IN THE CASE OF:
BOARD DATE: 15 March 2001
DOCKET NUMBER: AR2000050010
I certify that hereinafter is recorded the true and complete record of the
proceedings of the Army Board for Correction of Military Records in the case of the
Mr. Carl W. S. Chun Director
Mr. Jessie B. Strickland Analyst
The following members, a quorum, were present:
Mr. Ernest M. Willcher Chairperson
Mr. Thomas E. O’Shaughnessy, Jr. Member
Mr. Richard T. Dunbar Member
The applicant and counsel if any, did not appear before the Board.
The Board considered the following evidence:
Exhibit A - Application for correction of military
Exhibit B - Military Personnel Records (including
advisory opinion, if any)
1. The applicant has exhausted or the Board has waived the requirement for
exhaustion of all administrative remedies afforded by existing law or regulations.
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2. The applicant requests that his records be corrected to show that he is authorized
the awards of the National Defense Service Medal (NDSM), the Republic of Korea
Presidential Unit Citation (ROKPUC), and the Korean Service Medal (KSM) with four
bronze service stars.
3. The applicant states, in effect, that he should have been awarded the NDSM and
the KSM with four bronze service stars instead of two and his records should reflect the
award of the ROKPUC. In support of his application he submits a copy of Department
of the Army (DA) Form 1577 dated 8 March 1993 authorizing him the awards of the
NDSM, the United Nations Service Medal (UNSM), the ROKPUC and four bronze
service stars and a copy of General Order Number 80, which indicates the campaigns
his unit participated in during the Korean War.
4. The applicant’s military records were partially destroyed in the 1973 fire at the
National Personnel Records Center that destroyed millions of service records.
However, the surviving documents show that he was called to active duty in the rank of
sergeant from the inactive National Guard on 19 August 1950. He continued to serve
until he was honorably released from active duty in the rank of sergeant first class on 2
April 1952 and was returned back to the National Guard. He had served 1 year. 7
months and 14 days of active duty during the period of his recall. He was awarded the
KSM with two bronze service stars and the Good Conduct Medal.
5. His records also show his most significant duty assignment was A Battery, 955th
Field Artillery Battalion, that he served 1 year and 19 days of foreign service. and that
he participated in two campaigns. Additionally, his records show that on 14 February
1952 he was at Camp Stoneman, California.
6. Department of the Army General Order Number 80 dated 22 November 1954
credits the 955th Field Artillery Battalion with participation in seven campaigns during the
period of 25 January to 21 April 1951, 22 April to 8 July 1951, 9 July to 27 November
1951, 28 November 1951 to 30 April 1952, 1 May to 30 November 1952, 1 December
1952 to 30 April 1953 and 1 May to 27 July 1953. The order specifies that personnel
must be present for duty as a member of the unit during the specified time in order to
receive credit for a campaign.
7. On 8 March 1993 the Army Reserve Personnel Center issued a DA Form 1577
(Authorization for Issuance of Awards) indicating that he was authorized the award of
the KSM with four bronze service stars, the NDSM, the United Nations Service Medal
(UNSM) and the ROKPUC. There is no indication that those awards have ever been
added to his DD Form 214.
8. Army Regulation 600-8-22 provides the criteria for awards of the NDSM. It states,
in pertinent part, that the NDSM was established by Executive Order 10448, 22 April
1953, as amended by Executive Order 11265, 11 January 1966 and Executive Order
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12776, 18 October 1991. It is awarded for honorable active service for any period
between 27 June 1950 and 27 July 1954, both dates inclusive, between 1 January 1961
and 14 August 1974, both dates inclusive, and 2 August 1990 and 30 November 1995,
both dates inclusive.
1. The available evidence of record clearly shows that the applicant is entitled to
awards of the NDSM, the KSM with fours bronze service stars, the UNSM and the
2. However, it appears that an administrative oversight has resulted in those awards
not being entered into his records. Accordingly, it would be in the interest of justice for
the Board to direct that his records be corrected to reflect those awards at this time.
3. In view of the foregoing, the applicant’s records should be corrected as
RECOMMENDATION: That all of the Department of the Army records related to this
case be corrected by showing that the individual concerned was awarded the NDSM,
the KSM with four bronze service stars, the UNSM and the ROKPUC.
___ew___ __tos ___ __rtd____ GRANT AS STATED IN RECOMMENDATION
________ ________ ________ GRANT FORMAL HEARING
________ ________ ________ DENY APPLICATION
____Ernest M. Willcher_____
ABCMR Proceedings (cont)
CASE ID AR2000050010
DATE BOARDED 2001/03/15
TYPE OF DISCHARGE
DATE OF DISCHARGE
BOARD DECISION GRANT
ISSUES 1. 189 110.0000/CORR 214
2. 115 107.0069/NDSM
3. 116 107.0070/KSM
4. 131 107.0085/UNSM
5. 138 107.0092/ROKPUC