As for your question on the shoulder patches, most of his medals and patches my nephew or other kids got.
This is what was on the DD-214 Under Medals ribbons etc.
Army Occupation Medal Japan-Combat Infantry Badge Par 3 SO 173 HQS27th INF DTD 24 July 50
I am guessing he was in the 27th Inf but not sure on the rest of it. There was a DD 215 that had correction than listed all of the medals he earned, and Yes the Korean dates were on the DD 215.
He never spoke of the war, but we do know that he joined the Army at 17 or 18. A Sheriff from Kahoka, Mo. had a big influence on his decision of joining. It was either always getting into trouble or doing something with his life, and that sheorff did not give up on him. Nor did Pop Irven who he was living with.He was a foster dad to my Dad.
We heard of a story about my dad having to do an errand somewhere and at the last minute, they found out it was the wrong CW Lewis, they got the correct person who was suppose to deliver the message, and unfortunately that man was killed in an avalanche.
He fought in the Korean War, and was shot through both legs. After healing, he was having alot of problems with is legs and was given permission by the Army to be discharged early.My Dad declined and stayed the rest of his term, I think it was 3 years he served in the Army.
The 'Signicant Duty' or whatever it was had Fort Lawton, Wa.A bunch of nymbers and letters above that, That is where he was discharged from the Army at with an Honorable Discharge
I did list the United Nations medal, but you had mention a United States Medal. I thought maybe you meant to put United Nations.
I have always been proud of my dad, but knowing the meaning of his medlas just pushes up that proudness. My mom said he was kind of embarrasses by the little amount of medals he got.
I beleive the Marksman badge with carbine, he'd give some credit to his cousin on the davis line. He would take my dad Squirrel hunting all the time, taught him how to handle the rifle and we've heard he was a better shot than the one teaching him.
We lost him in 1987 from Lung Cancer, and we miss him alot, but he's never forgotten. He is always in our thoughts.