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MAGAZINE Purple Heart September/October 2018NATIONAL COMMANDERDouglas Greenlaw


Purple Heart MagazineISSN: 0279-0653 September/October 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, September/October 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 I Commanders Brie ng 9 National Service Program Year in Review FYI 2017/2018 10 Faces of the Convention 18 2018 Publications Committee Awards 20 Suicide Is Our Greatest Enemy We Must Defeat It 22 A Forgotten American Hero 24 2018 Purple Heart Truck Run 26 Mail Call 27 The New MOPH @ the Board of Veterans Appeals 28 Mount Vernon Purple Heart Day 29 Marine Awarded Silver Star 30 News & Gatherings 40 MOPHA National Presidents Note 42 MOPHA National Sr. Vice Presidents Note 43 MOPHA National Secretarys Note 44 MOPHA Faces of the Convention 45 MOPHA National Chaplains Note and MOPHA In Memoriam 46 Taps Purple Heart 24 30 18 September/October 2018 Vol. LXXXIII, Number 5TABLE OF CONTENTS 22 September/October 2018 PURPLE HEART MAGAZINE3 10 Cover photograph by Les Radnor 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


September/October 20184PURPLE HEART MAGAZINE Our Mission is to stabilize the Order, together. Crisis is a temporary condition, when things will either get better or worse. We, together, are going to make the Order better! The team, under my leadership, will: Immediately address our funding problems; initiate a clear, realistic plan; communicate progress on a regular basis; defuse tension; let go of the past, focus on our future; request advice from the membership from a variety of sources, then make decisions based on the input. The truth will always be on our side as we always attempt to do the right thing. My three key tactics reside under the umbrella of the mission (strategy), and of course always following the bylaws of the Order. First, I plan to work with our Foundation to better manage current revenue streams. The cost of our current revenue is too high. I plan to look at those contracts and renegotiate in our favor. Secondly, I plan to put maximum focus on corporate funding, early on, in order to stop the bleeding. Third, I plan to construct a legacy subscription plan, expanding on the idea of subscribers supporting the MOPH for a small donation of $19.32 per month, a legacy program not directed to the membership but to the general public, via a national network TV program on the big four networks and national cable networks, similar to, but better than, the Wounded Warrior Project. We will have a celebrity endorsement-based outreach with high impact program content. This is a long-term plan that will do two things: 1. Bring fresh revenue to the Order (40K subs per month equals over $9M per year. Do the math. I project by the end of the third year of this subscription program we should expect to achieve 100K subs per month) 2. Additionally, the program will promote our efforts and brand of the MOPH as we enjoy the massive reach of the TV content across America. The plan is to be on air by mid-fourth quarter of 2018. I will introduce an Internet blog or podcast that will be used to transmit timely and accurate MOPH information to the Order. Pertinent information will be constantly updated. I will also be working on a pro-bono plan for the development or the reinvention of our MOPH website. Please pray for us, brothers and sisters. The horizon is clearly dened and the outlook is good, very good. I will be in touch quite often. M ERE WORDS ARE HARD TO FIND when trying to describe my feelings upon winning the election, and the fact that I am provided the privilege to lead the Order over the next year, gaining stability and success. I thank my brothers and sisters for this honor. I am excited, motivated and highly trained to engage this difcult mission and to coursecorrect quickly. As the leadership team for 2018-19 takes their positions and moves forward, you will witness positive change.Updating the Mission: Three Key Tactics by Douglas Greenlaw National Commanders Brieng


MILITARY ORDER OF THE PURPLE HEART OF THE U.S.A NATIONAL OFFICERS 2018-2019 NATIONAL COMMANDERDOUGLAS GREENLAW CELL: (864) 884-6760 douglasgreenlaw@aol.comNATIONAL SENIOR VICE COMMANDERFELIX GARCIA III CELL: (386) 793-8065 srvicecmdrmoph@gmail.comNATIONAL JUNIOR VICE COMMANDER RICK CHERONE CELL: (262) 786-9663 hit67dt@yahoo.comCOMMANDER REGION I CHARLES J EGGLESTON CELL: (301) 332-7053 kingcharles777@gmail.comCOMMANDER REGION IIJOHN D. DISMER CELL: (417) 848-1888 jdismerjd@aol.comCOMMANDER REGION IIIBARRY GASDEK CELL: (307) 399-0545 barry.gasdek@gmail.comCOMMANDER REGION IVLENNY LAZZARA CELL: (252) 626-7046 lenny0713@yahoo.comCOMMANDER REGION VCHARLES W. ADKINS JR. CELL: (479) 263-6772 CDRMOPHRGNV@aol.comCOMMANDER REGION VIJAMES L ANDERSON CELL: (661) 805-7599 jimanderson.moph@yahoo.comNATIONAL FINANCE OFFICERANTHONY KOHL CELL: (513) 706-1390 HOME: (513) 385-3613 anthonykohl@purpleheart.orgNATIONAL JUDGE ADVOCATEWILLIAM BILL SUHRE CELL: (970) 381-0335 Judgeadvocate@purpleheart.orgNATIONAL INSPECTORRICHARD HUNT CELL: (407) 579-6190 obakesan@att.netNATIONAL SERGEANT-ATARMSGARY A. WITT CELL: (434) 258-1808 gary.witt@verizon.netNATIONAL FINANCE COMMITTEE CHAIRDENNIS WALLOT CELL: (734) 545-0934 WORK: (734)-595-6040 wallotd@aol.comNATIONAL ADJUTANT5413-B BACKLICK ROAD SPRINGFIELD, VA 22151-3960 WORK: (703) 642-5360 X: 119 FAX: (703) 642-1841 adjutant@purpleheart.orgNATIONAL SERVICE DIRECTOR5413-B BACKLICK ROAD SPRINGFIELD, VA 22151-3960 WORK (703) 642-5360 X: 103 FAX: (703) 642-1841 servicedirector@purpleheart.orgNATIONAL LEGISLATIVE DIRECTORALEKS MOROSKY 5413-B BACKLICK ROAD SPRINGFIELD, VA 22151-3960 WORK (703) 642-5360 X: 117 FAX: (703) 642-1841 aleksmorosky@purpleheart.orgNATIONAL PUBLIC RELATIONS DIRECTORPHONE: (703) 642-5360 publicrelations@purpleheart.orgNATIONAL VETERANS ADVOCACY GROUP REPRESENTATIVEKRISTIN BECK CELL: (701) 202-7720 valor4us@gmail.comNATIONAL SURGEONRICHARD B. SMALL CELL: (702) 513-0215 HOME: (702) 233-4410 Richardandshirley@netzero.netNATIONAL CHAPLAINJAMES MILLER PH: (803) 755-0304 Jmi2609470@aol.comNATIONAL POW/MIA COORDINATORROBERT G. CERTAIN CELL: (770) 639-3313 eagle@unchainedeagle.comNATIONAL VAVS DIRECTORDEL BULLDOG TURNER HOME: (256) 837-3474 FAX: (256) 837-3474 so he can hook it up) dplusk@aol.comNATIONAL SUICIDE AWARENESS PROGRAM OFFICERCATHERINE SHAW CELL: (843) 814-3760 DIRECTOR MOPH MEDAL RECOVERY PROGRAMZACHARIAH L FIKE CELL: (315) 523-3609 PURPLEheartsreunited@gmail.comNATIONAL AMERICANISM OFFICERWILLIAM J. ROUSH CELL: (269) 804-9126 HOME: (269) 945-2605 NATIONAL ROTC OFFICERROGER NEWALL CELL: (505) 610-1533 roger_newall@msn.comPURPLE HEART LEGACY & TRAILCOORDINATOR MATT BRIDGES CELL: (229) 569-0915 NATIONAL HISTORIANDALE WILSON HOME: (808) 756-0935 docdale6@gmail.comNATIONAL WELFARE / HOMELESS VETERANS OFFICERJAMES G. HOLLAND III CELL: (850) 545-9576 Jholl44122@aol.comNATIONAL VIOLA CHAIRMANROBERT BOB CONNOR CELL: (612) 369-6491 WORK: (651) 227-4456 FAX: (651) 290-0624 bconnor@mtn.orgNATIONAL PUBLICATIONS COMMITTEE CHAIRNICK MCINTOSH HOME: (812) 944-3562 CELL: (502) 494-0256 NATIONAL ASSISTANT SERGEANT-AT-ARMSGUS WITTSCHACK CELL: (214) 551-4946 guswitts7929@att.netNATIONAL BYLAWS COMMITTEE CHAIRJAMES L ANDERSON CELL: (661) 805-7599 jimanderson.moph@yahoo.comNATIONAL SCHOLARSHIP COMMITTEE CHAIR PENDING POST 9-11 RECRUITMENT COMMITTEEWILLIAM NAZARIO (CHAIR) (914) 584-9301 JOHN FLENER CELL: (229) 425-8770 CHRIS VEDVICK CELL: (910) 366-2836 CHARLES EGGLESTON CELL: (301) 332-7053 CHAR GATLIN CELL: (703) 785-8697 DAVID ANDERSON CELL: PENDINGMAILING ADDRESS:MILITARY ORDER OF THE PURPLE HEART NATIONAL HEADQUARTERS 5413-B BACKLICK ROAD SPRINGFIELD, VA 22151-3960 PH: 703-642-5360 FAX: 703-642-1841 WEBSITE: www.purpleheart.orgNEWS, PHOTOS & ARTICLES:EDITOR PURPLE HEART MAGAZINE RAELYNN MCAFEE TO: MagazineEditor@purpleheart.orgMAGAZINE COMMENTS:TO: MEMBER NOTIFICATIONS (Address changes, obituaries, subscriptions)TO:


September/October 20186PURPLE HEART MAGAZINE To the national leadership, both elected and appointed; region and department commanders, a thank you to each one of you, as you have been instrumental in my development and growth. Now, to the chapters and members of the Order who are the backbone of our organization: You are the true reason that any one of us is at our current position. I salute each of you. Lets get to work on strengthening our organization. This past year, I have been learning and studying each of you. I have focused on leadership and professionalism. This year we will continue to adhere, and I want to add the following and take measure at our next national convention, in Branson, Missouri. First, we need to go back to the basics of Americanism. There are many definitions and the political one is not one of them for my endeavors. Less than 1 percent of Americans serve in the Armed Forces. We must ask ourselves why? In World War II, neighborhoods served in defense of our Lady Liberty. The wars that followed were challenging but the draft was the common bond between those that served. I want to recognize and thank those who served in the wars in between Vietnam and 9/11. But, shortly after the infamous day on September 11, 2001, the world and, more importantly, Americans rose to defend our land from enemies both foreign and domestic. My generation rose to the challenge and went off to Afghanistan and Iraq to ensure and protect the preservation of peace with blood and lives. Currently, the military faces drastic challenges in recruiting and retaining soldiers, sailors, Coasties, Marines and airmen. Again, why? We need to engage the public with leadership and compassion and demonstrate the honor it is to serve in the profession of arms. I challenge each of you to assist in your communities, churches, schools, etc. We must take the lead role in bringing back the values of Americanism to our youth that once was commonplace. Secondly, exposure of the Military Order of the Purple Heart needs to be high on our priority list. Veteran Service Organizations membership and participation are at all-time low. So, lets do something about it. We need to brand ourselves to let the public know what we are all about. Engage at the local grocery, malls, automotive, any establishment. We dont need to emphasize our war stories. Rather, express the pride and rewarding experiences that we have all shared. Also, we need to engage the media at the local level, then bring it to national. You all are doing amazing ambassadorship within your local communities, so lets make it public via social media, local paper and radio, and again let national know so that we can expose and grow. Thirdly, I want each of you to become a spokesperson for our organization. We all have stories that many can P ATRIOTS, WOW! And thank you! Christina, Thalia, Alyssa, John and I personally extend our sincere gratitude for allowing me to continue as MOPHs National Senior Vice Commander. I want to thank the entire leadership team for aiding and navigating me through this difcult and rewarding year. The mentorship has been phenomenal, and this year will be that of right-hand leadership to the national commander and you.Thank You! Now, Lets Get to Work! by Felix Garcia National Sr. Vice Commanders Brieng


September/October 2018 PURPLE HEART MAGAZINE7 T HOSE OF US WHO SERVED in Vietnam rarely heard Thank you for your service from any but the small circle of our families. In recent years, those same ve words are spoken regularly to anyone in uniform and any one of us who is identi ed as a veteran. My concern then was that we were ostracized by an ungrateful nation. My concern today is that our newest warriors and veterans are welcomed with empty words without the substance of reintegration into American society. Men and women of faith, indeed all citizens of this great nation, are called to embrace, support and uphold our warriors, our veterans and our families who have fought for freedom and a secure life. The MOPH has an honorable and long heritage, as well as a unique opportunity, to welcome veterans and to assist them in adjusting to civilian life, changed circumstances and social and spiritual disorientation. Many will be returning to what we experience as normative American life for the rst time since they initially donned the uniform of this nation. When they do, they will bring substantial skills, virtues and insights that the civilian world needs. Every MOPH chapter needs to have an active outreach to these men and women, to invite them into fellowship and leadership. Get to know them, their joys and their sorrows, their hopes and disappointments. We can connect them with employers, counselors, Veteran Service Of cers and others in our community who can ease their transitions. Let us work to mobilize the community to serve those who have served us. They are on the way. Reach out to welcome them home. Bring them all the way back. National Chaplains Brie ng by Robert Certain Thank You for Your Serviceonly dream of. So, I ask you to share. Write it or record it and, most importantly, share. Start on why you decided to join the military. If you were drafted, tell us your feelings. Were you scared? Having enlisted in an all-volunteer force, I will understand receiving a draft notice. Share your feelings. Given this, I will work with the national commander on developing a podcast to preserve and share our stories with other like-minded media organizations. Public relations will be one of my closest allies to ensure that all understand the true meaning of the Military Order of the Purple Heart. It is not your average Veteran Service Organization. Patriots and family, the surreal feeling hasnt dissipated, having been elected as your National Senior Vice Commander. Again, I want to personally thank each of you for your endorsement and con dence. I assure you that I wont fail you and this year will be the foundation for the continued growth, success, and exposure of the Military Order of the Purple Heart. All Gave Some, Some Gave All. Peace. 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


September/October 20188PURPLE HEART MAGAZINE Now is the time to make changes and implement lasting revenues that will sustain us and those that come after us for the foreseeable future. I personally understand pain and sacri ces that is required of members of the Armed Forces. I have fought for the betterment of servicemembers lying in the beds of turmoil while awaiting the proper care and treatment that we deserve. Now is the time that we need you (members of the Order) to bond and move forward. These past few years have been challenging in the sense that we made progress, but we havent propelled where we need to be. I have served on the NEC for many years, and I hold myself accountable as well. However, at this Spokane convention, I knew that the Order was my priority to ensure survivability and lethality. I ask each one of you reading this magazine to lend me your ears and more importantly your talent in every region. There is a multitude of experience and aptitude that can save us from ourselves. Note that I am writing to every Patriot, not solely to those in Region I. I give thanks to every Patriot from Maine to Virginia on the East Coast that I will faithfully serve. But we will be the lead in bonding and bringing back the sister/brotherhood that we all have earned. Region I, thank you for giving me your trust, and now I entrust in you for change to the betterment of this organization that has bond us in blood and creed. I do ask each of you in Region I to rebrand this beloved Order to the public and pride that Purple Heart that you earned! Now, I challenge each colleague as region commanders for us to bond and communicate our achievements, challenges and more importantly the good that we bring so all may read. I will end with a warm thanks of gratitude to the friendly faces that I have so missed when we meet once a year. And to the new faces that I have just befriended, I challenge you to assist us in rebranding. Patriots, Ladies, Gentlemen, and those reading this message: I am an American, ghting in the forces which guard my country and our way of life. I am prepared to give my life in their defense. Article I, Code of Conduct for Members of the United States Armed Forces. We would do it all over again! Soldiers, Marines, Sailors, Coasties, Airmen, and Guard. I T WAS AN HONOR AND PLEASURE seeing you in Spokane, Wash. First, I want to extend a Godspeed to the outgoing leadership. You have made an impact for change and we will continue the charge. To the newly elected of cers and National Commander, we need to go into afterburner mode and propel the Order above all others. For those attending, did you feel the energy and change for the betterment of the Order and Auxiliary?Now Is the Time When We Need to Move Forward by Charles Eggleston Region I Commanders Brie ng


September/October 2018 PURPLE HEART MAGAZINE9 A S WE BEGIN A NEW YEAR I look back at the challenges and opportunities the National Service Program (NSP) was faced with during the past year. The focus of the early 2017-18 year was to solidify the National Service Program, address staf ng issues and implement program ef ciencies. Despite the previous budget and staf ng cuts, emphasis was placed on replacing administrative support with trained NSOs and providing the NSOs with training and tools needed to help them perform at higher levels. The management structure was modi ed, with new titles, added responsibilities as well as new geographic boundaries. We went from six regions to three area designations. Progress was being made until we were advised there were nancial issues and the NSP was in jeopardy. Subsequently, the closure plan was withdrawn when we received notice of the reduced grant. The National Service Program took the majority of the cuts and NSOs fearing for their jobs and security started applying for other positions. The damage has been done. We have lost trained resources which we cannot afford to replace and we have lost access to valuable real estate at the Department of Veterans Affairs locations. There is continued emphasis on Team Building, Planning, Cost Controls and Training. NVLSP provides legal services, which was expanded to assume MOPH representation at the Department of Veterans Affairs Board of Veterans Appeals, consultation and national training support for the NSP. Communications relative to funding for the National Service Program resulted in the Four Phase NSP Closure Plan. The National Commander put the Closure Plan on hold and deferred any action pending resolution PH Foundation funding issues. The NSP Closure Plan was rescinded. Unfortunately, there was an impact. We lost trained NSOs and access to key locations. I will continue to work with the MOPH Leadership Team and the Area Managers on program optimization and ef ciencies. Fundraising is still a major issue and I encourage the Area Managers to work with local MOPH Departments and Chapters to identify potential sources of funding, state grants, donations (no direct solicitations from Veteran clients) or contributions from departments and chapters. However, we will continue to look at our locations, functions and resources. Changes will be made where it is economically bene cial to do so. The relative impact is re ected in our current status and performance results: NSOs: 67 Vacancies: 16 Locations: 69 Inactive: 12 Area Mgrs. : 3 Ex. Asst. : 1 BVA: 1 Admin Asst.: 1 Vacant Locations: Nashville, Syracuse, Martinsburg, Baltimore, Cleveland, Cincinnati, Delaware, Salt Lake City, Spokane, Loma Linda, San Diego, Hawaii Veterans Served: 131,949 Total Claims Filed: 11,599 Total Awards: $196,993,614.69 Appeals: 375 As we start the new budget year it is my intent for the National Service Program to continue to focus on our mission to provide quality service to veterans and their families. The program will continue to pursue ef- ciencies, optimizations and cost savings while providing our team, our valued employees, with the training, tools and support they need to perform their duties. We will also be looking for revenue opportunities where feasible. The challenges are real but I am optimistic that with good leadership, a concerted effort and a business approach to managing our assets, we can overcome these challenges. by Angelo Wider, National Service Director National Service Program Year in Review FY2017/2018


September/October 201810PURPLE HEART MAGAZINE Faces of the ConventionSPOKANE WA JULY 30 AUGUST 3T HE 86TH ANNUAL CONVENTION of the Military Order of the Purple Heart (MOPH) and the 85th National Convention of the MOPH Auxiliary (MOPHA) concluded on Friday, August 3, in Spokane, Wash., with the election of new of cers for the upcoming year. Patriot Douglas J. Greenlaw, a combat-wounded veteran from Greenville, S.C., was elected as National Commander. Elected as National Senior Vice Commander was Patriot Felix Garcia, a combat-wounded veteran from Sugarland, Tex., and Patriot Richard A. Cherone, a combat-wounded veteran from New Berlin, Wisc., was elected as National Junior Vice Commander. Elected as President of the Military Order of the Purple Heart Auxiliary was Diane Petrini of San Diego, Calif. Elected as Senior Vice President was Cheryl Perez of Chula Vista, Calif., and Amanda Flener of Fitzgerald, Ga., was elected as Junior Vice President. Among the highlights of this years convention was the opening address by Washington State Governor Jay Inslee, who welcomed the Purple Heart recipients, Associate Members and Auxiliary Members to Washington, and informed the convention delegates about services recently enacted and those planned for veterans in the State of Washington. Other distinguished speakers included David Condon, Mayor of Spokane, Al e Alvarado-Ramos, Director of Washington State Department of Veterans Affairs, and the Hon. Donald M. Benton, Director of the U.S. Selective Service System. During the Convention, National Conventions of the MOPH and MOPHA Conclude with Election of Patriot Douglas Greenlaw as National Commander and Diane Petrini as National President National Senior Vice Commander Felix Garcia, National Commander Douglas Greenlaw and National Junior Vice Commander Richard Cherone National of cers being sworn inCONVENTION PHOTO COVERAGE BY JOHN BIRCHER, LES RADNOR AND CHRISTOPHER VEDVICK


September/October 2018 PURPLE HEART MAGAZINE11 Faces of the Convention MOPH National Service Of cers presented skits that portrayed a number of dif cult issues facing veterans in their VA claims. The election of Patriot Greenlaw, who is the recipient of the Silver Star, two Bronze Stars with Valor Device, and two Purple Heart medals for his action during the Vietnam War, brings a vast knowledge and experience in media management and venture capital nance to the position of National Commander. Upon assuming leadership of the Order, Patriot Greenlaw said, I cannot put into words the honor it is to be elected by my peers as the National Commander of the Military Order of the Purple Heart, representing our countrys combat-wounded, Purple Heart recipients. The Purple Heart, our nations oldest military decoration, rst presented by General George Washington during the Revolutionary War, is the most meaningful military medal to me. I am honored to help the Order march into a challenging future and complex culture as we continue to assist our countrys military veterans every day. Speaking to the convention, the newly elected Senior Vice Commander, Patriot Felix Garcia, a combat-wounded veteran of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, said, I am honored to be given the privilege of serving in the leadership of such a great organization of veterans, each of whom gave his or her blood for our nations freedoms. Patriot Richard Cherone was elected as National Junior Vice Commander and upon taking the oath of of ce, Patriot Cherone said, I am honored that I was given the vote of con dence by the membership to help lead the Order. I am looking forward to a productive year as I work closely with the membership and the National Commander. Upon her election as President of the MOPH Auxiliary, Diane Petrini said, I am honored and humbled to be elected the National President of the MOPHA. The MOPHA is a wonderful organization and we all joined for the same reasonto support our Patriots. I look forward to working with our members throughout the nation as we strive to become more family-oriented and meet the needs of our members and Patriots. My goals for next year include reaching out to both our Senior Heroes as well as our post-9/11 veteran families. Patriot Larry Leighton, Adjutant of the Department of Arizona, was named the MOPH Patriot of the Year. As a U.S. Army Artillery Forward Observer in Vietnam, he was wounded during a night assault on December 12, 1970, and was awarded the Purple Heart. After more than 28 years of service, he retired as a Colonel on June 30, 1996. Patriot Leighton is actively involved in the Military Order of the Purple Heart and now serves as Adjutant of the Department of Arizona and is an active member of MOPH Arizona Chapter 691. In 2012, his dedicated service to the community in which he lives and the veterans he serves, was recognized when Patriot Leighton was named Grand Marshal of the Phoenix, Ariz., Veterans Day parade. Patriot Justin Burdette, a combat-wounded, double amputee from Palm Bay, Fla., was presented the keys to a Ford F-150 truck that made a 7,800-mile trip across America as the 2018 Purple Heart Truck Run. There to accompany Burdette as he received the truck was his wife Beth and son Cory. Burdette was also the driver of the truck for the rst two-week leg of the trip and had previously driven in the 2017 Purple Heart Truck Run. For the past three years, the trucks were donated to MOPH by the Wounded Warriors Family Support Foundation. Newly elected Auxiliary of cers National Senior Vice President Cheryl Perez, National President Diane Petrini and National Junior Vice President Amanda Flener


September/October 201812PURPLE HEART MAGAZINE Faces of the ConventionSPOKANE WA JULY 30 AUGUST 3Region II PAUL L PICKART Chapter 777 MIA/POW, Des Moines, Iowa DRAFTED MARCH 1968 into the U.S. Army, Patriot Paul Pickart served in the Republic of Vietnam Dec. 1968-Dec. 1969 while assigned to the 247th Medical Detachment (HA) Dustoff unit, serving IV Corp in support of the 9th Infantry Division. Pickart was wounded April 15, 1969, as patient protector when picking up two injured Army Infantryman from a night patrol from two VC who shot an RPG into the right skid of his helicopter. After an honorable discharge in March 1971, Pickart returned home to Cedar Rapids, Iowa, where his U.S. Postal Service position, prior to being drafted, was waiting for him. He is still working for the U.S. Postal Service after more than 50 years of service. Pickart joined the MOPH and Chapter 777 in May 2009. He was appointed Chapter Adjutant and is currently still serving in this position. Pickart has also served in chapter and department of Iowa Junior, Senior, and Commander positions, along with several other positions at the department and region levels. Dedicated to the mission of the MOPH, Pickart enters numerous community parades each summer, visits the Iowa Veterans Home monthly, organizes viola sales, attends civic functions and speaks to Boy and Girl Scouts about patriotism. Pickarts spouse Dixie is MOPHA Unit 777 President to round out a true Purple Heart family. Region III KEITH WITTNEBEL Rogue Valley Chapter 147, Medford, Ore. KEITH WITTNEBEL ENLISTED in the U.S. Navy upon graduating from high school on deferred entry in the spring of 1968. After boot camp and Radioman A School, he was sent to Mare Island for riverboat training. Wittnebel was sent in country July 1969, and assigned to River Assault Squadron 15, where he lived and served aboard Armored Troop Carrier 39. Wittnebel was wounded on March 30, 1970, on the Vam Co Tay River when he came under re. Upon returning stateside he was sent to the Little Creek Amphibious Base in Virginia to serve aboard the USS Wood County LST 1178. In two years, he participated in two NATO cruises and time in a dozen European countries. They said join the Navy and see the world and Wittnebel saw a lot of it. As a retired electrician, he spent 20 years as a construction electrician and 20 years as a traf c signal electrician in the Medford, Ore., public works department. Wittnebel is currently serving his second term as Commander of Rogue Valley Chapter 147, second term as Jr. Vice Commander of the Department of Oregon, and newly appointed Department Adjutant. He previously served as Chapter Finance Of- cer, Sr. Vice Commander, and Department Chief of Staff. Wittnebel consistently reaches out to the community to nd ways to help the veterans in his area. He exempli es the meaning of combat-wounded veterans helping veterans, their families and the Military Order of the Purple Heart. Region IV RICHARD ALLEN Aaron A. Weaver Chapter 776, Lecanto, Fla. PATRIOT RICHARD ALLENS SELFLESS and diligent dedication to his fellow Patriots, Chapter 776 and the Department of Florida, singularly distinguish him as a Patriot fully devoted to the Military Order of the Purple Heart. During the past year, Patriot Allens leadership and commitment have been instrumental to the chapters sustained membership growth, increased revenue in support of the chapters charitable endeavors, and expansion of the chapters designation of Purple Heart entities. His personal commitment and leadership example has enabled the chapter to be the top fundraiser for the past six years in support of the departments annual 50/50 drawing. During the past three years, Patriot Allen has served as a Department of Florida of cer in the key staff positions of Chief of Staff and Chief Financial Of cer. As the Chief of Staff since 2015, Patriot Allens meticulous attention to detail, open lines of communications and tireless efforts have been instrumental to greatly improving staff communications, coordination and ef cacy. Since joining the ranks of Chapter 776 in 2008, Patriot Allen has Region II Region III2018 REGION PATRIOTS OF THE YEAR Region IV


September/October 2018 PURPLE HEART MAGAZINE13 Faces of the Convention NATIONAL PATRIOT OF THE YEARLARRY LEIGHTON PATRIOT LARRY LEIGHTON WAS NAMED the MOPH Patriot of the Year at the National Convention this past August. Leighton has always led by example; he is indispensable, loyal, resourceful, trustworthy and, most of all, an asset to Chapter 691 and the Department of Arizona. Ever since joining Chapter 691 in 2014, Patriot Leighton has eagerly volunteered his time, talents, and personal nances for the bene t of fellow Patriots of our Order. Patriot Leighton is the one who sets high standards for all to follow and is deserving of the title of Patriot of the Year for chapter, department, region and national. willingly stepped forward and faithfully served as its Jr. Vice Commander, Sr. Vice Commander and Commander. During his tenure as Commander since 2012, he has been a driving force in promoting the chapters public visibility and raising it to new heights of communitywide recognition and respectability. Epitomizing lead by example, Patriot Allen is a faithful participant of all chapter activities and community events and is always the rst to volunteer for ad hoc committees or special projects. Patriot Allens dedicated leadership, faithful support and noteworthy initiative have contributed immeasurably to earning the communitys respect for Chapter 776 and promoting the proud legacy of the Purple Heart, the Order, the Department of Florida and Chapter 776. Region V RALPH CARDER FERGUSON Border City Chapter 587, Fort Smith, Ark. RALPH CARDER FERGUSON ENLISTED in the U.S. Army in June 1985 as a PFC in the Infantry and graduated One Station Unit Training at Fort Benning, Ga., September 1985. Ferguson served in the Active Army and Arkansas National Guard for 22 years in numerous units throughout his career. Sergeant Ferguson served two combat tours of duty in Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom and received numerous awards for his service. Ferguson has spent a lot of his time after he was injured in Iraq helping several veterans organizations. He is currently the Military Order of the Purple Heart Chapter 587 Adjutant, Finance Of cer and Chaplain, as well as the Department of Arkansas Finance Of cer. Ferguson has been a Veterans Affairs Volunteer Service Representatives at the Fayetteville VA Hospital for over 10 years. In the community, Ferguson is a volunteer leader in the Westark Area Boy Scouts and within his church. He also personally sponsors a homeless veteran who had been living on the Arkansas River for the past 23 years. Ralph Carder Ferguson is married to Andrea Ferguson, his wife of 29 years from Fort Smith, Ark. They have two children, Taylor Bochat of Texas and Jacob Ferguson at Fort Campbell, Ky. Region VI LARRY LEIGHTON Michael E. Mahoney Chapter 691, Surprise, Ariz. AS A U.S. ARMY ARTILLERY Forward Observer in Vietnam, he was wounded during a night assault on December 12, 1970, and was awarded the Purple Heart. Leighton served more than 28 years prior to retiring in 1996. Leighton is the driving force behind the Purple Heart Trail in Arizona. He was instrumental in recruiting nine Purple Heart Cities and assisted in recognizing 15 Purple Heart Counties. Leighton was also given the task, by the Department Executive Committee, to create a Department-sponsored 501 (c) (3) with the Internal Revenue Service. The Purple Heart Combat Wounded Veterans of Arizona was approved on June 1, 2017. He was diligent in formulating this account for all of the Arizona chapters, and the department, to receive donations from outside sources. Leighton is actively involved in the Military Order of the Purple Heart and now serves as Adjutant of the Department of Arizona and is an active member of MOPH Arizona Chapter 691. In 2017, his dedicated service to the community in which he lives and the veterans he serves, was recognized when Patriot Leighton was named Grand Marshal of the Phoenix, Ariz., Veterans Day parade. Region V Region VI


September/October 201814PURPLE HEART MAGAZINE Faces of the ConventionSPOKANE WA JULY 30 AUGUST 3 Pictures from Top Left Clockwise: 1. Patriot Joe Petrini, Patriot George Waller, MOPHA National Chaplain Barbara Waller, MOPHA National SVP Cheryl Perez, and MOPHA NP Diane Petrini arriving at Spokane airport 2. Sylvania Wilkerson is capturing memories during convention 3 The lobby of the convention hotel 4. Robert Olivarez, Department of Washington Commander talks with Roger Newall, National ROTC Of cer 5. National Sergeant-At-Arms Gary Witt joins the Color Guard at the National Convention. Members of the Color Guard team are from Fairchild AFB Washington. (L to R) A1C Emily Martinez; SrA Moises Serrano; SrA Rafael Rodriguez; SrA Henry Castro 6. Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Spokane, Washington CONVENTION PHOTO COVERAGE BY JOHN BIRCHER, LES RADNOR AND CHRISTOPHER VEDVICK 1 2 3 5 6 4


September/October 2018 PURPLE HEART MAGAZINE15 Faces of the Convention Pictures from Top Left Clockwise: 1. Patriots gathered during the banquet at the end of convention 2. National Sergeant-at-Arms Ken Swords sat down on the convention oor for the rst time in 15 years. He challenged himself to always be ready to ful ll his duties as sergeant-at-arms. 3. MOPHA National President Diane Petrini and Past National President Gloria Sanchez 4. National Legislative Director Aleks Morosky and National Service Director Angelo Wider 5. Guest Speaker Hon. Donald M. Benton, Director of the U.S. Selective Service System 6. National Adjutant Frank Van Hoy 1 2 3 5 6 4


September/October 201816PURPLE HEART MAGAZINE Faces of the ConventionSPOKANE WA JULY 30 AUGUST 3 Pictures from Top Left Clockwise: 1. National Senior Vice Commander Felix Garcia and MOPHA National Senior Vice President Cheryl Perez 2. Past National Commander Neil Van Ess presenting Larry Leighton the National Patriot of the Year award 3. Banquet sel e opportunity taken by Chuck Adkins, Aleks Moroski, Matt Bridges, and Felix Garcia 4. Auxiliary Memorial Service participants, (L to R) Dar Schuff, National Chaplain; Karen Haltiner, Region III; Chris Cole, Regio n II; Janice Null, Region I; Amanda Flener, Region IV; Gwen Gilliard, Region V; Vicky Manjarrez, Region VI; President Gloria Sanchez 5. Past National Commander Neil Van Ess with wife Louisa Van Ess 6. National Public Relations Director John Bircher III CONVENTION PHOTO COVERAGE BY JOHN BIRCHER, LES RADNOR AND CHRISTOPHER VEDVICK 1 2 3 4 5 6


September/October 2018 PURPLE HEART MAGAZINE17 Faces of the Convention Pictures from Top Left Clockwise: 1. The banquet hall 2. Past National President Gloria Sanchez and Past National Commander Neil Van Ess at the banquet 3. MOPH National President Diane Petrini addresses the membership at the banquet 4. POW/MIA Table at the banquet 5. Sanchez family at the banquet 6. National Commander Doug Greenlaw addresses membership at the banquet 1 2 3 4 5 6


September/October 201818PURPLE HEART MAGAZINE 2018 Publications Committee Awards VICTOR F. KUBLY AWARD, BEST MAGAZINE ARTICLE Theory in Practice: Leadership Dr. David R. Andrews Purple Heart Magazine Mar./Apr. 2018 JOHN E. BINNION CHAPTER NEWSLETTER AWARD Chapters 150 or More Members Chapter 1919Austin, Texas JOHN E. BINNION CHAPTER NEWSLETTER AWARD Chapters 149 or Fewer Members Chapter 730Henderson, Nevada DEPARTMENT NEWSLETTER AWARD Department of Wisconsin Matthew Bridges 35 Kirkland Lane, Lakeland, GA 31635 Email: Charles Eggleston Email: National Commander Doug Greenlaw c/o Publications Committee, Newsletters 5413-B Backlick Rd, Spring eld, VA 22151 Email: Nick McIntosh 4112 Chapel Lane, New Albany, IN 47150 Email: Christopher Vedvick 329 Trellis Bay Drive, Saint Augustine, FL 32092 Email: Evaluation criteria are available upon request from Publications Committee Chairman: nnnrmc@gmail.comTO BE CONSIDERED FOR FUTURE AWARDS, please send Chapter or Department newsletters (paper or digital versions) to the Publications Committee members below:


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WHEN I ARRIVED AT RTB at Ft. Benning, Ga., a creed was physically and mentally instilled into me, much like many of you had to live by during your service. I nd that the Ranger Creed still guides me in many decisions from day to day. The fth stanza of the Ranger Creed simply states, Energetically will I meet the enemies of my country. I shall defeat them on the eld of battle for I am better trained and will ght with all my might. Surrender is not a Ranger word. I will never leave a fallen comrade to fall into the hands of the enemy and under no circumstances will I ever embarrass my country.September/October 201820PURPLE HEART MAGAZINE Patriots, it is time we energetically meet the enemy of our country. The greatest enemy facing our veterans and active duty today is suicide. Statistics have not changed and an average of 22 service members lose their lives to this enemy daily. On July 10, 2018, DOD released its annual suicide event report (DoDSER) for the 1st quarter of 2018. Eighty (80) active duty personnel died from suicide, up 5 from the 1st quarter of 2017. Eighteen (18) Reservist and 23 National Guard personnel died as a result of suicide. I will never leave a fallen comrade to fall into the hands of the enemy or, simply stated, Leave no man behind. Im sure each of you is already aware of the national statistics released from the VA in August 2017 showing statistics from 1979-2014. These statistics show that we have allowed our comrades to fall into the hands of this enemy for far too long. From January 1, 2014, through September 1, 2018, using the average of 22 suicides a day we have lost 37,488 of our comrades. That is equivalent to over 9% of the total killed in WWII, 102% of the total killed in the Korean War, 64% of those killed in the Vietnam War or 538% of those killed in OIF, OEF, OND, OIR and OFS combined. These statistics show that we have left our comrades to fall into the hands of this enemy. It is time we get proactive on this battle eld. I am better trained and will ght with all my might this line applies to all of us. Americas military has and will always be the best trained military in the world. It is time we ght with all our might. The rst step in this ght: Im asking you to take out your cell phone right now and save these numbers and names as shown. 1-800-273-8255 AA Veterans Suicide Crisis Line 1-800-959-8277 AA TAPS Tragedy Assistance Programs for Survivors The AA in front of the contact name will make sure they are the rst two in your contacts in case of emergency. For those of you that didnt take out your phone because you thought you didnt need that number, I hope youre right, but can you convince yourself that there is never a chance that a veteran you are sitting beside or talking to will need these numbers? YOU ARE NOT ALONEYou Are Not AloneYOU ARE NOT ALONEYOU ARE NOT ALONEYou Are Not AloneYou Are Not AloneYOU ARE NOT ALONEYOU ARE NOT ALONEYOU ARE NOT ALONEYou Are Not AloneYOU ARE NOT ALONEYou Are Not AloneYou Are Not AloneYOU ARE NOT ALONEYou Are Not AloneYou Are Not AloneYou Are Not AloneYOU ARE NOT ALONEYou Are Not AloneYou Are Not Alone Suicide Is Our Greatest EnemyWE MUST DEFEAT IT By John Flener


September/October 2018 PURPLE HEART MAGAZINE21 The second step is contacting your state legislators and asking them to introduce the Green Alert System in your state. This alert system will work the same as Amber Alert Systems already in place. Wisconsin passed this into law in March. Wisconsin SB 473, or 2017 Wisconsin Act 175, simply states; 2017 Wisconsin Act 175 requires the Department of Justice to allow law enforcement agencies to use its crime alert network to disseminate to broadcasters and outdoor advertisers reports of missing veterans at risk. A law enforcement agency that receives a report of a missing veteran at risk within 72 hours of the individuals disappearance must disseminate the report as quickly as practically possible if it determines that all of the following apply: There is reason to believe that the veteran at risk is missing due to his or her physical or mental health condition. There is suf cient information available to disseminate that could assist in locating the missing veteran. For purposes of the Act, a veteran at risk is a veteran or an active-duty member of the armed forces, the national guard, or the military reserve forces of the United States who is known, based on the information provided by the person making the report, to have a physical or mental health condition that is related to his or her service. Effective date : March 30, 2018 Prepared by : Michael Queensland, Senior Staff Attorney Why is this a great law? Currently, in several states anyone over 18 is not technically missing for 72 hours. While they will keep an eye out for the person they cant of cially ask the public for help looking until that 72 hours is up. A lot can happen in 72 hours. This gives law enforcement a tool they currently dont have. It allows them to utilize the same methods they already use in Amber and Silver Alerts. Taking that 72 hours out of the equation can and will save lives. Those veterans in crisis and their families need us to spread this information to all our Patriots, associates and Auxiliary members so that we all can start contacting our state senators to get this bill on the oor in all our states. This bill has gone to the oor in Georgia and is scheduled for North Carolina. Several other state senators have stated they want to see if it passes another state. Why? Twenty-two veterans a day are losing their lives to suicide. Why should we wait another minute and allow another comrade to fall into the hands of this enemy if we can possibly prevent it? 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? SOURCES: act175.pdf


September/October 201822PURPLE HEART MAGAZINE I was about to leave the cemetery when something told me to look to my right before leaving. The rst thing I saw was a small, well-kept headstone that said: OTTO EMIL VOIT MEDAL OF HONOR SAD SERG CO H 7 US CAV INDIAN WARS FEB 5, 1845 JUN 1, 1906. I was stunned. I had seen headstones for Medal of Honor recipients before, but not from the Indian Wars. Moreover, I had lived in Louisville all my life, but I had never heard of SAD SERG Voit, nor had I ever seen anything that connected Louisville to the Indian Wars. I knew of the 7th U.S. Cavalry Regiments involvement in the Battle of Little Big Horn, but I kept telling myself while I went home to search for his name on the Internet, No way. This couldnt have anything to do with the Battle of Little Big Horn. I was wrong. Saddler (his rank at the time; he retired as a Saddler Sergeant, as is listed on his headstone) Voit was awarded the Medal of Honor for an extraordinary story of bravery that occurred at the Battle of Little Big Horn. This story began in 1862 when 17-year-old Otto Voit immigrated from Baden, Germany, to Louisville to live with a brother. Voit enlisted in the Union Army in 1864 and fought during the Civil War. A trained saddle maker, he then transferred into the 7th U.S. Army Cavalry Regiment after the Civil War. The story of bravery that resulted in Voit receiving the Medal of Honor is remarkable, having taken place under some of the most desperate circumstances any soldier could possibly face. LTC George Custer divided the 7th U.S. Cavalry into four parts before the Battle of Little Big Horn on June 25-26, 1876. Maj. Marcus Renos battalion crossed the Little Big Horn and, as ordered, charged into the vast Indian village from the south. Substantially outnumbered, the soldiers moved into a line of timber near the river that offered a good defensive position but posed no offensive threat to the village. Reno decided to gather the troops in a clearing to retreat up the bluffs. Before the retreat could occur, a group of Indians broke through the timber, ring on the soldiers from about 30 feet away. One of the Indian scouts, Bloody Knife, was shot. A disorganized retreat up to the bluffs near Reno Hill occurred shortly thereafter with a third of Renos ghting force (over 30) killed. Cpt. Frederick Benteens battalion (which included H company, which Saddler Voit was a member of) joined Renos battalion. They were soon surrounded by an estimated 5-10,000 Sioux Indians who, unknown to the soldiers, had just annihilated Custers battalion. With about three hours of daylight remaining, the siege of Reno Hill had begun with so many Indians present that all of them could not get onto the eld of battle. Not only did the Indians vastly outnumber the soldiers, but they were also regarded at the time as the finest light infantry force in the world. By contrast, the U.S. soldiers were inexperienced in this I live in Louisville, Ky. I was walking in an unfamiliar part of town in April 2017, hoping to see some interesting things. I wasnt disappointed. A Forgotten American Hero by Steven A. EdwardsBluegrass Chapter 146 and the Department of Kentucky bring the story of a forgotten American hero to lightFINDAGRAVE.COM


kind of fighting and generally had inferior weapons. The soldiers were pinned down and unable to move on the evening of June 25th. At the same time, casualties continued to mount from Indian en lading re that seemed to come from nearly every direction. Two additional, and critically important, factors combined to make the soldiers desperate situation worse. One, the temperature was over 100 degrees on both days of the ght, and the dust and heat were overwhelming. Two, the soldiers came into the rst day of battle with very little water and were all either out or nearly out by midway through the rst day. The soldiers tried just about anything to deal with their thirst, but as bad as it was for the soldiers still able to ght, it was even worse for the wounded, whose pitiful wails for water grew as more and more soldiers became wounded during the battle. The soldiers on Reno Hill still able to ght were tormented by hearing their wounded wail for water all through the night. When dawn broke on June 26, the battle resumed once again, and the number of wounded continued to increase, as did the desperate need for an adequate supply of water to treat them. Cpt. Benteen decided around midday of the second day to send troop volunteers on a perilous mission down to the Little Big Horn River to obtain water for the wounded soldiers. The soldiers would have to cross large open areas exposed to Indian re. Benteen detailed four of the best marksmen in the unit (all German)Saddler Voit, Private Charles Windolph, Blacksmith Henry W.B. Mechlin and Sergeant George H. Geigerto protect the water carriers. They took an exposed position outside of defensive lines, drawing re away from the water-carriers and onto themselves, and putting out as much covering re as possible on the Indians below, who were ring on the water carriers. Saddler Voit and the other marksmen stood on the hill without cover and provided covering fire to protect the water carriers for a full 20 minutes! Thanks to the marksmen who exposed themselves to the threat of death, all the brave water carriers survived. All four of the German boys received the Medal of Honor. Voit remained in the Army until 1898, when he was discharged at Camp Grant, Ariz. He then returned to Louisville and lived there until he passed away in 1906 from in uenza. I did not know the story of Otto Voit. I also spent months talking to many people before I was able to nd one person who knew the story of Voits service and bravery. Perhaps Otto Voits story had not yet been made known by the time he died in Louisville in 1906. Maybe people did know of him, but his story has been forgotten in the 112 years since his death. Either way, it wasnt right that such a brave man is unknown in the city where he lived and is buried. I decided to honor Saddler Voit by applying for a Kentucky historical roadside marker to honor his burial site. After months of research, I submitted an application for the historical marker in excess of 100 pages to the Kentucky Historical Society (KHS). The KHS approved the application, setting up phase II of the project, raising $2,500 to fabricate the marker. At this point, my fellow Patriots of Chapter 146 of the Military Order of the Purple Heart and the Department of Kentucky, Military Order of the Purple Heart, met the challenge and made what could have been a problematic fundraising process easy for me by donating the entire $2,500 necessary to fabricate the marker. All that remains now is what should be a very memorable dedication ceremony honoring a true American hero, Saddler Sergeant Otto Emil Voit. September/October 2018 PURPLE HEART MAGAZINE23


September/October 201824PURPLE HEART MAGAZINE O N THE 18TH OF JUNE, a departure ceremony was held in Spring eld, Va., to launch the 2018 Purple Heart Truck Run on its 7,800-mile trip across America. The focus of the Purple Heart Truck is Mobility is Freedom, sponsored jointly by the Military Order of the Purple Heart and Wounded Warriors Family Support. In preparation for the run, members, chapters and departments across the country rallied to organize each stop along the way and welcome the Purple Heart Truck Run team to their communities. Prior to the Purple Heart Truck arrival in each city, Patriots appeared on local TV af liates and spoke with local media to talk about the Purple Heart Run and to invite other Veteran Service Organizations and the public to join them. Upon entering each area, the truck was most often greeted by an escort that took them through the town to their next stop. These escorts ranged from American Legion Riders and Patriot Guards to state troopers and police of cers. Each city and chapter welcomed the traveling truck with a special ceremony. Typically, each would host a demonstration of the modi cations to the truck that allow it to be driven by a paralyzed or amputee veteran, an explanation of the purpose of the Purple Heart Run and an introduction of the drivers. Participants were always invited to sign the truck and talk with the drivers about their experiences during the run. At several stops along the cross-country route, Purple Heart proclamations were announced. Cities, counties, businesses, an Air Force base and a baseball park were all designated Purple in recognition of and honoring all those that have been awarded the Purple Heart medal. Many locations also mounted Purple Heart parking signs within the community. Each stop along the route offered an opportunity for the community to come together and share a bit of their local avor with the truck team. A few of the highlights include stops at: 2018 Purple HeartTruck Run Launch in Spring eld, VA Philadelphia, PA Middle eld, MA Purple Heart Hall of Honor


September/October 2018 PURPLE HEART MAGAZINE25 Museum of the American Revolution in Philadelphia, Pa. Bell Cemetery in Middle eld, Mass., to pay homage to Sgt. Elijah Churchill, the rst recipient of the Badge of Merit on May 3, 1783 Appalachian Power Baseball Park in Charleston, W.V. Moody Air Force Base, Valdosta, Ga. National WWI Museum and Memorial in Kansas City, Mo. Intrepid Spirit Center, Camp Pendleton, Calif. Several Ford dealerships across the country Spokane, Wash., was the last stop on the 7,800-mile journey across America for the 2018 Purple Heart Truck Run. On Monday, July 30, the truck was greeted by about 300 Purple Heart recipients attending the MOPH National Convention. The keys to the truck were presented to Patriot Justin Burdette of Palm Bay, Fla., who was accompanied by his wife Beth and son Cory. Sergeant Burdette, U.S. Army (Ret.), a double amputee, was on his third deployment to Afghanistan in 2013 when his platoon received incoming mortar and rocket re while on a dismounted patrol in Wardak province. Sergeant Burdette was hit with a 107-mm. rocket, and the blast caused him to lose both legs below the knees. The 2018 Purple Heart Truck team would like to give special thanks to all the Patriots and Auxiliary m embers of the MOPH across the nation for all the planning, organizing and ful llment of events. Their gracious, heartfelt and welcoming treatment were truly appreciated! COMPLETE SITREPs for every stop along the entire Purple Heart Run are posted on the Military Order of the Purple Heart, USA Facebook page (@MOPHUSA) Charleston, WV Greenville, SC Branson, MO Idaho State Capitol Spokane, WA Bakers eld, CA Iverness, FL


September/October 201826PURPLE HEART MAGAZINE Honoring the Names on the Wall IN 1999, MY HUSBAND AND I visited the traveling wall. This year we were able to see the moving wall with our youngest son, Aaron, and our granddaughters, Katelyn and Alexi. I put pen to paper to try to describe the emotional experience of both visits.Lyn Neiding A Visit to the Wall I did not know what I would feel when I saw you standing there. Gratefulness overcame me for the silver in your hair. We went to pay respect for comrades with whom you served. We stood in front of the monument those many soldiers each deserved. Your heart lled with emotions as jets ew overhead. The hair rose up on your arms as you silently honored the dead. Sorrow lled my soul when I saw parents of those lost. And I realized that moment what our freedom really cost. Our sons would not be here, if when you answered the call, You had been lost in battle and your name was on the wall. September 2, 1999 Lyn Neiding Granddaughters at the Wall She touched each panel with her nger. Her tender heart took time to linger. She thought of Grandfathers and Grandmothers And all the many, many others Who did not live long enough to see their growing family tree. There was sadness on her sisters face As she looked with Grandpa at names in place. A Fifteen-year-old, how can it be? He lost his life only ve years older than me. She wondered why anyone goes to war. What did people kill each other for? Her and little sisters hearts were glad for Papa and Granddad. With Grandpas Purple Heart, scars and all, Thank you God, his names not on the wall. For Katelyn, age 10 Alexi, age 9 Daddy Aaron and Grandpa Don August 2018 Lyn Neiding Mail Call


September/October 2018 PURPLE HEART MAGAZINE27 What We Do: MOPH on the Board of Veterans Appeals has always worked extremely hard to achieve the best outcome for every veteran. Because BVA is the last court to provide de novo review before a new decision is made, our efforts in this of ce far exceed status quo. MOPHs BVA staff works diligently to employ the latest VA regulations and case law. We go above and beyond every veterans claim le, whether it be in the pursuit of more evidence or supporting research and case law. We represent veterans at in-person C.O hearings in Washington, D.C., before a Veterans Law Judge, and through written Informal Hearing Presentations (or IHPs). We use VA statistics and research tools to stay abreast with disposition information and patterns. We can see, for instance, that the board decides (remands are not actual decisions) on a majority of its cases. In essence, this means to us, most of the time veterans have an appeal where good argument can be made. Our duty is to prepare and present that good argument on behalf of the veteran. Who We Are: Britany Thomas MOPH Legal Assistant & National Service Of cer Britany Thomas has been with Military Order of the Purple Heart on the Board of Veterans Appeals (BVA) for ve years. She is an accredited service of ce who does not perform as a typical NSO, as Britany works speci cally at the appellate level and does not take new claims. She also assists a team of three NVLSP-MOPH attorneys in drafting briefs, performing administrative tasks, and directed research for appeals. Richard Spataro NVLSP-MOPH Attorney Alexis Ivory NVLSP-MOPH Attorney Michael Spinnichia NVLSP-MOPH Attorney The above three NVLSP (National Veterans Legal Service Program) attorneys are also accredited with Military Order of the Purple Heart through the Department of Veterans Affairs, and have teamed up with MOPH on the board as subject matter experts in veterans law to serve MOPH veterans at the appellant level more effectively and ef ciently. Improvements: Our veterans have everything to look forward to with our new NVLSP partnership and changes at BVA. NSOs and veterans ling appeals now have access to the very attorneys that train us at MOPH annual training. More importantly, our veterans now have the privilege of being represented by a few of the most knowledgeable persons in the eld of veterans law, at no cost to them. It should also be noted that these attorneys often represent our veterans at the higher court, Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims (CAVC) if they are denied at the board and wish to appeal. Since our [organization] changes at the Board of Veterans Appeals, we have been able to generate IHPs at a faster and more consistent rate. Having three subject matter experts in veterans law working on cases at once, we anticipate on seeing a new trend in MOPHs disposition stats at the board. as of July 1, 2017June 30, 2018 Neil Van Ess0366-NJ-1 67 John A Lunkwicz1513-TX-5 44 Ryan M Sabinish7110-MN-2 21 Joseph S Schaler0159-IL-2 20 Leonard Lazzara0639-NC-4 12 Kenneth L Teunissen5355-DK-3 8 Brian W Willette0875-MA-1 7 Charles W Adkins0460-AR-5 6 Tom Cunnin g ham0148-OH-2 6 Charles W D y kes0717-FL-4 6 Charles P Gallagher0103-CT-1 6 Thomas Y Tanaka0483-HI-6 6 NSO Nickolas Easterlin g MI 10 NSO Jose p h LaRoccaPA 6 NSO Dave SrockMN 4 NSO Seth JanisseMI 3 NSO Kevin OttOH 3 NSO Tro y West p halMN 3 NSO Paul KaiserMI 2 NSO Tammy ReilleyMI 2 NSO Charles RoblesCA 2 Member Chapter No Recruited National Service Of cer State No Recruited The New MOPH @ the Board of Veterans Appeals


September/October 201828PURPLE HEART MAGAZINE A S PART OF THE NATIONAL Purple Heart Recognition Day ceremonies, on Aug. 11 the MOPH Department of Virginia and the Mount Vernon Ladies Association, in concert with the MOPH National Headquarters, celebrated the establishment of Americas oldest military award, the Purple Heart Medal. Mount Vernon estimated 350 attendees with over 100 Purple Heart recipients in attendance. The overarching goals were to honor George Washington and his Badge of Military Merit, which has become todays Purple Heart Medal, to recognize recipients of the Purple Heart Medal from all wars and con icts, and to educate the public about Mount Vernon, General Washington and what it means to be awarded the Purple Heart Medal. The major ceremony was held on Aug. 11 on the East Lawn of Washingtons beloved Mount Vernon estate. Preceremony music was provided by the U.S. Marine Corps Brass Quintet. The formal ceremony began at 10:30 a.m. with the Posting of the Colors by the Color Guard from the Joint Military Command, Military District of Washington, who were led by members of the Old Guard Fife and Drum Corps. This year, Mount Vernon was supported by various Boy and Girl Scout troops from the local area. The scouts provided water and fans to those in attendance, as well as assisting attendees with seating. The scout troops who participated were from Troop 1853, Troop 671, Pack 991, Pack 873, Troop 1523, GS Troop 2732, and GS Troop 172. This years event had Purple Heart recipients and fellow members of the MOPH from Michigan, Massachusetts, Delaware, New Jersey, North Carolina, Georgia and Virginia. Dr. Doug Bradburn, President and CEO, George Washingtons Mount Vernon, welcomed the group. Patrick ODonnell served as the keynote speaker. ODonnell is a combat historian and New York Times best-selling author. After the outdoor ceremony, everyone was invited to continue to enjoy the facilities of Mount Vernon. For those awarded the Purple Medal and their spouses/guest, a reception was provided in their honor in the Mount Vernon Inn. Prior to the ceremony, there was the annual wreath laying at the Purple Heart Monument, located just outside the entrance to Mount Vernon. The Purple Heart Monument is also designated as Mile Marker Zero for the Purple Heart Trail. Following the wreath laying ceremony, a special tour of General Washingtons house was hosted by the staff and volunteers of Mount Vernon. A Celebration of the Purple Heart Medal by Dr. Gordon Sumner, PhD, Colonel, USA, Ret. PHOTOS CONTRIBUTED BY CAPT ROBERT SHENK, USN, RETIRED Audience attending Purple Heart Recognition Ceremony, Mount Vernon, VA Scouts with members of Chapter 875.


September/October 2018 PURPLE HEART MAGAZINE29 NATIONAL MUSEUM OF THE MARINE CORPS Lance Cpl. Raymond Kelley received the Silver Star at a ceremony hosted by the National Museum of the Marine Corps on May 18exactly 51 years after the fateful incident that earned him the nations third highest award for combat bravery. Kelley was a machine gun team leader serving with Company D, 1st Battalion, 3rd Marines, on May 18, 1967, when his outt was tasked to provide relief to a pinned-down unit. Kelley maneuvered his team to provide suppressive re on the enemy position, but enemy re intensied on Kelleys unit and the team took multiple casualties. Disregarding his own safety, Lance Corporal Kelley repeatedly placed himself in the open in order to assist the wounded Marines to the platoon command post where they could receive medical attention, the award citation reads. Kelley refused to allow his position to be captured by the enemy, and ignoring his own wounds, murderously engaged the enemy until they broke contact, the citation states. The Silver Star award was approved in August 2017, but Kelley and fellow Marines waited until the anniversary of the firefight, museum officials told Marine Corps Times Kelleys Silver Star is the second this year to be awarded to a Marine who fought in the Vietnam War. First Lt. Philip H. Sauer was posthumously awarded the Silver Star for holding off an enemy attack with his .45-caliber pistol while on a recon patrol of Hill 861 in Vietnam. Sauer and his ve-man patrol came under a sudden attack on April 24, 1967, which immediately killed the point man. Sauer ordered his men to withdraw and held the position with his pistol. He sacri- ced his life that day so that some of his men could live to ght another day. His surviving siblings accepted the award at a ceremony held aboard Camp Pendleton, Calif., on April 24, exactly 51 years after the storied battle. Marine Awarded Silver Star for Vietnam Heroics a Half Century Later by Shawn Snow Reprinted from Marine Corps Times Lance Cpl. Raymond Kelley (center) was awarded the Silver Star for his heroic actions during the Vietnam War 51 years after the incident. A MARINE WAS awarded the Silver Star for his actions during the Vietnam War more than half a century after his heroic deeds. Hill 861 south Landing Zone in Vietnam July 28, 1967MARINE CORPS


September/October 201830PURPLE HEART MAGAZINE NEWS & GATHERINGS HONORING THEIR SACRIFICE WITH OUR SERVICE Sumter Chapter 817 Conducts Cookout to Honor Veterans THE GENERAL GEORGE L. MABRY JR. Chapter 817 conducted a cookout on June 19 to honor veterans in the Sumter, S.C., area. The event was conducted at the entrance to the Sumter VA Community-Based Outpatient Clinic and included hot dogs and hamburgers with all the trimmings. Over 150 veterans were served lunch and a good time was had by all. Pictured above during the lunch (left to right) are Faye Cook and Shirley Osborne, VA clinic volunteers who assisted with serving the lunch; Patriots Don Kellum, Jamie Carl ONeal and Johnny Williams; Rosemary Nesbitt, who assisted in preparing and serving the lunch; Patriots Dave Nesbitt and Ron Harvin; Adjutant LeRoy Thompson; Commander Harry Thompson; and chef Chris Prescott and his assistant, William Burnish. PURPLE HEART PRESENTATION of Chapter 210, Long Beach, CA, Memorial Day (L to R): Christo Ristoss, George Choma, Joseph Del Rio, Tom Wallace, Doc Shultz, John Renalde. Best Non-Commercial FloatThe eight combat-wounded military veterans who sat in camp chairs on the red, white and purple oat organized by the Military Order of the Purple Heart Chapter 675 were touched with the reception they received along the parade route, said chapter commander John Knott. It was very heartwarming to see, said Knott, an Army infantry veteran. We couldnt help but notice when we were coming up through the crowd you could see there were veterans and they would tell their kids to stand up. This was the rst year the local Military Order of the Purple Heart made a oat for the parade. They decided to do it to let more veterans and Purple Heart recipients know about the organization. Im trying to get the word out to Purple Heart recipients in town. There are a lot more than I thought, he said. Were trying to let all the military veterans know that we are here and to showcase some of the heroes Ive met since Ive become chapter commander. The organization can help all veterans, including nonPurple Heart recipients, access their Veterans Administration benets, he said. Reported by Sam Friedman of the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner 2018 Fairbanks Alaska Annual Golden Days Parade Chapter 675 Commander John Knott constructed a Purple Heart parade oat and won recognition as the Best Non-Commercial oat. 15TH MEDICAL BATTALION ASSOCIATION April 37 2019 Holiday Inn Market Square San Antonio, TX Contact: Huey Huether, (830)997-9686 Web site: THE DISTINGUISHED FLYING CROSS SOCIETY, 2019 REUNION September 15, 2019 Dayton/Fairborn, OH, Contact: Warren Eastman, (760)985-2810 Web site: ROGER MARTY PHOTOGRAPHY


September/October 2018 PURPLE HEART MAGAZINE31 NEWS & GATHERINGS HONORING THEIR SACRIFICE WITH OUR SERVICE Battle of Little Big Horn Hero Honored with Historical MarkerA DEDICATION ceremony was held on August 7 (Purple Heart Day) to unveil a Kentucky Historic Marker for the resting place of Saddler Otto Emil Voit. ( See article about Voit on page 22 ) Purple Hearts ReunitedPURPLE HEARTS REUNITED has expanded tremendously and 2017 proved to be a year of exponential growth for the Foundation. With the generous support of volunteers, sponsors and supporters, they were able to reunite 100 medals in 34 states, making this year the most successful since the programs creation. It is through hundreds of supporters, Valor Guard members and the Valor Research team that they are able to continue to ful ll their mission, to return lost or stolen military medals of valor to veterans or their families, in order to honor their sacri ce to the nation. (L to R) Patriot Steve Edward's, Dept.Ch. Judge Adv.; Hon. Barbara Sexton Smith, Louisville Councilwoman Dist.4; Mr. Stuart Sanders, Kentucky Historic Society. Harrowing Experience on 2018 Purple Heart Truck Run THE CARR FIRE WAS GETTING CLOSE to Redding, Calif. The smoke was thick in the air, and the Truck Run team questioned one of the re ghters who was driving up. He informed them that they had nothing to worry about. The local TV station was advising people to evacuate. The team decided to pack up and leave. They headed north for a couple of hours, heading away from the re zone, and made it to Yerka, Wash., where they decided to call it a day.


September/October 201832PURPLE HEART MAGAZINE NEWS & GATHERINGS HONORING THEIR SACRIFICE WITH OUR SERVICE National Purple Heart Day, Atlanta 2018Atlanta City Hall on National Purple Heart Day ON NATIONAL PURPLE HEART DAY, Chapter 465 hosted the 1st Annual Purple Heart Memorial Golf Tournament, in honor of Pete Wheeler. ON AUGUST 7, 2018Purple Heart Dayduring a visit at the Purple Heart Hall of Honor in Newburg, N.Y., Dept. Sr. Vice Commander Richard Gerbeth, Patriot Richie Lay, Dept. Commander Willie Nazario, Darlene Baker (mother of Purple Heart Recipient Joe Lowry), Janet Baker (grandmother of Joe Lowry), National Sr. Vice Commander Felix Garcia, and Dept. Adjutant Richard Drago LOUISIANA GOVERNORS MANSION in Baton Rouge (Gov. John Bel Edwards and wife Donna Hutto) and New Orleans Mercedes Benz Superdome donned purple lights in honor of Purple Heart Heroes on August 7. PURPLE HEART DAY with Wyoming Governor Matt Mead on August 7


September/October 2018 NEWS & GATHERINGS HONORING THEIR SACRIFICE WITH OUR SERVICE 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 AFTER RESEARCHING for two years, Joe Marvin, Chapter 2001, was successful this year in getting the Sun-Dial Bridge in Redding, Calif., to be lit in purple to honor the sacrice of Purple Heart recipients on National Purple Heart Day, Aug. 7. Sun-Dial Bridge in Redding, Calif., on August 7 Associate Member SPOTLIGHTIS THERE AN Associate member in your Chapter that goes above and beyond or simply deserves to be recognized for the work that he/she does? Send in a 250 word nomination and picture of nominee for an Associate Spotlight to:


Military Order of the Purple HeartApplication 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 DD-214 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 MemberPLEASE 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 Date (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 document such as a DD-214 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. DD-214 DD-215 (supported by DD-214) 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 DD-214 DD-215 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 membership. Payment for dues is not deductible as a charitable contribution according to the Internal Revenue Code. Dues include subscription to the Purple Heart Magazine. Purple Heart Recipient Associate Member Dues Schedule Life Membership $50.00 Associate Life Membership $50.00 TO APPLY ONLINE GO TOwww.purpleheart.orgor CLICK HEREFees submitted with Application for Membership are NON-REFUNDABLE.All information and requirements are subject to change without notice. (Effective 08/21/18)


Price List HEADQUARTERS SUPPLY LIST Effective January, 2016 Prices Include Shipping & Handling All Orders Must Be Pre-Paid VA Residents Add 5% Sales Tax NOTE: Check Return Fee of $45 per Returned Check Orders can be placed online through your Netforum Membership Portal Questions: Flags Accessories Item #S3015 Rain Cover $30.00 Item #S3016 Flag Cord & Tassel $25.00 Item #S3017 Flag Belt Black $25.00 Item #S3018 Jointed Aluminum Pole $40.00 Item #S3019 Flag Base $40.00 Item #S3020 Gilt Eagle $27.00 Item #S3021 Gold Spear $27.00 Item #S3030 Flag Desk Set $27.00 Item #S3031 Wooden Flag Pole $40.00 CitationsPlease Plan Ahead Processing Can Take 3 4 Weeks Item #S3040 Blank Citation Single Foil Stamp 8 1/2 x 11 blank for personal $11.00 printing of citation at chapter or department level Item #S3041 Blank Citation Quanties of 6 23 Foil Stamp 8 1/2 x 11 blank for personal $10.00 printing of citation at chapter or department level Item #S3042 Blank Citation Quanties of 24 and above Foil Stamp 8 1/2 x 11 blank for personal $9.00 printing of citation at chapter or department level Item #S3043 Service to the Community Service to the Community, Fellow Citizens & Veterans. $12.00 Item #S3044 Patriot of the Year Patriot of the Year $12.00 Item #S3045 Past Chapter or Department Commander Past Chapter or Department Commander $12.00 Item #S3046 Service to The Military Order of the Purple Heart Service to The Military Order of the Purple Heart $12.00 Replacement Life Member Items Item #S3050 Replacement Life Member Card $10.00 Item #S3051 Replacement Life Member Certicate $11.00 Item #S3052 Replacement Life Member Certicate Package (Certicate & Card) $20.00 Constitution & Bylaws Item #S3060 Constitution, Bylaws & Rituals with Binder $20.00 Item #S3061 Constitution, Bylaws & Rituals without Binder $15.00 Stationery Item #S3071 Business Cards $65.00


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 # Parents, grandparents, spouses, widows, widowers, siblings, children, and grandchildren of persons who have been awarded the Purple Heart by the Armed Services of the United States and to those who served in the Armed Forces and have received the Purple Heart decoration in their own name. Such membership is subject to conditions set forth in Article 1 of the bylaws of the MOPHA. 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. Auxiliary Military Order of the Purple Heart Application for MembershipName Phone Address City State Zip Email 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


MILITARY ORDER OF THE PURPLE HEART AUXILIARY SUPPLY LIST 2017-2018 CURRENT ITEMS AVAILABLE 101 MOPHA LOGO PIN 1 or 2 pins $6.00 each, 3 or more pins $5.00 each per order 204 PATCH Life Member, embroidered x 3 inch $ 3.00 205 PATCH Associate Member, embroidered x 3 inch $ 3.00 401 FLAG SET American and MOPHA 4x 6 on 10 pole w/stand 3 piece set $15.00.MOPHA FLAG only $8.00 402 CHARTER Department or Unit, includes 10 names (add $1.00 per additional name) $50.00 403 CBL Constitution, Bylaws, Rules & Regulations, Rituals, and Standing Rules Specify Large or Small $13.00 405 DIRECTORY 2017 $ 5.00 406 CONVENTION MINUTES on Disc $ 5.00 407 MEMBERSHIP CARD REPLACEMENT (Contact Membership Of cer) $ 5.00 409 BOOKMARKS package of 25 (prewrapped) $ 5.00 ALL prices include shipping charges. No tax. ALL other items are in the works and will be released when available. Make check or money order payable to: MOPHA Orders should be sent to: Judy Fiddler National Secretary MOPHA 1231 13th St. SE Massillon, OH 44646 Phone: 330-481-4731 Email: MOPHA caps are ordered through Keystone Uniform Cap Corporation 2251 Fraley Street, Philadelphia, PA 19137 Phone: 215-821-3434 Fax: 215-821-3438 Online orders can be processed at:


REFLECTIONS As I Touch The Names I Served With, Tears Begin To Fall. To Think I Was A Breath Away, From Being On This Wall. One Snap Of A Tripwire, Left Me Seconds To Pray. I Saw Others Go Before Me, Was This My Judgement Day? My Life For My Country, Was My Battle Cry. A Soldier Lives On Forever, As Long As Freedom Is Alive. I Remember The Medics Face, When I Asked Am I Going To Die? He Said Youre Gonna Make It We Both Knew It Was A Lie. I Heard My Sergeant Scream, Whats Taking That Chopper So Long? I Kept Whispering To Myself, Soldier Youve Got To Hold On. I Could See My Girls Face, Was This All A Dream? Am I In Heaven Or Hell, Or Somewhere In Between. I Thought About My Brother, My Dad And My Mom. All Who Fell Before Me, In The Jungles Of Vietnam. I Owe My Life And More, To Those Who Were So Brave, Who Held The Enemy Back, So I Could Be Saved. As I See My Re ection, Staring Back From The Wall. I Wonder Why Was I Spared, When So Many Had To Fall. To Say They Were Heros, Thats Why Were Left Behind. To Always Honor And Remember, Each Name On Every Line. by Dennis R. Leahy 9th Division Infantry


MAGAZINE Purple Heart September/October 2018MOPHA PRESIDENT Diane PetriniLES RADNOR


September/October 201840PURPLE HEART MAGAZINE National Presidents Note by Diane PetriniI am excited to be serving with such a great leadership team. Congratulations to National Senior Vice President Cheryl Perez and National Junior Vice President Amanda Flener and to all of our newly elected ofcers. Cheryl, Amanda and I will work closely together during the year to improve communication with our members, to support our units, and to increase our membership. MOPHA has designated 2018-2019 The Year of the Unit. The focus of the national leadership team will be meeting the needs of our units, as units are the lifeblood of the Auxiliary. This will be accomplished through increased communication through newsletters, conference calls, Facebook and other social media, providing guidance to units on member outreach, Americanism programs, public relations, recruitment, ways to support our veterans and offering training on parliamentarian procedures to fully utilize our Constitution and Bylaws (CBL). If you have any suggestions on how national can help you, please do not hesitate to reach out to the leadership team. Communication goes both up and down. National ofcers are always available to answer questions and give guidance to any member at any level. Our doors are always open. This year, the Presidents Project is Senior Heroes, an Americanism Project to reach out to our older veterans and their families. We value all ages in our communities, from the very young to the very old. But the oldest Senior Heroes in nursing homes and assisted living facilities often feel isolated and excluded. Developing stronger connections between these veterans and their communities can have tremendous benets for both young and old. There are many Senior Heroes in our retirement homes as well as in their own homes across the nation. The MOPHA is dedicated to remembering, visiting and honoring these heroes. As an organization, our main focus is to help veterans everywhere. Each unit is encouraged to search for opportunities to serve Senior Heroes wherever they reside. Each unit is encouraged to adopt a retirement home for the purpose of visiting veterans throughout the year. Visits could be on a regular schedule or limited to holidays. Please encourage your units to participate in the Senior Heroes Project! While there may be challenges facing the MOPHA during the coming year, by working together we can accomplish anything! I pledge to do all I can to communicate with you, be transparent and to work for the betterment of the Auxiliary. I AM HONORED AND HUMBLED to be elected the National President of the MOPHA. Thank you for your condence and continued support. The MOPHA is a wonderful organization and we all joined for the same reasonto support our Patriots. The MOPHA supports all veterans and their families as well as active duty members. Our members spend countless hours volunteering at VA hospitals and clinics, providing patriotic programs continuing advocacy on behalf of our veterans. THE YEAR of the UNIT Building a Better Auxiliary From the Unit Up Auxiliary RESOURCE OF THE MONTH: The VA Caregiver Support Program has a new series of videos to assist families in establishing a budget, building an emergency fund, and getting an Estate Plan together. Also available is a Budget Sheet Template. The videos and budget sheet are free and available at:


September/October 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 2018-2019 PRESIDENT DIANE PETRINI (Joseph) 17607 Montero Rd. San Diego, CA 92128 Phone: 619-379-2513 SR VICE PRESIDENT CHERYL PEREZ P.O. BOX 120085 Chula Vista, CA 91912 Phone: 619-997-5501 JR VICE PRESIDENT AMANDA FLENER (John) 220 El Harris Rd. Fitzgerald, GA 31750 Phone: 229-325-8106 CHAPLAIN BARBARA WALLER (George) 270 65th St. San Diego, CA 92114 Phone: 619-952-7015 SECRETARY JUDY FIDDLER (Mike) 1231 13th St. SE Massillon, OH 44646 Phone: 330-481-4731 TREASURER TRACY DERR (Doug) 21500 Nowlin St. Dearborn, MI 48124 Phone: 734-837-7412 MEMBERSHIP OFFICER TARA WAUGH 190 E. Olmstead Dr., C-12 Titusville, FL 32780 Phone: 321-307-0989 MOPHAMEMBERSHIP@gmail. com REGION I PRESIDENT SEE SR. VICE PRESIDENT CHERYL PEREZ REGION II PRESIDENT KAREN LARABEL 2854 Woodward Ave. SW, Wyoming, MI 49509 Phone: c616-717-1056 h-616-531-2812 REGION III PRESIDENT SEE SR. VICE PRESIDENT CHERYL PEREZ REGION IV PRESIDENT MOLLY WARE 3314 Hills Rd., Augusta, GA 30906 Phone: 706-294-2823 REGION V PRESIDENT DORIS WILLIAMS 136 Billy the Kid Dr. Nolanville, TX 76559 Phone: 254-681-6122 REGION VI PRESIDENT VICKY MANJARREZ (Ronald) PO Box 337, Pioneer, CA 95666 Phone: h 209-295-1611 c 408-691-0458 MARSHAL DIXIE PICKART 5604 NW 88th St., Johnston, IA 50131 Phone: 515-251-3998 PARLIAMENTARIAN JAN KNAPP (Ron) P.O. Box 150, Six Lakes, MI 48886 Phone: 231-881-0735 AMERICANISM/ PATRIOTIC INSTRUCTOR KAY JO BAUCOM 3024 Helms Pond Rd., Monroe, NC 28110 Phone: 704-242-1391 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 CHERYL PEREZ FINANCE I YEAR CHAIR JAN KNAPP (Ron) Phone: 231-881-0735 FINANCE 2 YEAR ML HYNES (Kevin) Phone: 252-240-9672 FINANCE 3 YEAR TERRI SHATTUCK (Bill) P.O. Box 84, Mio, MI 48647 Phone: 989-390-4956 FINANCE 4 YEAR GLORIA SANCHEZ (Washington) 2229 Gates Dr. Tallahassee, FL 32312 Phone: 850-212-3260 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 INSOOK GAY (John) Phone: 831-261-4146 MUSICIAN ARDIS KEIZER Phone: 616-656-5956 PUBLIC RELATIONS DAR SCHUFF (Lee) 742 Millbrook Dr. Neenah, WI 54956 Phone: 920-725-2780 VAVS REPRESENTATIVE LINDA VAREJCKA (Jim) 450 Conestoga Ave. Hickman, NE 68372 Phone: 402-580-2549 VAVS DEPUTY OUIDA ANN TURNER Phone: 256-298-0755 VIOLA CHAIR LISA JANISSE P.O. Box 490 Indian River, MI 49749 Phone: 231-290-1826 WEBMASTERS ML HYNES (Kevin) Phone: 252-240-9672 ANGELIQUE HERRAN (Jeff) Phone: 720-494-1106


September/October 201842PURPLE HEART MAGAZINE Service National Sr. Vice Presidents Note by Cheryl PerezI am honored to serve as your Senior Vice President and am excited about the goals and objectives the National Leadership Team has outlined for this year, with the focus to support our units. National President Diane Petrini, National Junior Vice Amanda Flener and I are committed to working with national ofcers, departments, units and members to provide support and information with new and creative ways utilizing technology and new programs. One such program is the Membership Development Program (MDP), to help and support departments and units to outreach to members at large, unit members that have fallen out of contact with us, help recruit new members and to get our rosters as accurate as possible. The Auxiliary body voted to fund this important and needed program so units can participate without having to worry about the outreach expense. More information will be sent to unit and department presidents as we develop and implement this program throughout the regions. Another key area national leadership is focusing on this year is communication. We want to hear from our units and members, whats important to you, and how we can better serve you. We also want to make sure you are hearing from us. It is vital that we have current email addresses for our members. If you are not receiving the Auxiliary General Orders Online Newsletter, then we do not have your email. If you send your name and email address to we can get you added to the database. The newsletter is lled with important information and messages from national leadership, and just as important, we highlight what our units and members are doing in their communities to help veterans and their families. The sharing of our good work is inspiring, and you may see a project that you would like to do in your own community. In closing, I would like to thank the national ofcers who represented MOPHA last year for the time, energy and commitment they dedicated to MOPHA. There will always be challenges and issues national leadership will be faced with, and by working together, keeping communication open, and united by a common mission, we can make decisions in the best interest of the Auxiliary. T HE 85TH AUXILIARY NATIONAL CONVENTION, hosted in Spokane, Wash., saw Auxiliary business accomplished, money raised through our fundraising efforts that benets our veterans, old friends reunited, new friends made and ideas shared to take back to our units. Congratulations to the newly elected ofcers and appointed committee chairs in both the Auxiliary and the Order. Thank you to the Patriots and Auxiliary members of Washington for making us feel so welcomed and hosting an amazing convention. I would also like to say thank you to Jennifer and Pick from MOPH HQ, who work tirelessly all year long to make sure every convention runs smoothly and efciently.Greetings and Goals from the Auxiliary Senior VP Auxiliary


September/October 2018 PURPLE HEART MAGAZINE43 Service National Secretarys Note by Judy FiddlerSpecial thanks to PNP Delora Compton, who sent antiquated materials to the convention with PNP Karen Haltiner. In the box was a CBL from 1960, a Ritual and Special Ceremonies handbook from 1982, a Special Ceremonies and Flag Code handbook (no date), a LAMOPH Handbook from 1949 and Proceedings of the 12th Convention of the MOPH in Lancaster, PA 1944. What a wonderful treasure! Life Member Verication reports and your nance reports (with your 990s) are due by October 1. Please contact Tara if you need your roster to help with your report. That portion of the database is currently down and we do not know when it will be available. Reports can be found on the website at Click on MEMBERS and you will nd the reports you need as well as the CBL for any guidance. A AS WE SAY GOOD BYE TO SPOKANE, we have closed another great convention. Many thanks go out to the Department of Washington and Unit 470 in Spokane for their wonderful hospitality and hard work. Outstanding job, everyone. Thanks to our PNP Gloria Sanchez for a great job this past year. You are an inspiration. Congratulations to the newly elected ofcers, President Diane Petrini and Senior VP Cheryl Perez from California, and Junior VP Amanda Flener from Georgia. They will do a ne job. Thanks to Our Elected Ofcers, Old and New Auxiliary Do We Have Your Email Address?Email the information below to stay connected and updated to:Cheryl.mopha@gmail.comName:__________________________________________ Phone:_________________________ Email Address:__________________________________________________________________ Unit # or member at large:_____________________ State:__________________________Dont Miss Important Information From MOPHA!Questions? Please call 619-997-5501


September/October 201844PURPLE HEART MAGAZINE Faces of the Convention AUXILIARY SPOKANE WA JULY 30 AUGUST 3 Pictures from Top Left Clockwise: 1. MOPHA Past National Presidents recognition 2. National President Diane Petrini, National Chaplain, Barbara Waller, National SVP Cheryl Perez, National JVP Amanda Flener 3. Diane Petrini presented awards to the Top Recruiters of the MOPHA. The #1 Recruiter, Jane Sasai of Guam was not present. (L to R) Diane Petrini, Senior Vice President; Darlene Rogers, President of The Department of Wisconsin; Terri Shattuck, PNP; V icky Manjarrez, Region VI President; Karen Grange, Sec/Treasurer of Unit 72 Oregon. 4. MOPH and MOPHA families gathered at the banquet 5. MOPHA members at the banquet 6. MOPHA National Senior Vice President Cheryl Perez, National President Diane Petrini, National Junior Vice President Amanda Fle ner 7. Auxiliary National Musician, Ardis Keizer, playing at the Memorial Service 1 2 3 4 5 6 7


September/October 2018 PURPLE HEART MAGAZINE45 I AM HUMBLED to be your new National Chaplain. As the chaplain for the Department of California and Unit 49, I have met so many wonderful members and I look forward to serving you. I am thankful for my God, country and my husband, Patriot George Waller, and my children and grandchildren. To everything there is a season. This sentiment is expressed in scripture Ecclesiastes 3:1. The entire chapter points out that God, in His in nite wisdom, has established the pattern for our lives. We should therefore stop trying to question the designs that these patterns make but instead nd the joy in them as was intended by our Holy Savior. We have just completed our 86th National Convention and there, just as in scripture, we started a new season of planting to be harvested during the coming year. We took the time to evaluate and elect new of cers. We also took time to read each others reports from the previous year, consulting with one another in order to acquire new ideas and tweak old ones to produce a better product that will be an asset to our Patriots. As we proceed during the coming year may we each become more active in our Auxiliary and strive for a great harvest this year by working in unity and grace always. Remembering the words of David in Psalm 133:1: Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity. As with any bountiful harvest we will nd great joy as we watch it grow and produce beautiful fruit to feed the needs of veterans and their families. I pray that God will bless each of you and your loved ones, as we proceed to work and nurture the auxiliary during the coming year. Giving our Lord and Savior all the Glory, therefore said He unto them, The harvest truly is great, but the labourers are few: pray ye therefore the Lord of the harvest, that He would send forth laborers into his harvest. Luke 10:2 Auxiliary National Chaplain Unity During the Harvest by Barbara Waller MOPHA In Memoriam Reported June 1 July 31, 2018 * As reported to the MOPHA National Chaplain, per Bylaws Article VIII, Section 6 requirements Name DEPT Unit Deceased Name DEPT Unit DeceasedPatricia Ann BORDNER, Gaylord MI 1985 16 June 2018 Julin BOYD, San Diego CA 49 5 June 2018 Betty CHAMBERLAIN, Stratford TX CO 423 30 June 2017 Rhunette HAYWARD, Savoy IL SC 402 29 May 2018 Mary JOHNSON, Gaylord MI 1985 11 February 2018 Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted. Matthew 5:4


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