To give you an example, I'm looking at a 4 page GO from the 7th Armored Division.It is GO #124, dated Dec 10, 1944.It contains citations for 21 soldiers, for Silver Stars, Bronze Stars, and Purple Hearts. The earliest award date on here is Oct 1, 1944 -- the latest Dec 2, 1944
Fred's citation might show up on the G Co. guy's GO, but odds are it doesn't.
There is one listing for a Bronze Star to an MIA in the 7th AD GO I'm looking at.To give you an idea of what you'll find here it is:
"Private Perle C. Godby (Army Serial Number 35073529), Infantry, United States Army, for distinguishing himself by meritorious achievement in connection with military operations against an enemy of the United States in Holland, on 1 November 1944. Entered the military service from Ohio"
They're pretty helpful at NARA.They'll get the records you specify out of storage... all you hav to do is do the search.