I am so excited to have found this forum! I visited mom after Thanksgiving and was THRILLED to have found a copy of my grandfathers discharge paperwork and a couple of letters he had sent home to his sister. I always knew he served in WWII and had received a purple heart for his service, but that is where my knowledge stopped. Mom tried to get copies of his service records a few years ago, but was informed that his had been destroyed in the fire. His discharge paperwork says that in addition to the Purple Heart, he received 4 BSS and a bronze arrowhead for the campaigns: "Naples-Foggia Rome-Arno No Appennines PO Valley". He was also awarded the Combat Infantryman Badge. My research thus far tells me he is possibly deserving of a Bronze Star medal due to the service and CIB award. I would like to request to have his records corrected, but in the absence of an official 214, I thought maybe I could start with researching his unit history and find documentation that way, going to wherever the records are located and spending a few days searching. My first roadblock I'm hitting is that I simply do not know enough about units in WWII to know where to start. His letter dated 9 April 1944, says "my address has changed but I am in the same outfit as before the 600 AA is now the 900 AAA we was a Regiment now we are a Battalion I am with the same men as before well I was in the Battle of casseno..." His return address says "Btry A 900 AAA AW BTN, APO 464 New York, NY. I'm having difficulty finding anything concrete on either unit. I'm hoping someone has some insight or can point me where to go... Also on his discharge paperwork in the awards, it says, "Purple Heart GO hq 171 Evac Hosp 23 Apr 45" and in the wounds received section, it says "italy 22 Apr 45". Is the 171 reference to the general order number or the hospital name? THNK YOU to anyone who had insight or can point me in a general direction!!