Saturday, March 19, 2011

Norm's WWII Honors

Norm's recollections that I have shared included a small notation that his unit received recognition for their service in the Vosges Mountains.  It appears that his Regiment and Division received  Decoration (see below).  Norm never mentioned in these recollections that he received the Purple Heart for Wounds Received in Combat.  He did receive the award and is listed on the Honor Roll of 100th Division Web Site along with many, many, many others.  It is quite staggering to look at this list of one Regiment  and to think of all the men in all the Regiments during WWII that were wounded.

Private First Class Norman O. Riley, Company A, France

399th Infantry Regiment


Constituted 24 June 1921 as 398th Infantry Regiment, allotted to Organized Reserves, assigned to 100th Division, 5th Corps Area, and organized February 1922. Ordered into active military service, less personnel, and organized 15 November 1942 at Fort Jackson, S.C., as element of 100th Infantry Division. Inactivated 29 January 1946 at Camp Kilmer, New Jersey.

Campaign Streamers
Central Europe

Under the provisions (UP) of War Department General Order (WDGO) 103, 1946, all companies of the 1st Battalion are entitled to the Distinguished Unit Citation (DUC) embroidered RAON L'ETAPE.

UP 100th Infantry Division GO 209, 1945, Headquarters Company entitled to Meritorious Unit Citation (MUC) embroidered EUROPEAN THEATER.

Coat of Arms
Shield. Azure, A Kentucky flint-lock rifle in bend with a powderhorn suspended therefrom all or.
Crest. That for the regiments and separate battalions of the Army Reserve: On a wreath of the colors (argent and azure) the Lexington Minuteman proper. The statue of the Minute Man, Captain John Parker (H.H. Kiston, sculptor), stands on the Common in Lexington, Massachusetts.
Motto: I am Ready.

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