Your situation is not unusual. Getting your Bronze Star issued, even after
30 years, is possible and a relatively simple process.
You will need to complete and file a Standard Form (SF 180) with the National
Personnel Records Center in St. Louis. The form is available for
downloading online, however, it cannot be submitted via email. All the
information you should need (address, form, etc.) is on the following link:
Military Awards and
To expedite the process, I would suggest attaching a copy of the General
Order awarding the Bronze Star to your SF 180. You may also wish to attach
a short letter telling them what you told me -- you got the orders but processed
out at Oakland before getting the medal issued.
Since you want the medal as a keepsake for your family you may might consider
the following. Contact your local Congressman's office and ask their
assistance in getting the medal issued; and, if the Congressman would be
interested in presenting it to you. Good media for him and a long overdue
recognition to you. Not necessary, but just a thought to consider.
Hopefully, this helps. If you I can be of additional assistance please let
In a message dated 12/1/2001 12:06:32 PM Central Standard Time, email@example.com
Ric, I served with L Trp and HHT during 1969 in the Republic
of Vietnam and was awarded the Bronz Star. I received the general orders #416
dated 5Feburary 1970 when I processed out at APO SF on 5 Feburary 1970 but was
never presented the medal or citation. After 30 years I have not followed up
to try to get it but as I age it would be nice if I could receive to pass
along to the family. Can you suggest a contact for such request.