My grandfather, Harry C. Rice served in WWI, WWII, and the Korean conflict, retiring as a Lt. Col. and base commander of Sewart AFB in Smyrna, TN in 1959. None of these wars are topics that I am knowledgable on. I have just started researching my grandfather's service records. I was hoping that someone would be able to answer some miscellaneous questions.
During WWI, he was second class radio operator on the USS Cohassett, switching to the Army Air Force as a first lieutenant when WWII broke out. He "spent a lot of time in the European Theater and participated in the D-Day invasion of Normandy. His duties were in communications with the Ninth Air Force, serving in England, Italy, Southern France, and North Africa" per one newspaper article. Another newspaper article states that "the troop carrier group that he was assigned to was awarded a unit citation by the War Department for actions against the enemy on June 5,6, and 7, 1944". Questions: Where can I find a "history" of where the Ninth Air Force was during WWII? What was the unit citation for- besides it being the Normandy invasion? What did his group do to earn the citation is what I'm asking.
On his Service record (DD214) it states for decorations, medals, badges, commendations, citations and campaign ribbons awarded that he received the following:AFLSA w/2 OLC's (17 JAN 58); NATOEFSM, OCCGERMDL, AC(G?)N, AFRESM, DUG.Question: What were these for? I realize that not all of these were from WWII, but what one(s) were? Any idea of what the rest of these were for?
I appreciate your time and look forward to replies.