atlantic theater???50 % chance reduction to one or the other ;although some units served in both!!with what army group(like patton's third army group)was his unit attached???does "operation ;market garden" ring a bell?? "the battle of the bulge";"bastogne";"malmedy";"saint lo";"ardenne forest";!!cities that were in different armies paths and wakes can be a clue for you also as many formerly "classified" battle maps are now available from national military archives and the public domain!!good luck!!congratulations you have a lot to be proud of!!!

  • 1 decade ago

    You could get a copy of the military records A set of oders for the award should be in the service records. Try the following link hope it helps http://www.archives.gov/st-louis/military-personne...

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  • anon
    Lv 5
    1 decade ago

    I don't know what he did, but chances are the Dept. of Defense does. Try contacting the department of records for the Army. Either that or try www.USARMY.mil to see if they have a way of finding out.

  • 1 decade ago

    Whatever he did, it was one hell of a feat. Bronze stars were exceedingly difficult for anyone to get back then (sadly, that's not the case anymore), let alone a Silver Star.

  • 1 decade ago

    It must've been something very heroic. There are ways to find out exactly what he did. Your best bet would be to contact an Armed service recruiter and ask him who you should contact.

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