Good morning, As a recently retired, former Veteran, I had hoped to be able to learn more about my Fathers service in WWII and Korea. As was his generations method, he spoke little of his story to his children and died in 1973. Besides some oral family history, a few stories I remember from childhood I have almost nothing to go on. I was always told he fought from North Africa to Berlin in WWII and 1951-53 in Korea and was at Chosin Resevior. He told stories of having to break frozen corpses to get them on to stretchers in the battle aftermath cleanup. I sent for a copy of his Military record and of course it was burned in the St Louis fire of 1973. Recently I did find a file in my Mothers stuff and in it were both of his DD214's. These documents paints quite the story. Under Battle and Campaigns it states Algeria-French Morocco, Tunisia, Sicily, Naples-Foggia, Rome-Arno, Southern France, Rhineland, Central-Europe. And under citations it has Good Conduct Medal SO 72 HQ 10th Eng, American Defense Service medal, European, African, Eastern Service Ribbon with Bronze-Arrowhead, Distinguished Unit Badge GO 76 HQ 5th Army, Oak Leaf Cluster to Distinguished. Under remarks: (33) Unit Badge GO 44 6 June45 Croixde Guerre With Orders of the Day 1st French Army 20 Feb 45. He then went to Japan for June-Aug 1945. Discharge Aug 18 1945. So I was always told that he was with Patton from N Africa to Berlin. I have many questions which I doubt will ever be answered, mainly, somewhat humoursley, How could someone have a Battle career as outlined above and be discharged as PFC-3 in Aug 45? At other times I heard he was the second most decorated soldier behind Audie Murphy in France and that he was in Audie Murphys unit and that he was one of only 6 original soldiers of that unit that came out of WWII unscathed. He did tell stories of being at the Battle of the Bulge and at Malmedy the day after the massacre was discovered and that no SS officers survived for months after that, who were captured, all shot while trying to escape. His Korean DD214 reads: Korean Service Medal W/2 Bronze Service Stars, United Nations Service Medal, Combat Infantry Badge, P 5 SO 34 HQ 23rd Infantry. Rank at discharge SFC (T). He also once told me he was offered a Battlefield Promotion to Officer after Chosin, but turned it down. Why? Any interpretations of the above information would be greatly appreciated to garner some insights into my Father, as I was 17 when he was killed in an auto accident and had not been super close as was the way with most rebellious teens in Ca. in the early 70's.