Matt, The army said that anyone who served after 6 Dec. 1941 was intitled to one. In 1945 they came out with just the ribbon. Then in 1949 they added the medal. He must have been like alot of soldiers. They were long discharged whenthey were handed out. Some of the medals were with a V for valor. Unless you have proof of his being in the service. You might be better off to go to USMedals.com and buy one. It takes a while for the gov. to react.