The Transylvania Times -

WWII Infantrymen To Be Awarded Bronze Star Medals


The Bronze Star Medal for bravery was established in World War II. At the conclusion of the war, General George C. Marshall, the U.S. Army Chief of Staff was reviewing the number of bravery decorations awarded to U.S. Army infantry soldiers. He knew these soldiers accounted for more casualties than any other branch of the U.S. armed forces.

Marshall was disturbed to learn that comparatively few had received any awards or recognition for their service. He determined that many commanders were unaware of the criteria for awarding the Bronze Star Medal. This reason, combined with the late announcement in the war of this criteria, caused an inequity as far as General Marshall was concerned.

In order to rectify this oversight, it was established that Combat Infantry Badge and Combat Medical Badge recipients (during the period Dec. 7, 1941 to Sept. 2, 1945) were to receive the Bronze Star Medal. Unfortunately, the announcement was not widely published around the country.

The county veterans service office has been screening a number of World War II discharge records of veterans from this county. It has been noted that a number of them were U.S. Army infantrymen and their discharge papers indicated they had received the Combat Infantry Badge. For those World War II veterans who have their original discharge papers that show they received the Combat Infantry Badge or Combat Medical Badge, they need to come into the county veterans service office so that the appropriate paperwork may be completed and sent to the National Personnel Records Center.

The Veterans Service Office is located in the Social Services Building, 203 East Morgan St., Room 237, Brevard, NC 28712-3752. Nearby buildings include the old county jail, Baptist Church and the American Legion building. The office is normally open on Tuesdays and Thursdays, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., and other times by appointment. The phone number is 884-3276.


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