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MAGAZINE January/February 2018 Purple Heart


Purple Heart MagazineISSN: 0279-0653 January/February 2018 MILITARY ORDER OF THE PURPLE HEART OF THE U.S.A., Inc. Chartered by Act of CongressRAELYNN MCAFEE, EDITOR, PURPLE HEART MAGAZINE LOLLO SCHNITTGER NYLEN, DESIGN & PRODUCTION JEFF TAMARKIN, COPY EDITORMOPH National Headquarters ADDRESS changes, DEATH of a Member & SUBSCRIPTIONS which includes postage. NEWS, PHOTOS and EDITORIALS to: National Editor RaeLynn McAfee, 2037 Warner Drive,Chuluota, FL 32766 Magazine COMMENTS to: Publications Committee Chairman COPYRIGHT 2018 by Military Order of the Purple Heart, Inc. All rights reserved. POSTMASTER : Send address changes to Purple Heart Magazine, January/February 20182PURPLE HEART MAGAZINE THE HOMECOMING THEY DESERVE... THE SUPPORT THEY NEED.Donate Today! Purple Heart Service FoundationCall us to donate: 888-414-4483 Or go online: www.purpleheartcars.orgHELPINGOURCOMBATWOUNDEDWARRIORS& THEIRFAMILIES


4 National Commanders Brie ng 6 National Sr. Vice Commanders Brie ng 7 National Chaplains Brie ng 8 Region III Commanders Brie ng and Events 10 2018 Convention Information 12 African-Americans in Combat 13 The Music That De ned the Post-9/11 Generation of Veterans 14 Veterans Day 2017 16 MOPH Participates in 76th Anniversary of Pearl Harbor Day 20 The Gift of Reminiscing 22 Just A Bad Day At Work: A Champions Mindset 24 Florida Patriot Receives Governors Medal of Merit 26 Purple Heart Member, Honored with Champion of Freedom Award 27 Book and Documentary: Edwin Price Ramseys Story 28 News & Gatherings 34 Army to Begin Providing Medical Care to Chem/Bio Research Volunteers 40 MOPHA National Presidents Note 42 MOPHA National Sr. Vice Presidents Note 43 MOPHA National Chaplain and MOPHA In Memoriam 44 MOPHA National Secretarys Note 45 Taps Purple Heart 22 28 8 January/February 2018 Vol. LXXXIII, Number 1TABLE OF CONTENTS 27 January/February 2018 PURPLE HEART MAGAZINE3 Cover: U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Devin Boyer Acceptance of advertising contained herein does not imply endorsement nor attest to the ef cacy of advertised products by the Military Order of the Purple Heart or any of its members or staff. Article, photos, or comments for publication in the Purple Heart Magazine should be e-mailed to: THE MISSION OF the Military Order of the Purple Heart is to foster an environment of goodwill and camaraderie among Combat Wounded Veterans, promote Patriotism, support necessary legislative initiatives, and most importantly, provide service to all veterans and their families. MOPH is to undertake a Pro-Active Representation in all forums of public opinion that will consistently seek to improve the status and stature of its Veteran Members, their dependents, families and survivors. MOPH MISSION STATEMENT MOPH VISION STATEMENT ADVERTISEMENT POLICIES MATERIAL SUBMISSIONS 14


January/February 20184PURPLE HEART MAGAZINE Our headquarters is working quicklythe website is being worked on, we continue our conference calls with key communicators for disaster relief for Texas, Puerto Rico and California, and we initiated teleconference calls with our departments and chapters, starting in November with Region 3, in December with Region 6, and in January 2018, Regions 2, 1, 4 and 5. By the way, Im proud to note that the Foundation has been a partner in providing nancial assistance to our members who suffered great losses due to hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria, as well $20,000.00 being distributed to the victims of res in Northern California on behalf of the Foundation and Mondavi Wine. Senior Vice Commander (SVC) Doug Middleton, Junior Vice Commander (JVC) Felix Garcia and I had the opportunity to attend the annual Purple Heart Foundation meeting in Orlando in November. Again, as has been the case since our new agreement, Board Chairman Bill Wrooley ran a very open and transparent meeting, and included us in all the Foundations deliberations. We are all working together to address the critical funding issues facing the Foundation and the Order. As you know, a year ago the Foundation, with the full input of PNC Hershel Gober, Jason Johns and myself, entered into a ve-year funding plan. We understood from the start that the Foundation would not realize a signicant funding gain until the third year of the plan. SVC Middleton, JVC Garcia and I all understand the importance of staying the course and cutting back where necessary in these critical nancial times. Throughout the discussions, we operated as one team representing you, our Order and the Foundation. Your leadership team made a report to the Foundation on the Orders operating status and the challenges facing the headquarters, as well as serious discussions on the need to make changes to the operation of the Foundation board itself. When I ran for the position of JVC in Norfolk, Va., I did so by telling you that I was concerned about the Foundation fullling its funding mission, its relationship to the Order and the nancial operations of the Order. There is no question that the mission is to support the Order, and our partnership is working together as one. But you need O UR BROTHERS AND SISTERS IN PURPLE: With humility and a great sense of pride I was so honored and thankful for the opportunity to represent you and our Order, on Veterans Day in our nations capital, when we laid wreaths at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at Arlington National Cemetery, World War II Memorial, Korean War Memorial and the Vietnam War Memorial Wall. I hope you saw that pride displayed when my name was called to introduce the Military Order of the Purple Heart, and I stood to salute you and the audience in the National Amphitheater.Time of Thankfulness & Time to Reconsider Our Personal Commitment to the Order in 2018 by Neil Van Ess National Commanders Brieng


January/February 2018 PURPLE HEART MAGAZINE5 to know that we are facing a critical nancial crisis that calls for all of us to do more over the next two years. Because the next two years will be our most dif cult and nancially challenging, I am challenging each and every member to make a personal commitment to the Order in 2018. In honor of the creation date of the Purple Heart Medal, I ask that you make at least a monthly donation of $19.32 directly to the Foundation and a separate donation of $19.32 to MOPH headquarters. In return, you will receive a special membership recognition pin. If you presently give more than that, great! But if you are able to give more, please consider raising that amountyou will be the bene ciary. It is with a heavy heart that I ask you for personal donations, but they are absolutely necessary if we want to continue to fund our existing service program, preserve the scholarship program and provide for the relief of our members through the new disaster welfare fund. I can promise you that your donations to the Order will be fully accountable. We are the Military Order of the Purple Heart. We are the Veteran Service Organization uniquely comprised of a band of brothers/sisters in purple, and to save this great Order, we must come together to survive this dif cult nancial period. Thank you for your trust. I pray that you and your families enjoyed a very Merry Christmas or happy holiday season as you may celebrate it, and I wish you a warm, healthy, joyous and safe Happy New Year. PURPLE HEART COMMUNITY Service can occur at the least expected time. Last September, while in Florida, Rick and Barb Cherone were forced to evacuate due to Hurricane Irma. They were lucky when a luxury assisted living facility provided them shelter. After receiving their oor space, they noticed a lack of employees. They were told the employees that were there were unable to leave and had been working double shifts, while the other shifts employees were unable to get to work. They went to the front desk, and told them that they would like to volunteer in the name of MOPH/MOPHA. They volunteered 10-12 hours per day in the kitchen and dining room. It was a very rewarding experience. They have gone through the volunteer screening process so that they can volunteer there in the name of Purple Heart organization in the future when they are in Florida. Next time you volunteer to do something please remember to volunteer in the name of MOPH/MOPHA Community Service. Community Service Spotlight Purple Heart Community Service


January/February 20186PURPLE HEART MAGAZINE When the going gets tough, the tough get going by Douglas Middleton In November, the National Commander, Neil Van Ess, myself and Junior Vice Commander Felix Garcia, National Adjutant Jack Leonard and National Service Ofcer Angelo Wider attended the Purple Heart Foundation Board of Directors meeting. In accordance with the agreement with the Order, we were fully vested as voting members (Commander, Senior and Junior Vice) and were treated with respect and were fully participating members of the Board. We clearly laid out to the other members of the Board the critical nancial situation of the Order and the necessity to stay on the course of the Foundations ve-year strategic plan. Our presentation was listened to, and the board agreed that our current strategy is working, but like all new strategies, it takes time to gain traction and turn the ship around. So, the bottom line here is things are not great, but they will get better. For my Vietnam buddies, yes, there is light at the end of the tunnel. Dont get me wrong, we are making real progress and its not all doom and gloom, but it does remind us that sometimes we need to ask our members for help. The Order has been there for usremember when many of us asked the Order for help and it provided us with National Service Ofcers to process VA claims and the joy we all felt when the word came back that it was approved, a rating was increased and more dollars would be coming into our account. Now the Order is asking for your help. We are a special group, a very special band of brothers and sisters who have felt the sting of our countrys enemies as we were wounded in service to our country. We are special because all of us have been at that tough place and all of us knew what we had to do and did what was required. When the going gets tough, the tough get going. Here is where we need your help. The Order and the Foundation ask you to consider making a nancial donation to help us over the hump. Many of our members get return address labels from the Foundation, but few of you ever make a donation back to the Foundation to show your appreciation. Many of you have secured hundreds or thousands of dollars of benet claims because of our Service Ofcer Program, but few of you have ever returned the favor with a donation to the foundation that makes the program possible. A one-time donation at would be wonderful. Even better would be a continuing donation! Any amount would be appreciated, but I ask you to consider a continuing donation of $19.32 a month using your credit card. The $19.32 references the year that our beloved Medal was resurrected by General Douglas MacArthur. If our members got going by donating, our tough times would be over. Please thoughtfully consider making a gift to the Order and making a difference. Remember, those before us stepped up to make sure there was help there when we needed it. Lets make sure help will be there for those to come. Happy New Year! I WOULD LIKE TO START BY wishing all our Patriots, Associates and Auxiliary members a very happy new year. This is the time of the year when we reect back on the previous year and make our resolutions for how we are going to make the coming year even better. Sufce it to say that our good intentions about keeping our resolutions often fade away as the reality of day-to-day business overcomes our optimism. The same can be said of the Military Order of the Purple Heart. We have had some nancial hard times this past year, and the prognosis for the immediate future doesnt look much better. National Sr. Vice Commanders Brieng


January/February 2018 PURPLE HEART MAGAZINE7 W HEN YOU READ THIS, we will be a few weeks into the year 2018. By this time, we have already become used to writing the new year on our correspondence and on our checks. We all have wished each other a Happy New Year. Some of us are looking forward to this new year while others are still struggling with the loss of property to wind, rain and re. For many, these losses will carry over into this new year. One resolution we should all make is to not forget that our Patriots and their neighbors still live in the aftermath of these storms. We have come through some of the most holy seasons in our religious traditions. In those past days of religious remembering, we have paid a lot of attention to events from the past. Our Jewish friends go back in their history to relive the events celebrating Hanukkah. This day is one of the minor Jewish Holy Days that most of us non-Jews know little about because it commemorates events recorded in the First and Second Books of the Maccabees. The events there tell of the victory of Judah, the Maccabee, and his forces over the forces of the Syrian king, Antiochus IV, and the rededication of the de led Temple in Jerusalem, in 165 B.C.E. For the Christians, the Holy Day of Christmas is also a day that looks back 2,000 years. During this season we also usually go back to some of the earliest promises that foretold Jesus Christs coming. We go back to the story in Genesis that has the rst prediction that God would send someone who would rectify what was lost in the disobedience of the rst man and woman. We visit some of the old prophets and their visions of things to come. For African-Americans and Pan-Africans, Kwanzaa also goes back to the ancient stories to rediscover their ancient and living cultural heritage. They recover cultural values from the past and how these values and traditions inform their present living. A friend, Dr James K. A. Smith, has said, This is not an antiquarian wish for the way we were. To the contrary, it is precisely the distance of ancient friends that can give contemporary (believers) a long view to determine what is perennial : the challenges and frustrations that attend our recalcitrant human nature, as well as the forgotten truths that speak to every age. The centuries can work like a sieve to sift out what really matters from the blur of an overwhelming, even blinding present. As we go into this new year may we go with the con- dence that many of the truths and cultural traditions we value have made living today much easier and richer. May God bless you in remembering a past that forti es your living this new year. National Chaplains Brie ng by Herman Keizer Facing the New by Remembering the Ancient as of July 1 December 5, 2017 Member Chapter No Recruited National Service Of cer State No Recruited


January/February 20188PURPLE HEART MAGAZINE I feel that this would be an appropriate motto for Region III, which consists of the great states of Alaska, the Dakotas, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, Washington and Wyoming. The accomplishments of our chapters and departments are noteworthy, and emulate the Service Above Self motto. Some of the many challenges facing Region III in assisting our Patriots are time, distance and weather. Time: six to eight hours to get across the state; distance: 50 to 100 miles between towns; and weather: horizontal snow and 50-70 MPH winds. Yet we succeed, in spite of these obstacles. Involvement, commitment, camaraderie and service at the grass roots level by our chapters tell our story. Our goals this year are communication, feedback, exposure in communities and networking. Sharing our successes and challenges not only help us grow as a region but assist us to better serve our Patriots, family members, communities and country. R EGION III CAN STAND TALL For its performance, visibility and service to its fellow Patriots, families and communities. I think back to my rst assignment, with the 4th Armored Division, in Germany, in 1964, near the Czechoslovakia and East German border, during the Cold War. The division broke through to save the 101st Airborne Division, during WWII, which was surrounded during the Battle of the Bulge. Our motto was, They shall be known by their deeds alone. Region III Succeeds in Spite of Obstacles by Barry Gasdek Region III Commanders Brieng REGION III EVENTS Amanda Huckabay, who presented the proclamation to make the City of Casper a Purple Heart City. To nish off the afternoon we were treated to the veteranowned Weinrich BBQ. THE PURPLE HEART TRUCK was met by the American Indels and Vietnam Veterans Motorcycles Clubs and all were escorted through town by the Casper (Wyoming) PD. Everyone present was impressed by the great looking truck and all of the benecial gadgets applied for Patriot Marshall Kennedy. Chapter 707 Commander Daniel Carmona presented and thanked all those who helped build the event. Guests included WY MOPH Commander Barry Gasdek and Casper Council Woman and veteran Casper Truck Run 2017 Garretson SD PH CityPDC MARK T. WILLIAMSON, Heart of the Plains Chapter 5355 and Department of the Dakotas, is shown presenting a Purple Heart City sign to Tim Mullin, mayor of Garretson SD.


January/February 2018 PURPLE HEART MAGAZINE9 REGION III EVENTS REGION III EVENTS PH County PNC JIM SIMS AND PATRIOT BILL RANKIN joined the Thurston County (Washington) Commissioners in installation of the countys rst designation signs. Commissioner John Hutchins (left in photo) son was recently presented his Purple Heart in ceremony at Fort Lewis. During the past year the Washington cities of Rainier, Lacey, Maple Valley, Lakewood and Yelm have joined Spokane and Thurston County in honoring Purple Heart veterans. Fairbanks September 11th Memorial EventPATRIOT DAVE DEAN, Chapter 675 Fairbanks, Alaska, MCing the Fairbanks September 11th memorial event. Around 50 people attended. ON JULY 22, 2017, MOPH Chapter 800 participated in the Cheyenne Frontier Days Parade in Wyoming. Prior to the parade, the Gill Foundation presented MOPH Chapter 800 with a donation from its June 17, 2017, charity golf fundraiser. MOPH Chapter 800 has become an active participatant in Cheyennes veteran community. They have had the pleasure of donating over 200 books to the Cheyenne VA, for mental health, marriage counseling and other aspects of the healing process. They also donated a basketball hoop to the VA substance abuse inpatient treatment center. As an organization it is our responsibly to ensure vets have the resources for help, community involvement and continued brotherhood. The city of Cheyenne, sponsored by Councilman Richard Johnson, proposed an ordinance to adopt Cheyenne as a Purple Heart City and on August 28, 2017, the city council unanimously passed the ordinance. In the future we look forward to working with other veteran organizations and to start a Purple Heart run/walk/wheel 5K. It is our intention to make this an annual event on or around the date of August 7, Purple Heart Day. Cheyenne Frontier Days Parade More Region III highlights in News & Gatherings starting on p. 28 JOINT EFFORT by Idaho-Oregon, Native Americans, PH recipients past and present, to proclaim the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation a Purple Heart Reservation. Back row, L to R: Brian Olson, Larry Cardwell, Mike Gill (president of Gill Foundation), Peter Howard, Richard Randell, Charles Ray Livermont, Barry Gasdek. Front row: Theodor Gostas (POW)


January/February 201810PURPLE HEART MAGAZINE Military Order of the Purple Heart 86th National Convention MOPH Auxiliary 85th National Convention July 30 August 3, 2018 Red Lion Hotel at the Park, SpokaneThe MOPH Department of Washington is seeking your support by advertising in our Convention Souvenir Book DO NOT MISS THE CHANCE TO GET YOUR MESSAGE OUTFor more information contact: Gary J Yeager Email: Phone: 509-994-6552 DEADLINE MAY 1, 2018 Ad Size & RatesBusiness Card (3.5 x 2) $25.00 Quarter Page (4.25 x 5.5) $100.00 Half Page (8.5 x 5.5) $125.00 Full Page (8.5 x 11) $225.00Premium Spots (all full page)Rear Cover, Inside (8.5 x 11) $325 Front Cover, Inside (8.5 x 11) $325 Rear Cover, Outside (8.5 x 11) $400 Please Send Print Ready Format Color or Black & White PDF Company Name: ____________________________________________________________ Contact Person: _____________________________________________________________ Mailing Address: ____________________________________________________________ Contact Phone Number: _____________________________________________________ Email Address: _____________________________________________________________Make checks payable to: MOPH Department of Washington Send to: MOPH, 13102 S. Spotted Road, Cheney, WA 99004


11 Company Name: ____________________________________________________________ Contact Person: _____________________________________________________________ Mailing Address: ____________________________________________________________ Contact Phone Number: _____________________________________________________ Email Address: _____________________________________________________________Make checks payable to: MOPH Department of Washington MOPH, 13102 South Spotted Road, Cheney, WA 99004-9031 For information contact: Gary Yeager Phillip E. White Phone: 509-994-6552 Phone: 509 599-3184 Annual Military Order of the Purple HeartGolf TournamentAugust 1, 2018 Indian Canyon Golf Course Spokane, WA Sponsorship Opportunities Silver Level: $2,500 1 Team of four (4) golfers. 2 Logo on Sponsor Banner with Level Recognition at Tournament. 3 Hole Sponsorship with Signage. 4 Quarter Page Advertisement in Convention Souvenir Book. 5 Logo on Department Convention Website & Social Media. Br onze Level: $700 1 Team of four (4) golfers. 2 Hole Sponsorship & Department Website & Social Media recognition. Platinum Level: $10,000 1 Team of four (4) golfers. 2 Logo on Sponsor Banner with Level Recognition at Tournament & Banquet. 3 Hole Sponsorship with Signage. 4 Full Page Advertisement in Convention Souvenir Book. 5 Logo on Department Convention Website & Social Media. 6 Table for eight (8) at Banquet. Gold Level: $5,000 1 Team of four (4) golfers. 2 Logo on Sponsor Banner with Level Recognition at Tournament. 3 Hole Sponsorship with Signage. 4 Half Page Advertisement in Convention Souvenir Book. 5 Logo on Department Convention Website & Social Media. 6 Table seating for four (4) at Banquet. Practice Sponsor (Putting Green Signage): $250 Contest Sponsor: (Longest Drive, etc.): $150 (7 Available) Hole Sponsor: $125 (with Signage) Golf Cart Sponsor: $600 (Signage on Each Cart) Active Duty Team (PH recipients) & Hole Sponsor: $500 Beverage Cart: $450 (Name/Logo on Cart) (2)


January/February 201812PURPLE HEART MAGAZINE FRICAN-AMERICANS HAVE FOUGHT for the United States throughout its history, defending and serving a country that in turn denied them their basic rights as citizens. Despite policies of racial segregation and discrimination, African-American soldiers played a signi cant role from the colonial period to the Korean War. It wasnt until the middle of the 20th century that African-American soldiers began to receive the recognition and equality they deserved. The beginning of the 20th century was marked by World War I, and thousands of African-Americans rushed to register for the draft. Their enthusiasm stemmed in part to defend liberty and democracy in Europe, but also from the opportunity to prove that they deserved greater rights at home. Their enlistment rate was high, as was their desire to serve on the front lines. However military leaders believed that African-Americans did not have the physical, mental or moral character to withstand warfare and they were commonly relegated to labor-intensive service positions. The majority saw little combat. Still, worthy contributions were made to Americas war effort and one outstanding example was the 369th Infantry Regiment (known as the Harlem Hell ghters), which served on the front lines for six months, longer than any other American unit in the war, and made notable due to the fact that they had received less training. During this time the unit never lost any prisoners or territory to the enemy. France awarded the entire unit with Croix de Guerre, that countrys highest military honor, and 171 members of the regiment were awarded the Legion of Merit. In the lead-up to and during World War II the military establishment continued to maintain that AfricanAmericans soldiers were not as capable as their white counterparts and needed more intensive leadership. Despite the continuing discrimination, more than a million African-Americans volunteered. As the war progressed attitudes began to slowly change. Some African-Americans were trained in elite positions never offered previously, such as the Air Force, and some units were desegregated for the rst time at the Battle of the Bulge. In just a few years the Navy, Marine Corps and Coast Guard made signi cant advancements in the treatment of their African-American personnel. World War II marked the beginning of the end for racial separation within military units. In 1948, with the demand for civil rights mounting, President Harry S. Truman ordered desegregation of the Armed Services. Reform was slow, however, and it wasnt until 1953 that segregation of cially ended when the Secretary of Defense announced that the last all-black unit had been abolished. The Korean War put this new policy to the test. African-Americans served in all combat service elements alongside their white counterparts and were involved in all major combat operations. Two African-American Army sergeants, Cornelius H. Charlton and William Thompson, earned the Medal of Honor. The 1960s marked a major transformation for African-American citizens in the United States. The decade also marked the rst major combat deployment of an integrated military to Vietnam. African-Americans faced a much greater chance of being on the front line, and consequently a much higher casualty rate. In 1965 alone African-Americans represented almost 25 percent of those killed in action. Following the Vietnam War and the phasing out of conscription, the number of African-Americans volunteering to join the Army grew exponentially, enlisting at rates far above their share of the population. In general AfricanAmericans account for nearly 25% of all enlisted Army soldiers while making up just 13% of the population. In 1991, 40 years after military segregation ended, the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, the highest military position in the Department of Defense, oversaw Operation Desert Storm in Iraq. He was an African-American named Colin L. Powell. Source: african-americans-in-combat/ PBS HISTORY DETECTIVESSPECIAL INVESTIGATIONS


January/February 2018 PURPLE HEART MAGAZINE13 E VERY VET HAS that one song that reminds them of the best and worst moments of their life. The Spartans had their utists. The Scottish had their bagpipers. Various cavalry units have made good use of the trumpet throughout history. The Bible even says that Joshua brought down the walls of Jericho with the blast of a rams horn. As long as humans have waged war, music has been an integral aspect of it for those who are sent to ght. So much that even in modern times, when a country is preparing for war, its referred to as beating the war drum. Of course, music has been implemented in various ways through the ages. In the past, it was used to call out orders over the din of battle while maneuvering forces engaged in combat. Its also been what kept a formation in step as it advances on the enemy. More recently, reports have surfaced that music was a tool for waging psychological warfare against Americas adversaries, sometimes even during interrogations. For the vast majority of American combat veterans in the post-9/11 era, music played a much different role. For them, music was more personal, capitalizing on the intersection of lyrics with instruments to increase the output of the bodys adrenal glands prior to combat missions. Stated simply, service members used music to get pumped up before leaving the wire. When tasked with going out day after day, night after night, in the most dangerous corners of the world, service members needed every advantage possible to get their minds right for the chaos of combat. So what did they listen to, speci cally? Rock may seem obvious, but its accurate to say its the overwhelming favorite among modern war ghters. Preferences range from classic standbys like Metallicas For Whom the Bell Tolls to more modern hits like Five Finger Death Punchs Bad Company. Andrew Pavlica, who served in the 3rd Infantry Division and 3rd Armored Cavalry Regiment as a tanker, said, I loved hardcore music to get my blood pumping. It kept me wide awake and alert too. For Leo Jenkins, a former Army Ranger known for his prose about experiences during and after war, a more introspective approach did the trick. In Iraq, I listened to the same A Perfect Circle song while kitting up. Its called The Outsider, said Jenkins, a veteran of four combat deployments as a special operations medic. He relayed the heavy nature of that song selection, saying, Its about suicide, and while I wasnt even close to suicidal in Iraq, I had fully accepted my own death. I wrote my own eulogy six weeks into that deployment. It wasnt a pump-me-up song; it was more about coming to accept my own mortality. Of course, there is more to the music of war than just hard rock. But whether its country, rap, pop or even classical music in some cases, music has left its imprint on a generation of war ghters. Those songs, unique to every individual, are the anthem of a generation of youth who willfully put themselves in harms way. They are the lyrics and melodies that have the power of a time machine, transporting those who have moved on back to a place where they likely experienced the best and worst moments of their life. They have the power of evoking everything from a tear to a smile, sometimes both at the same time in remembrance of times past and friends lost. The Music THAT DEFINED THE POST-9/11 GENERATION OF VETERANS This article originally appeared on Task & Purpose a digital news and culture publication dedicated to military and veterans issues. Learn more at by Marty Skovlund Jr.


January/February 201814PURPLE HEART MAGAZINE On Nov. 10, Commander Van Ess and the of cial MOPH delegation attended a ceremony at the World War II Memorial to commemorate the 242nd birthday of the U.S. Marine Corps. In the evening, the group was treated to a special Veterans Day concert and salute to the military by the National Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Gianandrea Noseda, and The Presidents Own, the USMC Band, conducted by COL Jason Fettig. * * On Veterans Day, Commander and Mrs. Van Ess and Patriot Zachariah Fike were invited to the traditional White House breakfast for the VSOs and others, hosted this year by VA Secretary David Shulkin at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce due to President Donald Trumps travels to Asia. Following breakfast, Commander Van Ess joined the rest of the MOPH delegation at the Arlington National Cemetery Amphitheater, where Vice President Mike Pence placed a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier and delivered the annual Veterans Day message to the nation. One of the highlights of the amphitheater ceremony is the March of the Flags, in which the colors of each of the VSOs, accompanied by a U.S. ag, is carried down the center aisle and then posted to each side of the amphitheater. This year the ags were carried by Patriot Cornell Ford of Maryland Chapter 2222, and Vince Candida, HR Manager at MOPH HQ. Following the departure of the Vice President, Commander Van Ness and President Sanchez were joined by Sr. Vice Commander Middleton, National Sergeant at O N VETERANS DAY, Nov. 11, 2017, the Military Order of the Purple Heart proudly honored the veterans of all generations, as National Commander Neil Van Ess, MOPH National Auxiliary President Gloria Sanchez, Sr. Vice Commander Doug Middleton and Jr. Vice Commander Felix Garcia attended a number of events in the Washington, D.C., area to commemorate Veterans Day. Veterans Day 2017by John Bircher, MOPH Public Relations


January/February 2018 PURPLE HEART MAGAZINE15 Arms Swords, and National Adjutant Leonard to lay a Purple Heart wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. * * In separate ceremonies during the day, Jr. Vice Commander Garcia, National Service Director Angelo Wider and Legislative Director Aleks Morosky presented wreaths at the World War II, Korean War and Vietnam War Memorials. In the afternoon, all were invited to attend the 19th annual Veterans Day reception at the Women in Military Service for America Memorial, located at the Gateway to Arlington National Cemetery. President Gloria Sanchez, assisted by Patriot Cornell Ford, laid a Purple Heart wreath at the memorial. * * The week prior, several MOPH patriots participated in the 20th annual American Veterans Center Symposium. The event was kick ed off by the MOPH Service Foundation-sponsored Wounded Warrior Experience, which features veterans who served on the front lines in Afghanistan and Iraq, discussing their experiences in action as well as the transition upon returning home. This years panel included Patriot John Konya, a member of MOPH Chapter 1775 in Virginia. * * In separate ceremonies, MOPH Medal Recovery Director and founder of Purple Hearts Reunited, Zachariah Fike, executed a special project called to 11 (11 September to 11 November), which consisted of medal returns to 11 veterans or their families across the country during this period. These veterans represented the time periods of WWI, WWII, Korea and Iraq. Returns occurred over eight states and the organization traveled over 3,658 miles to return valor during the Veterans Day period. Commander Van Ess introduced MOPH ag enters Amphitheater MOPH wreath at Tomb of Unknown Soldier National Symphony Orchestra salute MOPH wreath at WWII Memorial Wounded Warrior Experience


On the rst day in Honolulu, the MOPH delegation visited the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacic, more commonly known as Punchbowl, where Commander Van Ess and President Sanchez laid a Purple Heart wreath at the gravesite of Senator Daniel Inouye, himself a Medal of Honor and Purple Heart recipient, and a member of the MOPH. When asked by Senator Inouyes son why we lay a wreath, we explained that MOPH wants to pay special homage to a great American hero who is both a Medal of Honor and Purple Heart recipient. For most people, the expression We will never forget has little personal meaning. But for veterans, and Purple Heart recipients in particular, we cherish the memory of our greatest military heroes and want everyone to remember their service and sacrice so that All Americans may enjoy the freedoms that so many have come to take for granted. In the afternoon, Commander Van Ess and the delegation visited the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Activity (DPAA), on Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam. DPAAs mission is to account for Americans who are listed as Prisoners of War or Missing in Action from all past wars and conicts. Deputy Director RADM Jon Kreitz personally briefed the group on DPAAs mission and functions, and led them on a tour of the facilities, assisted by Johnny Webb, Deputy to the Commander for Outreach and Communications. Especially interesting during the tour was a brieng on identication means and techniques by one of the Activitys forensic anthropologists, who gave a riveting explanation of the painstaking process of making a positive identication of human remains. On Dec. 7, 2017, the ofcial MOPH delegation joined some 3,000 other ofcial guests that included the national leadership of all major Veteran Service Organizations, service members and military families, Patriot Members of MOPH Honolulu Chapter 483, and other N ATIONAL COMMANDER NEIL VAN ESS LED AN OFFICIAL DELEGATION that included MOPH Auxiliary National President Gloria Sanchez and Region VI Commander Billy Weldon, assisted by Hawaii National Aide-de-Camp Tommy Tanaka, and Hawaii National Service Ofcer Rafael Paris, to the 76th annual joint U.S. Navy and National Park Service commemoration of Pearl Harbor Day. MOPH Participates in 76th Anniversary of Pearl Harbor Day by MOPH Public Relations 16 Pearl Harbor survivors at Ceremony Van Ess & Sanchez present wreath at the USS Arizona Memorial Demo of ID techniques by forensics MOPH group on the bridge of the USS Michael Murphy USS Michael Murphy gangplank


distinguished guests at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, to mark the 76th anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor that launched the United States into World War II. Among the guests were about 50 Pearl Harbor survivors, including Lauren Bruner (96), Donald Stratton (94) and Ken Potts (95), the nal three remaining survivors of the USS Arizona, a battleship destroyed during the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor on Dec. 7, 1941. During the ceremony, a moment of silence was observed at 7:55 a.m., the exact moment of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. The keynote speaker was Admiral Scott Swift, Commander, U.S. Pacic Fleet, who said in his remarks, This morning we gather here to pay our respects to Americas World War II generation, the greatest generation, and in particular our veterans and civilians that responded to the attack on Pearl Harbor, grateful for their courage, service and sacrice. The ceremony concluded with a Walk of Honor by the Pearl Harbor survivors through an honor cordon of military service members and National Park Service men and women. Immediately following the commemoration, Commander Van Ess, President Sanchez and other delegation members visited the USS Arizona Memorial, where they laid a special Purple Heart wreath in remembrance of the more than 400,000 Americans who lost their lives during World War II, especially the 2,400 who lost their lives on December 7, 1941. Out of a crew of 1,511 aboard the USS Arizona, only 334 survived. Each attendee at the Arizona Memorial was given the name of one of the sailors entombed below, and then dropped a ower in his honor into the water over the sunken ship. In the evening, Commander and Mrs. Van Ess, President Sanchez and husband Patriot Sanchez, and other delegation members joined the Patriots of Chapter 483 for a special Pearl Harbor 76th Anniversary Commemoration that began with a welcoming ceremony at Fort DeRussy Park. The purpose of the Pearl Harbor commemoration was to remember our past and celebrate our future, as we honor and pay respect to the Pearl Harbor survivors and World War II veterans, as well as active-duty military and their families, and veterans of all ages. The ceremony featured a number of local guest speakers, and included music by the Pacic USMC band, accompanied by several high school bands that had traveled from the mainland to participate in the days events. Following the ceremony in the park, the Patriots and Ladies marched in the Pearl Harbor Memorial Parade in memory of those killed and wounded in the attack on Pearl Harbor. The parade starts at the Ft. DeRussy Park and winds its way approximately 1.5 miles along Waikikis main thoroughfare, Kalakaua Avenue, with the festive scenery of Waikiki Beach hotels, stores and restaurants as the backdrop. Commander Van Ess and the other marchers presented Proud Supporter pins to a few of MOPH Chapter 483 parade participants MOPH group at DPAA anthropologist Wall of Heroes in ships mess MOPH group laying a wreath at the graveside of Senator Inouye17


the thousands of tourists and residents who clapped and yelled Thank you and Welcome home as the Purple Heart recipients passed by the onlookers. The banner of each marching element in the parade was carried by several of the more than 100 members of the Young Marines, who traveled from across the country to Pearl Harbor to honor the veterans in a very special way. This year the Purple Heart contingent included a huge, helium-lled Purple Heart balloon, and as the Purple Heart recipients passed the reviewing stand, the announcer read the story of the history and purpose of the MOPH to the thunderous applause of the crowd. Reecting on the days events, Commander Van Ess remarked, This is one of the most exciting things I have ever done as a member of the MOPH. I was truly moved and honored by the cheering, clapping and the reaction of the crowds as we traveled along the parade route. On the next day, Commander Van Ess and others visited the guided missile destroyer, DDG-112, the USS Michael Murphy, which is home ported in Pearl Harbor. LT Michael P. Murphy was posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor for his heroic actions in Afghanistan on June 28, 2005, during Operation Red Wings. The ship was christened on May 7, 2011, Murphys birthday, by Maureen Murphy, Michaels mother and the ships ofcial sponsor. Also at the christening was the leadership of MOPH, including Patriot Dan Murphy, Michaels father and long-time National Judge Advocate for the Military Order of the Purple Heart. During the visit, every member of the crew demonstrated pride in being able to serve on the Michael Murphy and the esteem in which Michael and the entire Murphy family was held. Throughout the ship and especially in the ward rooms, mementos and photos of LT Murphy and the other members of his SEAL Team are proudly displayed. As Commander Van Ess visited the ships bridge, he and other members of the group were presented with a DDG-112 Cap and Commanders Coin. On Saturday, Commander Van Ess, President Sanchez and other delegates joined Chapter Commander Orly Keller and the Patriots of MOPH Honolulu Chapter 483 for their monthly meeting at the Keehi Lagoon Memorial, which includes a building where VSOs can meet. By the end of the four-day visit, Commander Van Ess stated, It is critical that the Military Order of the Purple Heart assumes a prominent role in these ceremonies, not only because Pearl Harbor marked the entry of the United States into World War II, but to honor the sheer number of those who received Purple Heart Medals as a result of that fateful attack. As the number of Pearl Harbor Survivors continues to dwindle, the Military Order of the Purple Heart has a solemn obligation to help keep their memory alive. 18 PH balloon leads Patriots in parade Color Guard preparing for the parade Welcome to MOPH Chapter 483 Van Ess greets American Legion Commander Denise Rohan Commander Van Ess & Patriot Henry Lee


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January/February 201820PURPLE HEART MAGAZINE These visits have been blessed with new friendships among the veteran residents and I always enjoy hearing them reminisce about their military experience. One of my most cherished memories was with a kind and very intelligent man named Ed Walker. One of Eds sons is the current Alaska Governor, Bill Walker. Ed served as a member of Castners Cutthroats in WWII. Ed was also an accomplished writer and one of the most interesting veterans I ever met. Ed died several years ago and is now buried beside his wife in Valdez, Alaska. Another veteran resident living in a different senior care facility was a cherished friend and I will just refer to him as Ray. His days consisted of extensive time in a wheelchair and he always made sure that he had a small American ag attached to it. During his time in a military uniform, Ray saw duty as a combat infantryman who served at Anzio in one of the signi cant battles of WWII. Ray was a shy and quiet man and preferred to remain private with his thoughts. But when you got to know Ray he would explain that he had outlived all other close family relatives of his generation. He and his wife had never had children so there were no immediate descendants that could visit. His most prized possession in the small room he occupied was a wedding photo of he and the wife he adored, who died several years earlier. Ray would often say that he was all alone now and everyone he served with in WWII had been called home by their creator. His daily joy came from spending time on short trips in his wheelchair around the facility or sitting near a window and gazing at the mountains he loved. His brightest smiles came from reminiscing about Italy and telling others about the sights he saw when away from home in Europe. He never said much about combat, except to talk about the sad parents who would learn their sons would not be coming home. Ray was consistently mentally sharp, but on occasion he would slip back to when his legs were strong and his sight was good. From the daily hours of his wheelchair con nement he truly enjoyed escaping back to days with his military friends in Italy. He often mentioned how his life had changed from youthful events to the daily consistency of getting old. With that comment he would always try to focus on meaningful and carefree days as a younger man. One day I was talking to Ray by his favorite spot in a group gathering area with a window view of new fallen snow on the mountains. Gazing out the window Ray remarked how the wild geese could move easily to distant locations without any wheelchair restriction. Ray was telling me that he was making plans for a return trip to Italy to a spot where he lost some close friends; he wanted to have a glass of wine in their honor at the nearest restaurant he could nd. He was beaming with anticipation as he spoke and said he wished his wife could go with him because she had never been to Italy. A caregiver who was nearby quickly interrupted him and said to Ray, Ra,y that was years ago, and you know you are not able to ever go back there, so why cant you nd something good about being here today? Upon hearing that Ray became immediately quiet and I could sense a feeling of immense emotional pain. reminiscing The gift of by Ron Siebels PNC 2013-2014 V eterans occupy many of the rooms in care facilities across the vastness of Alaska. Whenever time permits I often visit senior care facilities here in Alaska.


January/February 2018 PURPLE HEART MAGAZINE21 His smile had faded and I detected a tear forming on his wrinkled cheek. His previously alert body slumped into the cold realization of his con ned situation. I told the caregiver to join me in the hall because I needed to tell her something. When in the hall I angrily reminded her that she knew Ray had lost his wife and had no old friends to talk with. I told her that Rays best moments were in traveling back in time to when life had much to offer and every tomorrow offered hope. I told her it was terribly wrong to interrupt Rays temporary joy by reminding him about the reality of his current discomfort. She said she was only trying to be honest with him. I told her that honesty in this situation was of no value. I told her it was hope that put a smile on Rays face and gave him the desire to go on. My nal words to her were that in these types of situations harm can be avoided and smiles created simply by allowing their minds to ow freely back to the precious days of their past. I returned to talk to Ray and he was privately wiping a tear from his cheek. He asked if I would help him get back to his room because he wanted to rest and be alone for awhile. I pushed his wheelchair back down the hall and it was very apparent that Rays vocal joy had changed to the quiet sadness of reality. In the room Ray moved from the wheelchair to his bed and asked me to remove the small American ag from his wheelchair and put it in a small wooden stand by his window that held it upright. He liked seeing the ag every time he looked outside. We exchanged our usual see you next time and I left the facility. Not long after that I got word that Ray had died in his sleep the night before. I thought Ray would be reminiscing for at least a couple more years. Obviously, God had different plans. Ray continues to have a special place in my heart and his sudden eternal absence was totally unexpected. With his loss I was left thinking that wherever Ray is, I hope it involves a small place in Italy and having a glass of wine with his wife and honoring his fallen WWII friends.


January/February 201822PURPLE HEART MAGAZINE Carver grew up in Southern California and attended Eastern Michigan University before he commissioned as an of cer in the U.S. Army. He always knew that he wanted to be in the Army. He remembers back to elementary school when he was given the assignment to draw a picture of what he wanted to be when he grew up, and he drew himself as an Army Ranger with all of the gory details included. Years later he joined the Army and became an Army Ranger school graduate, but it wasnt easy. Carver shed some light on what he considers just a bad day at work, a day that changed the course of life for him, forever. Carver was serving as a platoon leader in the 82nd Airborne on a deployment in Afghanistan. On January 19, 2010, his platoon was attacked while conducting a dismounted patrol just outside of Kandahar, Afghanistan. He got blown up by an IED, but the world around him never froze or went blank. In fact, he remembers counting the ips his body made in the air after the explosion. As crazy as it sounds, Carver never once lost consciousness and called in his own injury and the attack. After the initial attack, he began to assess the damage both surrounding him, and that he suffered. He looked down and saw that some of his ngers were detached, he noticed his elbow popping out, and then he looked down at his legs. He attempted to move them and the right leg responded while his left didnt. It wasnt attached. He reached down to grab what had been his left leg: I couldnt just leave it there. Instead of being devastated and reacting negatively to the situation, Carver continued to stay positive and crack jokes to keep his men pushing forward as best as they could. Nine of Carvers men, including him, were wounded and two were killed during that attack. As a strong leader, he refused care in order to make sure that his men were getting treated rst. He let two Medevacs leave before he got in the third. He explained how it felt while he waited and fought to stay alive: I kept telling myself ,Take deep breaths, control your heart rate, dont panic, dont die like an [expletive] in front of the men, over and over again to stay alive. He explained that in this situation where he felt himself bleeding out and dying, his training kicked in and he did exactly what was necessary to keep himself conscious. I was proud to watch my soldiers do exactly what they trained for and what they needed to do to stay alive and to keep others alive. We asked Carver what his most de ning moment in the military was, and we were slightly shocked by the answer. We felt it was safe to assume that January 19, 2010, was his most de ning moment, when his platoon was attacked and he showed his unbreakable determination and leaderW HEN MOST THINK ABOUT having a bad day at work, its about the days that bosses yelled, getting slammed with a huge project that has an immediate deadline or maybe even a spur-of-the-moment meeting that one was not prepared for. Could you imagine if your bad day at work resulted in the loss of your left leg, half of your right thigh and a few ngers? Those were the repercussions of Derick Carvers bad day at work. by Cameron Lynn, Marketing Coordinator, Purple Heart Foundation A CHAMPIONS MINDSET Just A Bad Day At Work:


January/February 2018 PURPLE HEART MAGAZINE23 ship. But, that was not his answer. May 29, 2012, was the most de ning moment. That was the day he retired from the U.S. Army. Serving his country allows him to be proud. Being a veteran and a Purple Heart recipient allows him to feel as though he served his purpose. Though he explained that you never want to win a Purple Heart, it solidi ed his purpose, and it comes with the job. As a veteran, Carver is able to do what he can to help others like him. He works with many nonpro ts that assist veterans. He is extremely dedicated and passionate about helping to advocate for in vitro fertilization for veterans, as his injuries from the IED explosion resulted in traumatic damage to his reproductive organs. When we spoke with Carver he was most passionate when answering the question, What is something you wish that the public knew about the veteran community? He wishes that everyone could understand and distinguish the difference between Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and Posttraumatic Growth (PTG). The situations that our military men and women are put in do not have to result in negative consequences and hardships. He wants there to be a change in the narrative and the ability to re-educate not only the public but also our military members and veterans. These men and women go through intense and demanding training processes to ght and serve this country, but they are not trained to adjust back to civilian life after the fact. This lack of understanding leads to our heroes coming home and getting thrown right back into the swing of things, and that is the problem. There is no transition period developed to help the adjustment from the life they knew, lled with speci c rules, regulations and structure back to a normal day-to-day. Rather than hoping that these brave men and women can nd their new normals, they should be taught how to adjust back and be provided with resources that can help them succeed. It would be hard to believe what Carver has done with his life since the day of the attack, unless youve got a chance to talk to him. He will never let the injuries he sustained that day de ne him or get in his way. He says, It was just a bad day; the minute you make it more than a bad day at work you are losing. You need to accept it, and you need to mean it. It was a chance for him to adjust. He is the exact same as he was before his injuries, only now I weigh about 40 pounds less. He competes worldwide in adaptive athlete CrossFit, powerlifting and Strongman competitions. He won Wodapalooza (CrossFit competition) in 2015. In 2016 Carver won the title as the U.S. and Worlds Strongest Disabled Man. Due to an injury, he was unable to compete in the 2017 competition, but he has begun training and plans to compete in this years. There is nothing that he cannot accomplish. Carvers mindset is one that can and should inspire people around the world and from all walks of life. Your success and your happiness are not decided by your circumstances, but rather by your mindset. He believes in himself, constantly pushing to reach new goals. He does not waste time focusing on anything besides how he can be the best at what he sets out to accomplish. Although Carver has been more than successful in overcoming every obstacle that he had faced as a result of his injuries, not all of our veterans are. He makes a very important point when he discusses how the narrative has to be changed regarding PTSD. The men and women who keep our country and freedoms protected deserve that and deserve our help and support. The Purple Heart Foundation is committed to helping every single man and woman who has served our country. It is our mission to help make the transition from the battle eld to the home front a smooth one. You can show your support for these brave men and women by making a one-time or monthly pledge to ensure that all of our veterans are able to get the support that they need and deserve.


January/February 201824PURPLE HEART MAGAZINE Judge Maney is a retired Army Reserve Brigadier General and Okaloosa County Judge and an advocate for Florida veterans. During a deployment to Afghanistan in 2005, Maney sustained a traumatic brain injury when a roadside bomb detonated under the vehicle in which he was riding. After multiple surgeries and many months of physical therapy, Maney regained his cognitive ability and continued on to serve as a county judge. In 2012, Governor Scott signed The T. Patt Maney Veterans Treatment Intervention Act into law, which authorized the establishment of veterans court to address the substance abuse and mental health needs of veterans within Floridas criminal justice system. More than 30 Veterans Courts are now in operation in Florida. Among his other accomplishments, Maney successfully advocated for the establishment of a Veterans Center in Okaloosa County, Fla., and started a communitybased, VA-supported Stand Down for Homeless Veterans, now in its tenth year. He acquired a UH-1 helicopter as a memorial to Vietnam veterans and, in particular, to the late CW4 Mike Novosel, a Medal of Honor and Purple Heart recipient for service in Vietnam. Notably, Patriot Maney has served three VA Secretaries on the Readjustment Advisory Committee. Maney and his older brother Edward are both Life Members of MOPH Chapter 811 in Okaloosa County, Fla. Edward received his Purple Heart for wounds received in Vietnam, and Patt for wounds received in Afghanistan. In 2010, Maney was recognized by the Military Order of the Purple Heart as its Patriot of the Year. Florida Patriot Judge Patt Maney Receives Governors Medal of Merit by MOPH Public Relations O N NOVEMBER 7, Florida Governor Rick Scott presented Judge Patt Maney with the Governors Medal of Merit. The Medal of Merit is authorized by Florida Statutes for exceptional meritorious service to the citizens of this state. In honoring Patriot Maney, Governor Scott said, Im honored to recognize Judge Maney with the Medal of Merit today. He has courageously served our country and continues to serve our veteran communities. I am proud to join all of Florida in recognizing him as a seless American hero. Shown with the Florida Cabinet, (L to R) Attorney General Pam Bondi, Governor Rick Scott, Judge Patt Maney, Caroline Maney, Chief Financial Ofcer Jimmy Patronis and Agricultural Commissioner Adam Putnam


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January/February 201826PURPLE HEART MAGAZINE The award is given annually by Liberty during Military Emphasis Week, to a man or woman who has exempli- ed courage and honor while serving in the United States Armed Forces and continues to serve as an outstanding ambassador in his or her community. Witt is the eighth recipient of the award, named in honor of WWII POW George Rogers, a survivor of the Bataan Death March. While serving in Vietnam, Witt was assigned to Golf 2nd Battalion, 4th Marines. He held many titles during his deployment, including Company Point Man, Fire Team Leader, Recon Team member, Supply Sergeant and Non-Commissioned Of cer in Charge of Troops. In his nal duty in Okinawa, he served as Ri e Range Instructor for the M16 ri e, qualifying troops headed for Vietnam. Witt successfully led the recent effort to designate Liberty as the rst Purple Heart University in Virginia in recognition of Libertys support of military members, veterans and their families. In July, Liberty installed Purple Heart University signs at the entrances to campus, and also reserved a parking space near DeMoss Hall for Purple Heart recipients and all others who have been wounded in combat. Witt also spearheaded the earlier movement to make Lynchburg, Va., and its surrounding counties into a Purple Heart Community, and oversaw the installation of designed signs along area roadways and Combat Wounded parking signs at more than 50 local businesses. Having grown up in Lynchburg, Witt has also been an integral member of many of the communitys initiatives to become more military-friendly. As a chapter commander of the Military Order of the Purple Heart (MOPH) and the Sergeant-at-Arms for State Department of Virginia MOPH, he assisted in the fundraising efforts to install Purple Heart Monuments at the D-Day Memorial in Bedford County, Monument Terrace in downtown Lynchburg, and Altavista Memorial Park, among other locations. Witt has also been an active member in the weekly Monument Terrace Troop Rally, where veterans and supporters of the U.S. military gather in downtown Lynchburg every Friday from noon to 1 p.m. with ags and signs in recognition of U.S. veterans, fallen soldiers and the troops who are currently serving their deployment. The rally at Monument Terrace is a unique experience that happens every week, Witt said. And every veteran who has attended has been very impressed seeing all the people there, and they often feel like they want to get involved. Over the years, it has gone from just a few veterans meeting there every week, and now its been going on for 829 weeks in a row. Source: Liberty University News Service I N RECOGNITION OF HIS extraordinary heroism and sacri ce in the line of duty, Corporal Gary Witt of the United States Marine Corps was awarded the George Rogers Champion of Freedom Award as part of Liberty Universitys Military Appreciation celebration. Purple Heart Member, Local Advocate Honored with Champion of Freedom Award


January/February 2018 PURPLE HEART MAGAZINE27 E DWIN PRICE RAMSEY was born in Illinois, raised in Kansas and graduated from the Oklahoma Military Academy. Commissioned a 2nd Lieutenant in the Cavalry Reserve in May of 1938, he entered active service in February 1941 with the famous 11th Cavalry Regiment, at Campo, Calif. That June he volunteered for service in the Philippines with the elite 26th Cavalry Regiment (Philippine Scouts). With Regular Army of cers and Filipino soldiers, the regiment was considerably smaller than a normal stateside cavalry regiment. It consisted of six line troops in two squadrons, with a total of 54 of cers and 784 enlisted men. In December 1941, when Japan attacked Pearl Harbor and then invaded the Philippines, the regiment was ordered north as part of the North Luzon Force to oppose the Japanese landings in Lingayan Gulf. Additional landings elsewhere forced the withdrawal of the outnumbered American and Filipino forces, whose retreat was covered by the 26th Cavalry into Bataan. Leading a 27-man platoon, as advance guard for the 1st Regular Division of the Philippine Army, on January 1, 1942, at the village of Morong, Bataan, Lt. Ramsey encountered a Japanese infantry force in the village and immediately ordered a charge. General Wainwright later awarded Ramsey the Silver Star for gallantry in action for leading what became the last Horse Cavalry charge in U.S. history. Escaping after the surrender of Bataan, Lt. Ramsey formed the guerrilla forces in Central Luzon. Then came three years of agonizing guerrilla warfare, waged by courageous Americans and Filipinos on Luzon Island, ghting both the imperial Japanese Army and communist Huk guerrillas to prepare the way for the return of General Douglas MacArthur. Ramsey also sent critical intelligence information to Gen. MacArthur in preparation for the liberation of the Philippines. After his return, Gen. MacArthur personally awarded Ramsey the Distinguished Service Cross for his guerrilla activities. Ramsey, along with Oscar nominated screen writer Stephen J. Rivele, co-authored the book Lieutenant Ramseys War which chronicles the remarkable story of Ramseys courage and perseverance. The documentary Never Surrender: The Ed Ramsey Story is based on the wildly successful book by Ramsey and Rivele and premiered at the Simon Wiesenthal Center Museum of Tolerance last year. Find out more about Ramseys journey from the streets of Kansas to the jungles of the Philippines and beyond at Book and Documentary:Edwin Price Ramseys Story Edwin Price Ramsey


January/February 201828PURPLE HEART MAGAZINE NEWS & GATHERINGS HONORING THEIR SACRIFICE WITH OUR SERVICE ON NOV. 11, Veterans Day was held under a drenching thunderstorm at the Malecon in Catao, Puerto Rico, a municipality across from San Juan Bay where El Morro, Saint Cristobal Fortress, is easily seen. To remember our comrades that have fallen in combat or are unaccounted for, the POW/MIA ag is carried to its rightful place on front of the stage, so that is in plain view for all to see. This year Borinqueneer, Korea War veteran and Purple Heart recipient Rafael Gomez (left) and MOPH Associate member and Vietnam era veteran Javier Morales (right), were given the honor of carrying the POW/MIA to its rightful place. Gomez and Morales are members of Chapter 661 San Juan, Puerto Rico. ADJUTANT JIM SCHALLER of Chapter 187 installs of- cers of the newly formed Unit 187 Military Order of the Purple Heart Auxiliary. L to R: Carol Schaller, President; Senior Vice Cheryl Mach; Secretary Patricia Speaker then Junior Vice Stephanie Speaker. ON NOVEMBER 21, Chapter 375s Commander Colby Geeker and the Auxiliary and sponsor Jim N Nicks Bar-B-Q put on a yearly event, Feed the Vets at the Denver VA Hospital. They fed 1,956 veterans that day. PATRIOTS OF CHAPTER 587 [Border City] make their way along the parade route during the 6th Annual Chaffee Crossing Veterans Day Parade and Celebration on Nov. 4, at the [Fort] Chaffee Historic District. The event also included a veterans recognition ceremony, food trucks, vintage military vehicle displays, kids area and a veterans art display and contest. THE BEST ARMY WARRIORS of 2017, NCO and Soldier of the Year Awards, in Washington, D.C. The awards were presented by the Sgt. Maj. of the Army, Daniel Dailey, to the top NCO and Soldier, during the AUSA annual meeting, at the Washington Convention Center. Pictured (L to R): Staff Sgt. Ryan McCarthy, Sgt. Maj. of the Army Daniel Dailey, MOPH Region III Commander Barry D. Gasdek, Mrs. Dailey, Spc. Hazea Ham.


January/February 2018 PURPLE HEART MAGAZINE29 NEWS & GATHERINGS HONORING THEIR SACRIFICE WITH OUR SERVICE PATRIOT PAUL CALKIN, Chapter 708 (Jonesboro, Ark.), is inducted into the Arkansas Military Veterans Hall of Fame, Class of 2017, during a ceremony in Little Rock, Ark., on Nov. 4. Patriot Calkin was inducted for valor while serving in the U.S. Army Air Corps during World War II. In 2013 Paul was presented the French Foreign Legion of Honor, making him an ofcial Knight of France, for his heroic actions against German forces. U.S. Senator John Boozman, (R-Ark.) presents Patriot Calkin with his Induction Medallion and Certicate. MEMBERS OF MOPHA Unit 402 donated household items to the W.J.B. Dorn VA Hospital in Columbia, S.C. The welcome home kits help the veterans get established in their new home or apartment. Pictured are Brian Austin, representing the Volunteer Services Of- ce at Dorn VA Hospital, and Unit 402 members Debra Kmetz and Betty Templeton. 2018 US ARMY OFFICER CANDIDATE SCHOOL ALUMNI ASSOCIATION REUNIONMarch 2529, 2018 Columbus, GA Columbus Marriott Hotel, 800 Front Avenue, Columbus, Ga. 31901, 1-706-324-1800 Contact: Nancy Ionoff, (813) 917-4309 ARMY7/17 AIR CAV-RUTHLESS RIDERS & PALE HORSEJuly 2529, 2018 at the Grand Plaza Hotel,245 North Wildwood Dr., Branson, MO 65616 Contact: Joe (201)390-5350 or CHAPTER 535 PRESENTATION of the Badge of Merit to the Florida 1st Regiment of the Young Marines on October 21, 2017. L to R: Chapter 535 Commander Steve Hilbmann, Florida State; Commander Richard Hunt and Chapter 535 Americanism Ofcer John Hillery. Sumter, S.C., Chapter Participates in Christmas ParadeTHE GENERAL GEORGE L. MABRY JR. Chapter 817 participated in the Sumter, S.C., Christmas parade on December 3. Patriot Jamie ONeal deployed the chapter oat to the parade marshalling area and chapter members boarded it as one of about 200 participating community organizations. Pictured above are chapter members aboard the oat. In the rear row, (L to R), are Patriots Jessie Burgess, Jamie ONeal and Don Kellum. Seated in the front row, (L to R), are Patriots Glenn Braden, Johnny Williams, Donald Williams and Ronald Harvin. Standing in the front row, (L to R), are Commander Dave Nesbitt and Adjutant LeRoy Thompson.


January/February 201830PURPLE HEART MAGAZINE NEWS & GATHERINGS HONORING THEIR SACRIFICE WITH OUR SERVICE MONTANA MOPH PROVIDED volunteer support to the Foundation of Community Health (Safe Kids) and the American Diabetes Association (Tour de Cure) in Missoula. These benevolent organizations assist and support our friends in the greater Missoula community. We consider it an honor and a privilege to help them with their respective mission(s) and vision(s). Thank you to all of our members that stepped up and supported these events. In the end, this is what it is about: helping others help our Montana community. Keep up the good work and we look forward to being of service in the future. DEPARTMENT OF THE DAKOTAS Commander Ken Teunissen at the Military Order of the Purple Heart Memorial by the Flaming Fountain Veterans Memorial on Capitol Lake in Pierre, S.D. Teunissen is with Wreaths Across America, which pays tribute to fallen veterans of all wars during the Christmas season. Teunissen is also with the South Dakota Funeral Directors Association which sponsored the event. THE LOCAL 675 CHAPTER greeted Omar Crispy Avila of Black Rie Company when he arrived at the Fairbanks International Airport. He won a moose hunt at Fort Greeley, Alaska. L to R: Keegan Bunnell, Department Commander Brad Bunnell, Omar Crispy Avila, Chapter Commander John Knott, Pedro Avila. FAIRBANKS VETERANS DAY event (L to R): Patriots Dave Dean, Francis Boisseau, Monte Ervin, MOPH 675 Chapter Cdr. John Knott, Senator Dan Sullivan (R. AK), AK Dept. Cdr. Brad Bunnell, Benno Cleveland, Deidra Neely, Jim Thomas. Dave Dean was the MC for the event and Senator Dan Sullivan (R. AK, Chairman for the U.S. Arms Committee) was guest speaker. Also, Patriot Deidra Neely spoke regarding the women veterans side of Veterans Day. The event drew about 100 attendees and the Fairbanks Daily News Miner covered the story. FAIRBANKS CHAPTER 675 held a membership drive at the Safeway West location. (L to R): Patriots Dave Dean, Benno Cleveland, Chapter 675 Cdr. John Knott, Deidra Neely.


January/February 2018 NEWS & GATHERINGS HONORING THEIR SACRIFICE WITH OUR SERVICE DICK ESAU, WHILE STILL on active duty in Hawaii, joined the Military Order of Purple Heart. Upon his retirement as a Bird Colonel from the Marine Corps, he attended his rst national convention in 1985. The day before the opening of the session, Patriot Esau was sitting at a big round table talking with other Patriots. Greg Bresser, the Assistant National Service Director, kept looking at Dick with a quizzical expression on his face. Finally, he asked if Dick was in Vietnam in 1967 with a Marine Battalion. Yes, I was serving there. Why do you ask? Greg grinned and said, I never thought back then that I would be drinking a beer with my battalion commander. According to Patriot Bresser, Dick Esau was a fantastic battalion commander as well as being a wonderful human being. Dick was physically a large man who had an equally big voice with an enormous heart. His subtle sense of humor lightened many of the Orders functions that he attended. Patriot Boyd Barclay, who preceded Patriot Esau as National Commander, said that when he went through the Basic School for Marine Ofcers, the instructor he most admired and wanted to emulate was Captain Dick Esau. Barclay considered it a great honor to have his close friend and mentor as his Senior Vice Commander. Dick Esau will be sorely missed by those who knew and loved him. Vaya con dios, Richard Henry.Richard Henry (Dick) Esau (Col., USMC, Ret.) July 24, 1934 October 21, 2017 National Commander 1999 2000 Purple Heart RegulationCAPS Cap prices include the cap patch and the lettering Military Order of the Purple Heart and U.S.A. On the left side, and Chapter number on the front right, if requested.Mens and Ladies StyleAll white with purple piping & letters: $24.75 eachMens and Ladies StylePurple with white top, gold piping & white letters: $24.75 eachMens and Ladies StyleAll purple with white piping & letters: $24.75 $20.00 (Lettering not available)Includes direct embroidery front right side: $6.00 Associate Member Annotation: $9.50 ( in addition to cap price ). Additional letters: $0.60 each Remove/replace letters: $1.50 per letter Plastic zippered cap bag: $4.00 each Winter baseball caps: $15.00 each Dress Tie: $15.00 each* Purple tie 100% polyester with white-bordered MOPH patch (specify standard tie or clip-on) *ONE SIZE FITS ALL Allow approximately four (4) For shipping & handling, add $8.00 per order With your order, include the following when ordering: (Please print clearly) Your Name Your Address Your Chap. # Cap Size Your Tel No(s) VISA/MC No. & Expiration Date Compute the Total Amt. of your Order and email, phone or mail check or Money Order to:KEYSTONE PLEASE NOTE: ALL RUSH ORDERS WILL INCUR AN ADDITIONAL CHARGE/FEE


January/February 201832PURPLE HEART MAGAZINE NEWS & GATHERINGS HONORING THEIR SACRIFICE WITH OUR SERVICE MOPH Chapter 1000 Celebrates 4th Annual Purple Heart Ballby MOPH Public Relations ON NOV, 18, MOPH CHAPTER 1000 in Valdosta, Ga., held its annual Purple Heart ball at the Valdosta Elks Club. Now in its fourth year, more than 150 Patriots, family and friends attended this great formal dinner that included a live orchestra that played into the wee hours for dancing the night away. Chapter Commander Matt Bridges acted as master of ceremonies for the evening, while Patriot Rondal Doc Tomberlinom, a U.S. Navy Corpsman serving with Marines in Vietnam, gave a stirring speech that touched the hearts of everyone in attendance. MOPH Senior Vice Commander Doug Middleton was the guest of honor for this wonderful evening. Chapter Commander Bridges as MC Purple Heart wine for all Commander Bridges presents plaque to Doc THE PURPLE HEART MAGAZINE will publish announcements for ofce following these guidelines: Those running for National Commander will be allowed a maximum of 350 words. Candidates for Senior and Junior Vice-Commander will be allowed a maximum of 300 words. Candidates for Regional Commander will be allowed a maximum of 250 words. Candidates for any other National Ofce will be allowed a maximum of 150 words. If the submission exceeds the word restrictions, the candidate will be given one week to revise his or her announcement. After that calendar week, the announcement will be sent to the Copy Editor for editing. Announcements for candidates running for a national ofcer or committee will run in the May/June issue of the magazine. The deadline for submission is April 1st. Please email submissions to Editor at Candidates Announcement For Ofce


January/February 2018 PURPLE HEART MAGAZINE33 NEWS & GATHERINGS HONORING THEIR SACRIFICE WITH OUR SERVICE LAST YEAR DURING THE HOLIDAY SEASON, MOPH Chapter #72 once again spent part of a day at the Portland, Oregon, Veterans Affairs Medical Center. We arrived early, set up, visited the wards and invited everyone who passed by to enjoy a piece of cake on the MOPH. Thanks to the efforts of one of our members, the cakes were beautifully and professionally decorated, and one was donated by a local Safeway grocery. Pieces of cake were served to more than 400 veterans, visitors and hospital staff. L to R: Gary Grange, George Monty, Don Dennis, Jerry Palmer and John Todd Swanson. THE PURPLE HEART retruck, owned by Herb Delbridge, was present for the Lynchburg (VA) Veterans Day parade. Sumter Purple Hearts Assist Needy Shaw AFB PersonnelMEMBERS OF SUMTER, S.C.S General George L. Mabry Jr. Military Order of the Purple Heart Chapter 817 recently donated $2,000 to Shaw Air Force Base active duty personnel in need of assistance during the Christmas holidays. To accomplish this, Walmart gift cards were presented to Ivette Bohannan-Bagnato, the Shaw Air Force Recovery Care Coordinator, who distributed the cards to needy military personnel. Pictured, (L to R), during presentation of the cards are Patriots Ronald Harvin and LeRoy Thompson, Ivette Bohannan-Bagnato, Chapter Commander Dave Nesbitt and Patriots Jamie ONeal and Willie Washington. ON NOV. 12, ON THE 50TH anniversary of his ultimate sacrice, in Dedham, Mass., PFC John A. Barnes III, 173rd Airborne, was remembered by the monument that bears his name. Barnes, who is buried at Brookdale Cemetery in Dedham, received the Congressional Medal of Honor for his actions. The ceremony was organized by Brian Willette, MOPH Dept. of Massachusetts Chapter 875 Commander. MOPH Dept. of Florida Sr. Vice Commander Michael Nemesh and Auxiliary President Gail Nemesh traveled to Massachusetts to commemorate the the 50th anniversary of the Battle of Dak To, Hill 875, in which MOPH Patriots Charles Earthman of California, Rick Cherone of Wisconsin and Michael Nemesh of Florida fought in the 173 Airborne Brigade. At the Ludlow, Mass., Veterans Day ceremony on November 10, Michael Nemesh, Dept. of FL Sr. Vice Commander, paid tribute to those who lost their lives on Hill 875, including two Medal of Honor recipients, Chaplain Charles Watters and Carlos Lozada.


January/February 201834PURPLE HEART MAGAZINE From MOPH National Surgeon Richard Small Patriots, please email: w/ any questions ARMY TO BEGIN PROVIDING MEDICAL CARE TO CHEM/BIO RESEARCH VOLUNTEERS ARMY MEDICAL COMMAND, Falls Church, Va. (Nov. 3, 2017) The U.S. Army is notifying veterans that they may be eligible to receive medical care if they participated in U.S. Army chemical or biological substance testing from 1942 to 1975 and have an injury or disease that they believe was proximately caused by their participation. Recently a class action lawsuit led by the Vietnam Veterans of America required the U.S. Army to provide medical care to veterans who volunteered to contribute to the advancement of the U.S. biological and chemical programs. To be eligible for medical care veterans who may fall within this identi ed class must have: A Department of Defense Form 214 or War Department discharge/separation form(s) or the functional equivalent. Served as a volunteer medical research subject in a U.S. Army chemical or biological substance testing program from 1942 to 1975, including the receipt of medications or vaccines under the U.S. Army investigational drug review. A diagnosed medical condition they believe to be a direct result of their participation in a U.S. Army chemical or biological substance testing program. Medical care, to include medications, will be provided at the closest military medical treatment facility that has the capability and capacity. Medical care will be provided on a space available basis for a speci c period of time as described in the authorization letter, and is supplemental to the comprehensive medical care a plaintiff is entitled to receive through the VA based on their status as a veteran. Eligible veterans are encouraged to go to or call 1-800-9848523 if they have any questions or need assistance.


Military Order of the Purple Heart Application for Life MembershipEligibility: Any person of good moral character who is serving in or has served in one of the Armed Forces of the United States, or any foreign country, who can show proof of the award of the Purple Heart for wounds. Evidence of the award of the Purple Heart must be submitted with the application. Certificate alone does not constitute proof of award. If discharged, discharge document such as a DD214 must be provided reflecting character of service as honorable or general. For active duty, provide PCS orders, Purple Heart Orders and Purple Heart Certificate. There is no posthumous membership. All applications are subject to verification with the National Personnel Records Center and/or Service. For a parent, spouse, sibling, lineal or adopted descendant (child, grandchild or great-grandchild) of either a living or deceased Purple Heart recipient, evidence of the award of the Purple Heart and the relationship must be submitted with the application. If the Purple Heart recipient is living, the recipient must be a member in-good-standing of the MOPH and he/she must sign to acknowledge the relationship and consent for membership. Purple Heart Recipient Associate Member PLEASE PRINT ALL INFORMATION Applicant Name Date of Birth Address City State Zip Phone(H) (Work/Cell) FAX Email Recruited by (Print Name) Next of Kin (Print Name) Relationship Check one Life Member Associate Life Member Credit Card VISA Mastercard Discover American Express CVV #(required)________ Credit Card # Expiration Date Applicant Signature D ate (required even if not paying by credit card) Typing my name will constitute as my signature All applicants must complete form below and send with payment to: MOPH National Headquarters 5413-B Backlick Road, Springfield, VA 22151 888.668.1656 MOPH use only See above for Dues schedule. Member# Chapter# MOPH Bylaws require that a copy of the document that supports the award of the Purple Heart medal must accompany each application. A copy of documentation submitted will be retained on file for future reference. Evidence of the award of the Purple Heart must be submitted with the application. Certificate alone does not constitute proof of award. If discharged, discharge do cument such as a DD214 must be provided reflecting character of service as honorable or general. For active duty, provide PCS orders, Purple H eart Orders and Purple Heart Certificate. There is no posthumous membership. All applications are subject to verification with the National Personnel Records Center and/or Service. DD214 DD215 Orders plus PH Certificate WD AGO 53-55 Service Army Navy Air Force Marines Coast Guard War Wounded WW2 Korea Vietnam OEF OIF OND OtherDate entered service Active Duty (Provide PCS orders) Date Departed Service/Discharged Date wounded Location of EngagementCommissioning source:Documentation of relationship and proof of Purple Heart award required. Name of Purple Heart Recipient Member# & Signature Chapter# I acknowledge the relationship and consent for associate membership (if applicable) Purple Heart documentation DD214 DD215 Orders plus PH Certificate WD AGO 53-55 Relationship of Applicant to PH Recipient Parent Spouse Sibling Child Grandchild Great-Grandchild Relationship documents Birth Certificate Adoption Papers Marriage Certificate Casualty Report The National Adjutant will make the final determination on eligibility. Altered documents constitute automatic denial of member ship. Payment for dues is not deductible as a charitable contribution according to the Internal Revenue Code. Dues include subscription to the Purple Heart M agazine. Purple Heart Recipient Associate Member Dues Schedule Life Membership $50.00 Associate Life Membership $50.00 TO APPLY ONLINE GO TOwww.purpleheart.orgor CLICK HERE Fees submitted with Application for Membership are NON-REFUNDABLE.All information and requirements are subject to change without notice. (Effective 6/15/17)


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Dues Schedule Life Membership $50.00 Associate Life Membership $50.00FOR INTERNAL USE ONLYDO NOT WRITE IN THESE SPACES. Date Received Type Member Certification by Amount Paid Member # Mothers, wives, widows, sisters, daughters, granddaughters, adopted daughters, and direct lineal female descendants regardless of age or date of birth. Such membership is subject to conditions set forth in Article 1 of the bylaws of the LAMOPH. Life and Associate Memberships are available. Contact the National Secretary. Membership of the Patriot must be verified through certified evidence of the Purple Heart Award. Dues include subscription to the Purple Heart Magazine. Ladies Auxiliary Military Order of the Purple Heart Application for MembershipName Phone Address City State Zip Emai I am the of (Medal Holders Name) who was awarded the Purple Heart Medal by the U.S. Government. He/she (is) (is not) an Active Member of MOPH Chapter # Membership must be certified* by CHAP. ADJ or Copy of Award must accompany this application. Applicants Signature Sponsor *Certified by Witnessed by Date Unit # Birthdate Complete and mail to: Tara Waugh, 190 E. Olmstead Dr. C-12, Titusville, FL 32780 Email: tara@purpleheartmi.comPLEASE PRINT ALL INFORMATION Life AssociateCheck one: *Must be signed by the Chapter or Department Adjutant to certify that the Patriot listed above is/was eligible for membership in the MOPH.Fees submitted with Application for Membership are NON-REFUNDABLE.Payment for dues is not deductible as a charitable contribution according to the Internal Revenue Code


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January/February 201840PURPLE HEART MAGAZINE National Presidents Note by Gloria SanchezWe of the human species are comprised of a wide variety of cultures, religions and political beliefs, and personal life choices. It is here in this land today that this conglomeration denes us as Americans. We can and should use this diversity to our collective advantage for the benet of those we serve. It is vital and of paramount importance that we are a positive force for good as we work to support all of Americas veterans. When I was young Momma taught me the importance of learning and practicing good habits. She explained that we were going to develop habits, so it was very important to develop good habits instead of bad ones. If you are like me, and I suspect you are, whenever you go to church or someplace that you visit often, you get in the car, go on autopilot and the rst thing you know you are there. But, one day you jump in the car, and off you go with a different destination in mind, but still end up at church, or maybe you didnt get quite to church and remembered you were supposed to be going to pick up medicine at CVS. Drat! Habits! Good habits, however, never fail us. Always being courteous, always being thankful, always being gracious are habits that are appreciated and keep our discourse on an even keel and well lubricated. Momma taught me that I should always address my seniors with proper respect and as it turns out doing the same for juniors is equally important. She taught me that if I had any serious issues with a playmate that I should always discuss it with her, and I always did. Momma had a way of working things out with my playmates mom, and before I could get back outside to play, things were already better. Whenever I asked Momma for something, and she told me no I discovered early on that it wasnt a good idea to go around her to try to get Daddy to change her mind. If I wanted something, I always went to Momma, and from time to time she would tell me that she had to talk it over with Daddy. That usually wasnt a good sign, but once they made a decision it was fair and, I might add, rm. Through the years, I learned the more I respected their decisions and guidance, the better we all got along. It works pretty much the same in our Auxiliary family. We have leaders at each level and take our issues to them for resolution. We always work out our problems at all levels whether it is unit, department, region or national and we work through that chain to resolve issues, make requests or voice opinionsand we always do it with respect and courtesy. This way no one steps on anothers toes, communications are improved, responsiveness is enhanced, decisions can be rendered without unnecessary delay and we have a smooth-running operation. To this end, I urge each of us to: Encourage one another Build one another up Be at peace with one another Seek to do good to one another Rejoice at the successes and/or achievements of others Pray for one another by name and In everything give thanks. Thomas Jefferson wrote, The God who gave us life, gave us liberty at the same time. We have come a long way since Jefferson wrote those words, we have a rich history, diverse heritage and are blessed to be Americans! God bless you and may his peace be with you and your families. A S I SIT HERE WRITING THIS my thoughts are focused on the multitude of different roads we traveled to arrive where we are at this moment in life, and how the stream or ood, as the case may be, of life events and experiences combine to form our attitude(s) toward one another and the world around us. Mommas Lessons in Leadership Auxiliary


January/February 2018 PURPLE HEART MAGAZINE41 Military Order of the Purple Heart Viola Programc/o Robert Connor 65 Winthrop St N, St. Paul, MN 55119 Phone 612-369-6491 Enclose payment in full making checks payable to:MOPH Viola ProgramPrices include shipping & handling. Orders cannot be sent to a Post Of ce Box. VIOLAS AND GRAVE MARKERS Violas, assembled per 1,000 . . . . . . . . . . $125.00 Viola Donation Cans per 12 . . . . . . . . . . . 20.00 Additional can labels each . . . . . . . . . . . . 00.12 Window Display Cards 50 . . . . . . . . . . . . 16.00 Grave Marker (Bronze) . . . . . . . . . . . . . 65.00 Purple Heart Apron . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 20.00Payment in full must be received before order may be shipped. A U X I L I A R Y NATIONAL OFFICERS 2017-2018 PRESIDENT GLORIA SANCHEZ (Washington) 2229 Gates Dr. Tallahassee, FL 32312 Phone: h 850-907-0442 c 850-212-3260 SR VICE PRESIDENT DIANE PETRINI (Joseph) Phone: 619-379-2513 JR VICE PRESIDENT CHERYL PEREZ PO BOX 120085 Chula Vista, CA 91912 Phone: c 619-426-5501 CHAPLAIN DAR SCHUFF (Lee) 742 Millbrook Dr. Neenah, WI 54956 Phone: 920-725-2780 SECRETARY Judy Fiddler (Mike) 1231 13th St. SE Massillon, OH 44646 Phone: 330-830-8769 TREASURER TRACY DERR (Doug) 21500 Nowlin St. Dearborn, MI 48124 Phone: 734-837-7412 MEMBERSHIP OFFICER/ WEBMASTER TARA WAUGH 190 E. Olmstead Dr. C-12, Titusville, FL 32780 Phone: 321-307-0989 REGION I PRESIDENT SEE SR. VICE PRESIDENT DIANE PETRINI REGION II PRESIDENT CHRIS COLE (Jack) 1306 Lancaster NW Grand Rapids, MI 49504 Phone: c 616-240-7159 REGION III PRESIDENT SEE SR. VICE PRESIDENT DIANE PETRINI REGION IV PRESIDENT AMANDA FLENER (John) 220 El Harris Rd. Fitzgerald, GA 31750 Phone: 229-325-8106 REGION V PRESIDENT GWENDOLYN GILLIARD (Isaac) 102 Norland Ave. New Orleans, LA 70131 Phone: h 504-391-1127 c 504-481-1003 REGION VI PRESIDENT VICKY MANJARREZ (Ronald) PO Box 337 Pioneer, CA 95666 Phone: h 209-295-1611 c 408-691-0458 MARSHALL BARBARA BURR (Robert) 1680 Hanover Rd. Delaware, OH 43015 Phone: 740-369-0652 PARLIAMENTARIAN JAN KNAPP (Ron) P.O. Box 150, Six Lakes, MI 48886 Phone: 231-881-0735 PATRIOTIC INSTRUCTOR LINDA VAREJCKA (Jim) 450 Conestoga Ave. Hickman, NE 68372 Phone: h 402-792-2144 c 402-580-2549 SERGEANT-AT-ARMS LINDA VAREJCKA (Jim) 450 Conestoga Ave. Hickman, NE 68372 Phone: h 402-792-2144 c 402-580-2549 INSPECTOR SEE SENIOR VICE PRESIDENT DIANE PETRINI FINANCE I YEAR CAROL LANCE (Robert) 909 E. Lexington Ave. Gretna, LA 70056 Phone: 504-394-7305 FINANCE 2 YEAR (CHAIR) JAN KNAPP (Ron) P.O. Box 150, Six Lakes, MI 48886 Phone: 231-881-0735 FINANCE 3 YEAR MARY LIZ (M.L.) HYNES 4163 Cinnamon Run New Bern, NC 28562 Phone: 252-240-9672 FINANCE 4 YEAR TERI SHATTUCK (Bill) P.O. Box 84, Mio, MI 48647 Phone: 989-390-4956 COMMUNITY HOSPITAL VANESSA DUETT (Benny) 4807 13th St. Meridian, MS 39307 Phone: 601-483-5153 COMMUNITY SERVICES JOSEPHINE MAYS 1408 Greenwood Ave. Austin, TX 78721 Phone: 512-928-9238 HISTORIAN EVELYN MORRISON P.O. Box 441, Morven, GA 31638 Phone: 404-429-0326 MUSICIAN ARDIS KEIZER (Herman) 6875 Dale Hollow Dr. SE, Catedonia, MI 49316 Phone: 616-656-5956 PUBLIC RELATIONS BARB CHERONE (Rick) Phone: 262-424-4379 VAVS REPRESENTATIVE MOLLY WARE 3314 Hills Rd. Augusta, GA 30906 Phone: 706-294-2823 VAVS DEPUTY MARY JONES 816 Grace Ave. Hattiesburg, MS 39401 Phone: 601-545-8109 VIOLA CHAIR LISA JANISSE P.O. Box 490 Indian River, MI 49749 Phone: 231-437-4909


January/February 201842PURPLE HEART MAGAZINE Service National Sr. Vice Presidents Note by Diane PetriniI recently had the opportunity to learn about the Give an Hour organization. Give an Hour provides free mental health services to military members, veterans of any era and their loved ones. This includes parents, siblings, grandparents, unmarried partners and others affected by a loved ones service. It includes veterans and their families from all eras of service. The organization has created a national network of mental health professionals who provide free services across the country. Services are available in person, by phone and/or video counseling and may include free services of one hour a week for up to a year. A provider at Give an Hour will help you understand how you or your loved ones experiences are affecting your personal life and relationship, and to learn ways to cope. If you are interested in learning more about the Give an Hour organization, please visit the website: Mental health is part of the human condition. Its time we recognize how important our emotional well-being is for all of us.Dr. Barbara Van Dahlen, founder of Give an HourIt is imperative that we share resources that are available to us! As your Senior Vice President of the MOPHA, I pledge to do my best for the organization, its members, for our Patriots and all veterans. I look forward to having the opportunity to meet members, learn about all of the valuable contributions our units provide and continue to research and share services available to our members. It is such an exciting time for the Auxiliary! We now have the opportunity to increase our membership to include all parents, grandparents, spouses, widows, widowers, siblings, children and grandchildren of persons who have been awarded the Purple Heart. Please encourage your family members to join the MOPHA! M ENTAL HEALTH, INCLUDING SUICIDE PREVENTION, is so important to each of us. Healthy habits of emotional well-being include taking care of yourself, checking in with others, engaging with friends and family, learning to relax and relieve stress and recognizing the five signs of depression. What are the five signs of depression? They are as follows: not feeling like you; feeling agitated; being withdrawn; not caring for yourself and feeling hopeless. A Resource for Veterans of all Eras Auxiliary CHANGES AND SUBSCRIPTIONS Please send ADDRESS changes, DEATH of a Member & SUBSCRIPTIONS to: MOPH: MOPH National Headquarters 5413-B Backlick Road, Spring eld, VA 22151 Voice (703) 642-5360 Fax (703) 642-1841 MOPHA (Address & death changes) : Tara Waugh 190 E. Olmstead Dr. C-12, Titusville, FL 32780


January/February 2018 PURPLE HEART MAGAZINE43 A S ANOTHER NEW YEAR BEGINS, we are prone to make resolutions that may or may not have a chance of making it to the end of the month. Good intentions but, more likely, missed opportunities?? Here are some resolution opportunities for you to think about: May you always know how appreciated you are. May you never forget what a blessing youve become to a world that could use more people like you. May you reap the rewards of happiness. May your sunbeam always shine through. May love walk by your side. May friendship sing in your smile. May opportunity remember to knock on your door and surprise you once in a while. May your memories be ones that you wouldnt trade. May your hopes and dreams nd ways of coming true. GODISNOWHERE (God is no where) GODISNOWHERE (God is now here) You get to choose. Dont miss this opportunity! God bless you all! Be strong and courageous. Do not be terri ed. Do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go. Joshua 1:9 Auxiliary National Chaplain Looking Ahead A New Year, A New Opportunity by Dar Schuff MOPHA In Memoriam Reported Oct. 1 Nov. 30, 2017 * As reported to the MOPHA National Chaplain, per Bylaws Article VIII, Section 6 requirements Name DEPT Unit Deceased Name DEPT Unit DeceasedSarah JONES, Longwood FL CA 1898 21 April 2017 Ethyl KENES, Uniontown PA 390 22 October 2017 Doris MANLEY, Colorado Springs CO 423 23 November 2017 Dorothy NEWMAN, Wisconsin Rapids WI 164 20 October 2017 Dorothy STOHM, Debary FL 776 28 September 2017 Barbara TEAR, Wyandotte MI 127 9 October 2017 Let not your hearts be troubled; believe in God, believe also in me. In my Fathers house are many rooms; if it were not so, would I have told you that I go to prepare a place for you? John 14:1-2


January/February 201844PURPLE HEART MAGAZINE Service National Secretarys Note by Judy FiddlerYour Life Membership Verication is sent only to the Membership Ofcer between Aug. 1 and Oct. 1. Your nance report and 990 verication (received from the IRS) is due only to the National Treasurer between August 1 and October 1. Please do not send to the National Secretary. These are part of your rebate qualications. Dates for the 2018 Convention in Spokane, Washington, are: Travel on July 28 NEC on July 29 Convention Day 1 on July 30 Last day/banquet on August 2 Travel out on August 3 Enjoy your spring. A S THE NEW YEAR BEGINS, our attention is turned to the reports we le each year. This year there is a change in the due dates. All Installation reports are due to the National Secretary no later than May 31. Reports for the Chaplain, History, Community Hospital, Community Service, Patriotic/Americanism, Publicity, VAVS and Viola are due by May 15 to the Chairperson. Please do not send these to the National Secretary.Important Due Dates for 2018 Auxiliary The National Purple Heart Hall of Honor, located in New Windsor NY is the only facility in the nation dedicated to collecting, preserving and sharing the stories of our nations service men and women who have been killed or wounded by enemy action while serving in the United States military. We rely on family, friends and Purple Heart recipients to share their stories with us. We need your help to build the Roll of Honor database containing these stories. To learn more about the Hall of Honor, sharing your story and free enrollment please visit our website at: or call the National Purple Heart Hall of Honor at 845.561.1765. The Hall of Honor is part of the Palisades Interstate Park Commission which administers 27 parks, parkways and historic sites for the Office of Parks, Recreation & Historic Preservation in NY. ARE YOU ENROLLED ON THE ROLL OF HONOR at the National Purple Heart Hall of Honor?


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