The following is based on the dates and information you've provided.?
Item #3: Staff Sergeant was his rank at the time of discharge (28 August 1945 is his date of rank - the date he was promoted to that rank)
Item #4: Infantry was his primary Military Occupational Specialty (MOS); Motor Transport may have been a secondary MOS but not necessarily. Individuals found to have special skills were very often assigned duties that took advantage of those skills, which were very often totally unrelated to their MOS. For example, a “grunt” (infantryman) with exceptional mechanical ability, might be assigned to the motor pool (very possibly what may have happened in your Grandfather’s case). A change of MOS (or assignment of a secondary MOS) was always deemed necessary.
Item #5: His component. Army of the United States (as opposed to Regular Army)
Item #6: His unit, 161st Infantry, was an organic element of the 41st Infantry Division, Washington (State) National Guard. The regiment was inducted into Federal Service 16 September 1940 at Spokane, Washington but wasn’t assigned to 25th Infantry Division until 3 August 1942 - seven months and twenty-seven days AFTER the attack on Pearl Harbor. (Very simply, the regiment received no campaign participation credit for the Pearl Harbor attack BECAUSE IT WASN’T THERE DURING THE ATTACK!! Irrelevant anyway since your Grandfather may not have even been a member of the 161st at that time.) The regiment was assigned to the 25th just prior to the division's departure for the Solomon Islands and didn't actually join the division until after its arrival at Guadalcanal.
Item #7: The date of his release from active duty.
Item #8: Separation Center, Fort Beale, California. Facility where he was released from active duty.
!tem #22: Date he was inducted into Federal Service.
Item #23: Date he actually reported for duty. (Very often these two dates, #22 and #23, were different. An individual might be given a delay. For example, time to put his affairs in order.)
Item #25: Place where he reported for active duty
Item #27: Numerical code for his MOS or related civilian occupation
Item #30: Motor Sergeant; his actual duties as opposed to his usual duties per his MOS
Item #31: Specialty and qualification badges. Combat Infantryman Badge (CIB). Had nothing to do with having fired his rifle in combat or anywhere else. This simply means that he served the required number of days with an infantry unit - usually 30 consecutive or 60 non-consecutive days - within an officially-prescibed area under certain conditions. During WWII, the CIB wasawarded only to individuals with Infantry MOS but, since the Korean War, all MOS are eligible at the discretion of the unit commander. Other badges listed are Motor Vehicle Badge with “Mechanic” qualification bar, Expert Weapons Qualification Badge with “Machinegun” qualification bar, Sharpshooter Weapons Qualification Badge with “Rifle” and “Pistol-D” qualification bars (“Pistol-D” indicates he qualified by attaining a required number of points firing the “D” Course, a modified marksmanship course for the standard service pistol) (included from Item #55)
Item #32: Campaign Participation Credits. This means simply that he served within certain officially-prescribed areas within certain officially-prescribed time frames. For example, the Guadalcanal Campaign extended from 7 August 1942 to 21 February 1943, both dates inclusive. Anyone who served in any capacity anywhere on the island from 1 minute after midnight of the first day to midnight of the last day, was entitled to wear a small (3/16" diameter) bronze star device on the Asiatic-Pacific Campaign ribbon. Likewise, the Northern Solomon Islands Campaign (22 February 1943 to 21 November 1944) and Luzon Campaign (15 December 1944 to 4 July 1945).
Item #33: (In the proper order of precedence) Good Conduct Medal, American Defense Service Medal, American Theater Medal, Asiatic-Pacific Theater Medal with 3 bronze campaign stars (one for each of the campaign credits listed at #32 above), World War II Victory Medal and Philippines Liberation Ribbon with 1 bronze star. (He would also be entitled to the Bronze Star [based on receipt of the CIB] and Philippines Presidential Unit Citation.)
Item #36: Departed Continental United States 17 December 1941 for Asiatic-Pacific Theater of Operations; arrived Asiatic-Pacific Theater of Operations (Hawaii) 24 December 1941. Departed Asiatic-Pacific Theater of Operations (Philippines) 24 May 1945 for the American Theater of Operations (Continental United States); arrived Continental United States 17 June 1945
Item #40: Authority for discharge. Convenience of the Government by reason of Demobilization under Army Regulation AR 615-365 of 15 December 1944
Item #55: Lapel Button Issued. This is the Honorable Discharge lapel insigne which was worn on the lapel of the civilian suit to identify him as an honorably discharged veteran. (The weapons qualifications badges are included with the others under at Item #31 above).
You've probably begun to realize Louie Turner really doesn't know what he's doing. He has two or three books on the war but no real understanding of military history, customs, organization, procedures, etc. His "research" consists almost entirely of simply copying, verbatim, material from books and websites - with very little, if any, real understanding of same.
One of the principal reasons I no longer post to this board with any regularity is that I got tired of individuals, very often after being warned, complaining about the inaccuracy and outright falsity of Turner's "research." Also one of the reasons I make it as difficult as possible for individuals to contact me personally. I love to help BUT not at the expense of my sanity OR my bank account.
Another item re your Grandfather's WWII service. There are strong indications he may have served in the National Guard prior to the war. Probably Washington State or California. You can easily determine this by his service number, which appears on his discharge. It's either a seven digit number expressed in millions (0 000 000), first digit 6, 7 or 8 OR an eight digit number expressed in ten millions (00 000 000) the first digit 2.
If this is so, contact the Adjutant's General of Washington and California. Include all the identifying info you can (DOB, service numder, etc.) You probably won't need much. I'm doubtful there were many Maxinino Razo's enrolled.
Also, if you're contemplating a shadow box display of his awards and insignia I may be able to help locate some or all of what you need. To contact me you'll have to post a message here and wait for me to stumble on to it.