I get a lot of inquiries as to how to obtain medals that were never issued or replacements for those lost or destroyed. You can obtain these - your own or a relative's - by contacting:
ARPERCEN: DARP-USEA 9700 Page Blvd. St. Louis, MO 63132-5200
If you have documents (WD AGO Form 53-55, DD-214, etc.), you can include copies but a short, simple note with the recipient's (1) full name, (2) date of birth and (3) war(s)/actions(s) in which he or she served is all that's really necessary.
Decorations were presented to the recipient (or designated next of kin) in a distinctive case with a service ribbon and lapel ribbon. Medals for World War II service - American Theater, Asiatic-Pacific Theater, European-African-Middle Eastern Theater & World War II Victory Medals - weren't manufactured until after the war, although service ribbons were issued and/or made available for purchase through the Post Exchange System when they were first established. Medals for service prior to World War II must be purchased from private sources.
IMPORTANT! If you're ordering replacements, DON'T MENTION IT!!! In the vast majority of cases, there are no records of the originals. Keep it simple and you'll get a lot more a lot sooner. Any problems, contact me direct.