Re: WWII Uncle Record,Need Help Translating
Based on the information you've provided, your uncle is entitled to the Army Good Conduct Medal, Distinguished Unit Emblem (or Badge) (renamed Army Presidential Unit Citation in 1965), American Theater Medal, European-African-Middle Eastern Theater Medal with 3 bronze campaign stars (signifying participation in the Rhineland, Ardennes-Alsace & Central Europe Campaigns) and the World War II Victory Medal. "GO 33 and 40, WD 45" indicates "War Department General Orders Number 33 of 1945 and War Department General Orders Number 40 of 1945". These are the general orders that established eligibility for the above campaign participation credits. His organization was the 326th Airborne Medical Company, an organic element of the 101st Airborne Division.
The Bronze Star (note caps) and bronze campaign star are two entirely different items. The Bronze Star is a decoration awarded for valor or meritorious achievement. When awarded for valor in connection with combat operations, a bronze letter "V" is authorized to be worn on the ribbon to so signify. Through misinterpretation and/or misapplication of regulations from 1944 to the 1970's, thousands of Bronze Stars were issued to individuals solely on the basis of their having been awarded the Combat Infantryman Badge or Combat Medical Badge. In official documents, the decoration is usually listed as "Bronze Star Medal" to avoid any possible confusion.
Bronze campaign stars denote service within a prescribed area during a specified period. Commonly called "battle stars", this is a misnomer inasmuch ANYONE serving in ANY CAPACITY - COMBAT or NON-COMBAT - for any amount of time within the prescribed area and within the specified time frame of a named campaign is authorized to wear a star for that campaign. A silver campaign star - not to be confused with the Silver Star decoration - may be worn in lieu of 5 bronze campaign stars.
The qualifying period for a campaign or service medal is normally 30 consecutive or 60 non-consecutive days service within the prescribed theater of operations.