Cathy, in response to this post and those following, I have some interesting information for you that may be of assistance. The link below is where you can order a certificate of award of the Wound Ribbon based on your Grand Fathers records.
“The Wound Ribbon was established by Secretary of War Newton D. Baker on September 6, 1917, and implemented by Paragraph XI-1 of War Department General Orders Number 134 of October 12, 1917. However, it was rescinded by Paragraph 1(d) of War Department General Orders Number 6 of January 12, 1918, which replaced it with wound chevrons.”
“The Wound Ribbon was in effect from September 6, 1917 to October 12, 1918.”
The Battle of the Argonne was from September 26 to November 11, 1918 so that matches up with your Grand Fathers eligibility for wear of the Wound Ribbon.
Another document is mentioned on this site; a Meritorious Service Citation Recognition issued by the Commander-in Chief of the American Expeditionary Forces in World War I.
Have you seen a document with that title…?
“Those in possession of The Recognitions had to be exchanged for the Purple Heart or the award and Oak Leaf Clusters as appropriate. This preserved the ideal of presenting the award for military merit and loyal service. Those authorized by Army Regulations 600-95 to wear wound chevrons. These men also had to apply for the new award. Those not authorized wound chevrons prior to February 22, 1931, but who would otherwise be authorized them under stipulations of Army Regulations 600-95.”
Wound badges entitled the WWI veteran to apply for a Purple Heart medal after the war when the medals were first authorized.
If you have that document, or maybe even with the document you have that shows the Wound Ribbon award, he may be eligible for the Purple Heart. That would be something to look into.
The following link provides information on requesting re-issue of a veteran’s awards. This is where you should start looking if your intent is to get the medals and awards your Grand Father earned. The price is right as the initial request and re-issue of his decorations is free.
The basic medal for veterans of WW 1 is the WW 1 Victory Medal
You can follow the links on this page and it should guide you through the request process;
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