All, I'm attempting to do some research and piece together what I can on my Grandfather's service during WWII. I have a few bits of factual paper (WD AGO 53-55, Official Letters, pamphlets...), a couple pictures showing a dress uniform & what little my Dad can/will say. Unfortunately, my Dad was only 5 or 6 when my Grandfather passed away so any "knowledge transfer" that could've possibly been passed is lost. I have been in contact with NPRC, but got the "fire destroyed all records", so after a few more back & forth's with them I was able to secure a set of awards medals. NPRC told me the discharge papers I sent them was more information than the could've constructed and have copied and re-filed them in the archives. Obtaining the medals was primarily what I was try to get - the plan is to build a display case and give it to my father. I was hoping that some of his military records would've been there to verify a few stories my Dad can recall, but I guess that isn't meant to be; For one he said that my Grandfather once punched an officer (for what reason??? - He was in the regimental boxing team) causing him to loose a rank and that he was at Normandy. From the information I have found, he should have been at Normandy, not the 1st assult though. The Army's militiary history page says that 2/18th landed on EZ-Red at 0930. The NPRC said the EMEA compaign medal/ribbon also includes a bronze service star. Do you receive the medal/ribbon for being in a campaign, then a bronze service star for each additional campaign? The Normany invasion should include a Arrowhead for water landing if I understand correctly...The campaigns and battles he was invovled in are something I'd like to try and figure out (eventually.) According to documents he was assigned to 1st ID (Big Red One), 18th Regimental Combat Team, 2nd Btn, Co F. On to my questions and what I am finding confusing. I have attached some images to go along. The Blue/Yellow lapel pin, anyone have a clue as to what it is? It doesn't seem to match up with the 18ths DUI. Also, the brass pins above don't appear to be for infantry, but Army Air Corp. I know he enlisted 1 Dec 1942 at Fort Warren, Wyoming which was AAC. But any "information" from there on seem to correspond to him being in 18th RCT. Could he have gotten "transferred"??? On the discharge certificate, under the REMARKS section. The 2 things here that intrig me are: (35) Flu Nov 45 & Cholera Jun 43. Does that mean he contracted these illnesses?