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  1. jdavis

    jdavis Member

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    Since I don't have a decoder ring for the mystery items on my grandfather's separation report, does anyone want to help me out with some things?

    Specifically:
    1. My grandfather said he was a Master Sergeant, but it says Sergeant as grade. Would he have been a Master Sergeant? Would it just say that even though he was a Master Sgt.?

    2. Box 4. Arm or Service = AC (does that mean Air Corps?)

    3. Box 33. Dec. & Cit. says:
    EAME Theater Ribbon w/3 Bronze Battle Stars per WD GO #33/45 (What does the #33/45 mean?)
    Good Conduct Ribbon per SO #4 17th Sta Com So 144 (What does everything after the word ribbon mean?)
    Distinguished Init Citation per GO #128 1st TAF (Prov) 45 (What does the #128 and after mean?)

    4. Box 40. says Conv of Govt RR1-1 (Demobilization) AR 615-365 15 Dec 44 (What is the AR 615-365?)

    5. Box 55. says Inactive Service in ERC (what is ERC?)
    No days lost under AW 107 lapel button issued (what is AW 107, and what would the lapel button be?)
    then it says ASR 85? What's that mean?

    Anyone who wants to help with any of this, thanks a million!

    Jay
     
  2. Greg Canellis

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    Europe, Africa, Mediterranean (ETO) Ribbon, 3 battle/campaign stars on this ribbon denoting the campaigns he fought in; per War Department General Order #33/1945

    Articles of War 615-365. These are like laws in a law book for the military.


    Articles of War 107 means he was not put in the brigg, or absent without leave (AWOL) which he would not have gotten credit for. The lapel button was the "Ruptured Duck" discharge button. If a superior saw a uniformed individual with this button on the lapel, means he is already discharged, but still in uniform.


    Hope this helps. Sorry, I was not sure of the rest.

    Greg C.
     
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    Probably not. My father's report says that his highest rank was Staff Sergeant, so I would assume his would have said Master Sergeant.
    I would guess it does.
    An ASR score was used to determine status toward leaving the service. The higher the score, the closer to separation. ASR stands for Adjusted Service Rating. Points were awarded as follows:
    1. Each Month in Service……………………………………………. 1 Point
    2. Each Month in Service Overseas …………………………………1 Point
    3. Each Combat Award (including each Medal and each Bronze Service
    Star, or battle participation star) ……………………………………..5 Points
    4. Each dependent Child under 18 (maximum 3 Children) …….…… 12 Points

    For more on the system, see here POINTS - MILITARY OCCUPATIONAL SPECIALTY

    For the rest, I'll have to keep checking.


     
  4. jdavis

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    Great information guys. I appreciate every scrap I can get!

    Thanks,
    Jay
     
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