I am helping a friend search for information on her father. He was killed in action on Okinawa in 1945. Were death certificates issued then? How would one get a copy? If his file was among those destroyed in the fire, are there other sources where information regarding his service could be found? He was awarded the Bronze Star,and his daughter sent for a duplicate. It came, but had no paper work with it.So, without his file, how did they KNOW he really had been awarded the Bronze Star???