Do You Know A Wwii Vet Who Received A Combat Infantryman's Badge? there is an automatic upgrade to Bronze Star
Posted 12 November 2008 - 04:46 PM
Although this has been in effect since 1962, there are still many eligible Veterans who are unaware.
Executive Order 11046 authorized the automatic upgrade of a Combat Infantryman Badge or Combat Medical Badge to a Bronze Star (without V device).
Army Regulation 600-8-22, paragraph 3-14d(2) covers the policy:
Award may be made to each member of the Armed Forces of the US who, after 6 Dec 1941, has been cited in orders or awarded a certificate for exemplary conduct in ground combat against an armed enemy between 7 December 1941 and 2 September 1945, inclusive, or whose meritorious achievement has been otherwise confirmed by documents executed prior to 1 July 1947. For this purpose, an award of the Combat Infantryman Badge or Combat Medical Badge is considered as a citation in orders. Documents executed since 4 August 1944 in connection with recommendations for the award of decorations of higher degree than the Bronze Star Medal will not be used as the basis for an award under this paragraph. Veterans and retirees may submit letter application to National Personnel Records Center, ATTN: NPRMA-M, 9700 Page Ave, St. Louis, MO 63132-5100. The letter application should include documentary evidence [such as discharge papers or award of CIB].
This site has a sample letter to request the award [but use the address above instead]:
Another item most Veterans are unaware of is the fact that you can request replacement medals. In some cases, campaign awards were authorized after the Veteran was discharged, so there can be a pleasant surprise of additional medals.
The same regulation, paragraph 1-41, covers this:
a. All U.S. Army medals [this includes Army Air Corps] are presented without cost to an awardee.
Replacement of medals or service ribbons for individuals not on active duty may be made at a cost price. No money should be mailed until instructions are received from the Army Human Resources Command-St. Louis or the National Personnel Records Center.
b. Requests will be honored from the original recipient of the award, or if deceased, from his or her primary next of kin in the following order: surviving spouse, eldest surviving child, father or mother, eldest surviving brother or sister, or eldest surviving grandchild.
Submit requests to National Personnel Records Center, 9700 Page Ave, St. Louis, MO 563132-5100.
Note: This request can be initiated on line, see:
Addresses for requesting medals for other Services can be found at that link.
Note that if the Veteran is still living, he must sign either of the requests (unless you have Power of Attorney).
I know this is a lot of information, but if you have questions, I'll be glad to explain.
I should also mention there can be a large backlog, and it may take a while to receive your request.
If you are interested in a presentation ceremony for a Bronze Star, you might contact your local military base or local Reserve or Guard unit. They may be willing to include this in their next award ceremony. There is no citation, as in a traditional award, so you might be asked to prepare something for the presenter to say. This is actually something most commanders really enjoy doing.
If the unit is big enough, ask to speak to their Public Affairs Office; otherwise, ask for the Personnel Office.
I hope this is helpful information.
Posted 12 November 2008 - 05:44 PM
Posted 12 November 2008 - 06:17 PM
If you ask nicely for it to be finished for a Christmas gift, it might help.
You just never know - there might be a backlog, or they may be able to get to you quickly.
I'm sure he'd appreciate it even if it doesn't arrive by Christmas.