Last week I attended the Federation of Genealogical Societies conference and spoke to many people interested in World War II research. One individual I spoke to, many times throughout the conference, gave me a lot of information about which I was previously unaware. I was also unaware because no one had ever asked me the question for one topic he and I discussed.
Did you know there is an official Board which reviews military records if there are potential errors or omissions from Discharge and Separation Papers (WWII) and DD214s? This is The Army Board for Correction of Military Records.
Interestingly, this morning, a woman contacted me about this very issue. There were several things she believed were missing from her father’s WWII Separation and Discharge papers, but one thing was very important to her. He never received a Purple Heart for his wounds and she wanted him to receive this decoration.
The Army Board for Correction of Military Records was established with the mission,
The Army Board for Correction of Military Records (ABCMR) is the highest level of administrative review within the Department of the Army with the mission to correct errors in or remove injustices from Army military records.
There is a formal process to go through on their website to start an investigation. It is their job to review available records (even if the OMPF burned) to piece together the service history of the soldier and provide answers, either positive or negative, to each claim an individual is making about errors, omissions, or inconsistencies in the record.
Have you gone through this process with WWII records? Please share your experience with our readers.
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