Your Father was assigned to the Military Air Transport Service (MATS) now known as Military AirLift Command (MAC) out of Scott AFB, Illinois.He completed Basic at Lackland AFB in San Antonio, TX, then to Scott, then to Warren AFB and then discharged? This would have been Scott AFB, back in the 1950s just north east of St. Louis MO. MATSis the Headquarters for world wide flying cargo operations and nursing care operations.C-47's, C-130's back then, now C-5's, C-141s and newest to the fleet, C(argo)-117. He was a Senior rated Cryptologist operator which is very high.He broke or sent coded messages.
He GRaduated from Basic Traing (Airman Basic - A/B) in June 1951 (6/51), then Airman First Class A1/C by December 1, 1952; AFQT is Air Force Qualifying Test is aptitude skills? He scored 76 percentile or score of 76. Mechanical 7, Clerical 7, Equipment Operator-9, Radar Operator 6, Technical Operator-8, Crafts -7, Elects -7 (could be Electrical or Electronics)Scoring of aptitude tests was quite different back in the 50's than the 1970's. Add some zeros and you have 70, 80, 90 which are fairly good grades for the analysis and comprehension of technical material. This is a history of his military service taken from thisD(ept of) D(efense) #214 Separation Form. His orders for separations were taken from Paragragh 2, Air Force Regulation 39-14 Series (of) Headquarters United States Air Force; Message (from) Air Force PolicyMilitary Personnel #43C- 36424This number could be the "julian calendar (#364)date of his separation at 2400 hrs. 364 would be date of December 31st & 24 (hrs) is midnight.His separation could have been the 43d line number of the unit on that date.Not certain but almost sure.
He was assigned to the1974th 3d Wing or Division A(erial--A(ir)Command S(upport).Abbreviations don't change that much---I enlisted in 1973 and retired in 1999 as an Officer.
You could take this to ANY Air Force Recruiting Office or Air Force ROTC Unit at a University in your area. The Veteran's Administration would also have a copy of the DD (Dept of Defense) #214 on file and be able to verify other duty assignments he completed. As the previous message stated, you can get replacement medals at the Base Clothing Store where they sell and issue uniforms.They don't carry uniforms at the Base Exchange or BX as it is called. Air Force Retail stores are known as BX for Base Exchange and Army Retail stores are Post Exchange as in Forts Knox, Fort Lee, Fort Hood etc.