Barbara - A number of 893rd men all came to the states with a unit not the 893rd. They had been transferred to the new, to them, unit just to get them to the states. When they arrived at an eastern camp they wre given new clothes and told their awards, etc had not arrived yet. Then they were sent to their real homes on a 10 day furlough. When they returned to that camp they were given their discahrges but the awrds, etc still had not come and they never did get them.
Then just think of soldiers and sailors trying to hang onto records when they had no place to put them but a bed roll or duffle bag. AND these got shot up frequently. My husband was injured and I received no notice. I read that Eisenhower ordered that the Red Cross was to report every man who was injured or ill starting in Jan 1945 to their families. I do not know if it worked. Remember there were millions of men involved in that war in three continents. And we had only radio and newspapers for our info. And things were heavily censored. Mary