Re your e-mail. I'm responding in the order your questions were posed.
Yes, I have access to a limited number of Philippines Liberation Medals. See Message #3972.
You can order replacement medals, etc. from NPRC St. Louis BUT they usually issue only those awards listed on his discharge certificate. These are (in proper order of precedence):
Good Conduct Medal
Asiatic-Pacific Theater Medal
World War II Victory Medal
Philippines Liberation Ribbon with one bronze service star (they may issue the ribbon but they DO NOT issue the medal)
Sharpshooter Qualification Badge with bar inscribed "RIFLE"
You'll find more information at their website < http://www.nara.gov/regional/stlouis.htmlhttp://www.nara.gov/regional/stlouis.html >. There's no charge for replacement awards BUT you may have to wait up to three years (if you don't feel like waiting I can provide everything he's entitled to - from the same manufacturer that supplies the government - very reasonably).
According to information on his discharge certificate and from other sources, he would also be entitled to:
Bronze Star with "V" Combat Distinguishing Device (based on CIB)
Combat Infantryman Badge (CIB)
Presidential Unit Citation
American Theater Medal
Two bronze service stars (to be worn on the Asiatic-Pacific Theater Medal to denote particiaption in the Southern Philippines & Ryukyu Island Campaigns)
Philippines Presidential Unit Citation
Eligibility for some of the above may have been overlooked by clerk(s) preparing his papers; others weren't authorized or made available until after his separation.
The Presidential Unit Citation was awarded the 96th Infantry Division and attached units for exceptional performance during the assault and seizure of Okinawa, April to June 1945. It was awarded in January of this year. Politics.
The division's nickname is "Deadeye", hence the reference to members as "Deadeyes".
Scouts, individually or in small parties, explored the immediate area or terrain into which a unit was advancing. Even when detected by the enemy, they very often were allowed to return to the main body. The enemy would then inflict greater casualties when the main body advanced under the mistaken belief that it was safe to do so.