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The Purple Heart November ~ December 2020 ~ ~ 1 Volume LXXXI Digital No 1 !!!!!!November/December 2020 Ernie Rivera , National Commander


The Purple Heart November ~ December 2020 ~ ~ 2 The Purple Heart ISSN: 0279-0653 " November/December 2020 " O # cial Publication of the " MILITARY ORDER of the PURPLE HEART of the U.S.A., Inc." Chartered by an Act of Congress" Nick McIntosh Editor ~ Chris Smrt Graphic Arts ~ RaeLynn McAfee Consultant" Charles Eggleston IT ~ Matt Bridges Copy Editor MOPH National Headquarters . " CHANGES of addresses or DEATH of a Member " NEWS, PHOTOS, EDITORIALS, & COMMENTS to: !(502) 494-0256 " COPYRIGHT 2020 BY Military Order of the Purple Heart , Inc. All rights reserved " EVOLUTION of the PURPLE HEART MAGAZINE The Military Order of the Purple Heart started a newspaper in 1939. The November 1940 issue of The Purple Heart issue shown on the right was still in newspaper print. Early in 1941, The Purple Heart was put out in magazine format. For many years, the Magazine was black and white. The 1995 issue was the first Magazine that contained eight pages of full color. This practice continued until 1997, when it went to full color throughout the 32 pages. Until the last printed issue, May/Jun 2019, the number of pages fluctuated from 32 to 72. The production of The Purple Heart was suspended because of the Order's financial situation. The finances are addressed in the National Publications Committee article on page 4 The 2020~2021 National Publications Committee met recently after the elected four-year member was installed. The evolution of The Purple Heart shows the MOPH has been able to adapt and overcome obstacles. The Committee worked out a plan to put out a digital edition until the funds are available to resume printing. We lost the services of three outstanding professionals (Editor, Layout Manage, & Copy Editor) for Þnancial reasons. The National Publications Committee is relying on its members to restore The Purple Heart for our Patriots. Fortunately for Editor Nick McIntosh, Chris Smrt is a graphic artist. RaeLynn McAfee, our former Editor, is an Associate and Auxiliary Member who has agreed to provide advice pro bono. !


The Purple Heart November ~ December 2020 ~ ~ 3 lack of funding would cause severe hardship for our beloved Order in the future. With the current budget reduced to only one percent ( 1% ) of our past budgets, we need to rebuild our programs to support our mission. The mission of the MOPH 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. " I challenge all of you in our membership to focus on our mission. The chapters and departments throughout the organization have been doing a great job at this. With the National Headquarters moving toward a more robust support role, a new staff in place, and getting the Officer sign-on fixed, we can support our Patriots' hard work in the field. The National Publications Committee has assisted our efforts to get back on track by putting out this digital magazine. Our motto for the year is " Let's get to work. " Your current National Officers are here to serve you. Please reach out if you need anything. ! Yours in Patriotism, Ernie Rivera I consider it a great honor to serve as your National Commander. The last few years have been incredibly challenging. In the previous year and a half, the Order has gone through some exceedingly difficult times. With that in mind, I believe we have finally turned the corner and are working at getting things back on track. This year being a short year, we have put together a very professional, hard-working team that is up for the challenge. One of our top priorities for the year is to get the website redone so we can provide our officers with access to critical information and the tools to do their jobs. The relationship with the foundation has been very strained for several years. The lawsuit is ending; regardless of the outcome, we have a contractual obligation based on the 2009 Memorandum of Understanding. While I know some members have called for the complete separation of the two organizations, I do not agree that we should keep fighting. The current pandemic is taking a significant toll on our nation's economy, so we need to treat all our partner organizations respectfully and must work together to secure more funding. We are currently using our investment account to keep the lights on, and if we continue down this path, we will eventually run out of money. This Ernie Rivera National Commander (321) 276-7609 "If you live today, like you lived yesterday, how can you expect tomorrow to be any different? " by Nick McIntosh


The Purple Heart November ~ December 2020 ~ ~ 4 meetings and elections at every level of the Order. Of course, we will be available throughout the year to help with bylaw resolutions created at the Department level. Luckily this year, our committee is comprised of at least one Patriot from each Region. Please feel free to reach out to us if you need assistance. We are looking to start a Leadership Training Series for the Order. If you have ideas on what topics should be covered, please reach out to me so that we can begin working on them and getting Patriots trained adequately on processes that are critical to running the Order. I am very proud of everything our Regions, Departments, and Chapters have been able to accomplish, even in the face of this COVID-19 crisis. We will continue to provide a "hand up" to their fellow Veterans and ensuring that our communities are taken care of in the face of a pandemic and natural disasters. Providing that assistance is often critical for some of these Patriots and their families. It is not only our duty but our privilege to always have the 6 of our brothers and sisters. I look forward to working with you all this year as we come together to carry our Order forward. ! We are stronger together. Yours in Patriotism, Christopher Vedvick Christopher Vedvick National Junior Commander (904) 372-3720 I am humbled that you elected me to serve this year as your National Junior Vice Commander of the Military Order of the Purple Heart. I take my responsibilities to the Order very seriously. I will work hand in hand with all of the Region Commanders to ensure that they receive the best support possible as we move forward. We are already hard at work on your behalf. In conjunction with Patriot Brandon Wegner, we have begun creating a new and improved website for the Order. We understand everyone's frustrations with the current site, as it is obsolete and nonfunctional. These deficiencies led to Officers at every level not being able to access the Officer portal or much needed operational reports. All of the website problems will be remedied in about a month from now. The website will also streamline the process for the MOPH to accept new members. Another bonus will be every Chapter, Department, and Region's ability to have a web page dedicated to them on the National Website. If you already have a website, do not worry. The National Website will still direct traffic to your site. Thanks to Patriot Wegner for donating the time and resources of his company to help see this through. National Commander Rivera asked me to serve as the National Bylaws Committee chair and charged us with fixing conflicting articles within the document to make it easier for Patriots at every level to understand. We will also start crafting bylaws that address how to properly hold digital


The Purple Heart November ~ December 2020 ~ ~ 5 a magazine. Therefore, we will be giving significant space to the three National Commanders and the 6 Region Commanders. We encourage all Patriots to submit articles, stories, and pictures for publication. Please be sure to identify all of the people in the photos. Since we are using emails for the distribution of the links to the digital edition, we encourage Chapter Commanders and Department Commanders to review their rosters for those who do not have an email address. Then call them to get their information. Who knows you might even be able to get them active in their chapter. Any new email address found should be sent to Chuck Adkins, the National Adjutant. His E-mail address is The Headquarters phone number is (703) 642-5360. A digital edition has an advantage in that you can double-click on the address, and it should allow composing a message. This feature applies to all email for website addresses in this issue. Feel free to contact me with any questions or concerns about The Purple Heart digital edition. I am retired so most anytime before 6:00 PM EST is good for me. ! Email Phone (502)494-0256 The Purple Heart Magazine is the primary means of providing information and highlighting the efforts of our patriots. The actions and activities of helping veterans at the local level are what make the Order special. Recognition of Patriots' efforts, information about the Order, and exciting and entertaining articles are essential to making the magazine something members want to read. We made an agreement in 2016 with the University of Florida to archive our past issues of The Purple Heart Magazine. These can be downloaded at https://ufdc.uß.edu/AA00047747/00042 The May/Jun 2019 was our last physical magazine because of the Order's budget constraints. The National Publications Committee (Committee) met on October 17, 2020, and elected me as the new chairman. National Commander Ernie Rivera swore me in as the recently elected member of the Committee. The Committee has been concerned for over a year about being unable to put out the Purple Heart magazine. Until the finances allow us to go back to a paper magazine, we will be putting out a digital edition. The frequency and number of pages will be determined later by the amount of available material for printing. The Committee feels very strongly that the membership needs to be made aware of what has transpired in the last 15 months since they received We need your material to produce an engaging and informative magazine. If you are not comfortable writing a story or article, contact me and I will help you. National Publications Committee Nick McIntosh (Chairman) ~ Charles Eggelston Matt Bridges ~ Chris Smrt ~ Ernie Rivera


The Purple Heart November ~ December 2020 ~ ~ 6 November of 1969 found me at a day conference held in Da Nang. I was billeted with three Army officers. One of them was brilliant and knowledgeable about every subject of discussion, and he turned out to be a wild and crazy Army helicopter pilot named Werner Glen Weeks. We hit it off right away since I was a wild and crazy Marine artillery officer. I remember all three of them giving me a hard time and taking potshots at the Marine Corps Ñ I am sure they each secretly wished they were Marines. Glen was and still is, a talker always flapping his lips about this or that, and sometimes it was hard to get a word in edgewise. I honestly believe he has an actual photographic memory. I'm very envious; he puts me to shame. But, I love him like the brother I never had, and, at times, like a brother, I want to punch him in the nose. Consider what he did to me in March of 1970 and you will understand why. Glen called the Operations office on LZ Baldy, Hill 63, and learned that I was there with India Battery and arranged to meet me on the flight line. He was between mission assignments with some free time on his hands. He offered to take me for a ride in his helicopter, a LOH Ð Light Observation Helicopter. Pronounced "Loach" Tiny and fragile-looking, the engine sounded like an oversized, gas-powered lawnmower and, with just a little imagination, looked like a thirty-foot long dragonfly. Cruising speed set at about 155 miles per hour with a top speed of 175 miles per hour and costing the US government about $19,000.00 each. The combat tactics rule for chopper pilots involved in the Vietnam war was to fly either at 50 feet or below, or above 1500 feet Ð the safest heights to fly in combat. Everything in between was called the "dead man's zone." The OH-6 Cayuse, engineered by Howard Hughes Co., was touted to be the safest aircraft ever made, but from an apprehensive, ground-pounding, Marine's perspective, it didn't seem so. I gathered my reserves, climbed aboard, and got strapped in. A Wild Magic Carpet Ride by Bob Riding The cabin was so small it seemed that my chin was resting on my knees. It took a lot of nerve to drive one of these little buggers in the air and be routinely shot at by the enemy. Glen possessed the necessary chutzpah; with over 970 hours of combat flying, he had accrued almost twice what is typically expected in a single tour. (842 of the 1419 Loaches in Vietnam were destroyed, mostly by enemy ground fire.) His bravery was beyond words. I have always had tremendous respect and admiration for Glen and all the other Army OH-6 pilots. In my nine months in country, I had been in several firefights, but I could always "lay low" or dive into a foxhole or bunker. Not so with these courageous souls; Army and Marine chopper pilots had to buzz around in the air in their beercan-skin fuselages, like low-hanging fruit, very tempting indeed for a sniper on the ground with an AK-47. (Kind of like the two sumptuous street lights on Delta's Main Street that I had eliminated eight years earlier. The Loach ride provided an opportunity for this Army officer to get the better of a Marine officer. He gave me a puke bag LOH Scout Helicopter


The Purple Heart November ~ December 2020 ~ ~ 7 not fly on a level and straight course Ð he had to be going up and down and sideways. The flight probably lasted all of thirty minutes but left me with a lifetime of memories. I was never so happy to feel the earth beneath my feet when we landed on the tarmac. My face must have been a pale green as we shook hands. I thanked him and then walked away from Glen and his Cayuse with all the dignity I could muster. After he had flown off to rejoin his unit and was out of sight, I ran into the head and puked my guts out. Of course, I've never told him that. As far as he knew, this Marine had handled that deathly high-rise roller-coaster ride quite well. ! and then did his best to make me use it and "ralph" in his machine. I was not going to give him the satisfaction, and I held it in. We flew 155-175 mph at treetop level, always 50 feet or lower, darting in and out of triple canopy coverage with my stomach doing cartwheels, my ears popping, and my eyes bugging out of my head. His flying skill was genuinely unique Ð a magician of a pilot. He was smiling and talking the entire flightÐhe was enjoying this. I don't know why I ever agreed to it to this day, and I still have a tough time even getting into a parked helicopter. There were no doors on this mechanized can of beans, so I was holding on for dear life as he banked and turned with impossible maneuvers. I couldn't avoid the feeling of impending doom Ð which is precisely what he wanted me to feel, I'm sure. The rides at Six Flags Magic Mountain had nothing on this guy, and his little flying tuna can. Clearing the trees, we flew along the beach north of DaNang and then turned southeast to Marble Mountain and back west to my home at LZ Baldy. Even with no trees, it seemed that Glen could LOH Scout Helicopters Combat Up Close Loaches were paired with Cobra gunships. Loaches with a pilot and observer and sometimes a door gunner aboard, flew as little as 10 feet above the treetops at between 45 & 60 MPH, scouting for signs of the enemy. "You were right in the enemy's face with a helicopter and had to know what you were doing," recalls warrant officer Clyde Romero (19 years old). He had 1,100 hours flying scout missions over South Vietnam in 1971. "It's like a street cop going into a bad neighborhood. You can have all the guns, vests, and radios you want, but you need street smarts or you're going to be dead within an hour." Although most combat aircraft in Vietnam aimed for altitudes and speeds that helped them avoid anti-aircraft weapons, U.S. Army crews flying Hughes OH-6A Cayuse helicopters flew low and drew fireÑto set up the shots for the Bell AH-1G Cobras circling above. These hunter-killer missions, among the most hazardous of the Vietnam War, tested the resolve of the OH-6 pilots and the aerial observers sitting beside them. Although many were still teenagers, their survival depended on well-honed instincts and razor-sharp reflexes, along with plenty of luck. ! !"#$%&'()"*+"%,%+'-$.'/)&)%0' 1,2','3,4)%"'5$41,4&'6.2"47"4' 1)+8'9:;8,'<$='> +8 '3,4)%"2'? 2+ ' 3,4)%"'@)7)2)$%')%'?ABAC?A>D=''' E)2'<$F.,+'9#G$%'/)..$%',%&' H,7I'<$FF"%&,G$%'3"&,:'JKL' 1"4"'",4%"&'18"%'8"'2;"%+',' F$%+8'M::)%0')%'N$4','04*%+' ;:,+$$%'#$FF,%&"4=' E"'0$+'$*+O'1"%+'+$'2#8$$:'O,%&' P$)%"&'+8"'Q!'H,7I',2',' F,R)::,4I'2*40"$%=''<,%'I$*' )F,0)%"'+8"':$$S2'8"'0$+')%',' <,;+,)%'T6UBV'&4"22'*%)N$4FW


The Purple Heart November ~ December 2020 ~ ~ 8 Our goal is to have an area set aside to remember the sacrifices made by all military men and women in Martin County. I was asked to design the Memorial and was pleased to do so. We needed land to build on. Within a week of announcing our goal, we had about 1 acre of land donated to us. What a great start, as we only had ten thousand to start with, and we only needed one million four hundred thousand to go. We have raised over one million dollars, and we still need about $500,000 to finish. There is much more to tell but will wait until later to show you some pictures and complete the story. The Veterans Memorial Park of Blaine, MN unveiled its second memorial on 17 October. The Military Order of the Purple Heart Memorial was sponsored by and paid ($71,000.00) for by Teamsters Local 120. ! I'm Terry Anderson Region ll Commander from Fairmont, Minnesota.My wife Susan has approved of my getting involved in this Order as it keeps me busy and she can relax. Our two Siamese cats agree also. " I can be reached at: or (507) 236-4653. I have appointed Wade Jensen, Dept Cmdr. of Nebraska as Region II Adjutant, (910) 389-7336. I tried to spread out the two appointments as far east and west as possible. Jerry Thompson requested an appointment for the Medals Recovery Director position. He likes to hunt and fish, so this is right up his alley. We will have a monthly Commanders Call within the Region ll area. Five Commanders attended our first meeting. The goal is communication, getting to know each other better, and instilling a tangible sense of camaraderie and trust within Region ll. I have conversed with many Department Commanders by phone, and I will continue to do so throughout my term. We formed a group of hybrid service clubs (DAV, VFW, American Legion, MOPH, and several civilians into the Martin County Minnesota Veterans Memorial group). From left to right Matthew Birr Ch 987, Chuck Jones Ch 987 & Department of Minnesota Adjutant, Bill Bull Ch & Department of Minnesota Finance OfÞcer, Mike Richardson Chapter 987 Adjutant & PDC, Steve Ruud Commander Ch 987 REGION II Terry Anderson, Commander (507) 236-4653 " Camaraderie, Trust & Local Fundraising


The Purple Heart November ~ December 2020 ~ ~ 9 Department of Texas & Chapter 1836 Alfred Guerra WWII Purple Heart Hero ! Alfred Guerra a 94-year-old World War II Bronze Star & Purple Heart Veteran lives in San Antonio. The Department of Texas forwarded an E-mail forwarded to San Antonio Chapter 1836 Commander Bill Crumlett and Tony Roman, a Past Department Commander. Both Patriots jumped into action to assist Alfred. San Antonio has a program to help rebuild veterans' homes in need. Chapter 1836 brought together a coalition of veterans organizations and the City of San Antonio. Within 12 days of receiving the e-mail request for help, this WWII hero got the assistance he needed. His home will be completed by Christmas! ! Greetings Region V Patriots I am Carder Ferguson. On Saturday, 24 October 2020, I was elected to serve as commander, MOPH Region V. I am honored that my peers entrusted me for this crucial position. I have appointed John Footman Chief of Staff and Gus Wittschack Adjutant Region V. Both are outstanding Patriots of the Order in the Department of Texas. With their support and knowledge, they are valued team members to the Region V staff. As Region V Commander, I will communicate with the Department Commanders and their Staff, ensuring the information flows from MOPH National to you, as well as pushing the info up from the Departments to MOPH National. John, Gus, and I will improve our support to each Department by working together as a team thru transparency, communication, and accountability. Most importantly, we must learn, understand, and follow our Bylaws, which guide how we govern, operate, and take care of our fellow Patriots. If you have any questions, concerns, or great ideas to improve how we do business, please do not hesitate to contact me, the Region V Adjutant, or Chief of Staff. Together will build a more robust Order! ! REGION V Cader Ferguson Commander (479) 459-4317 John Footman Chief of Staff (254) 681-8807 Region V Facebook pages " Patriot Guerra at his home


The Purple Heart November ~ December 2020 ~ ~ 10 Benson has the honor of it being shown for the first time. It will not be shown again until 2021. "We are also going to have panels here that are in remembrance of Fort Hood and the USS Coal," said Heather Floyd of the Benson City Chamber of Commerce. If you're struggling to remember what a veteran did, Vicki's daughter's story is a good reminder. "She got off the bus at Arlington Cemetery and saw row after row of headstones. She started crying and couldn't stop. I told her, 'number one, you shouldn't be embarrassed', and number two, I was proud because she saw the loss of so many that paid the ultimate price." "If it's not for us in Benson, it's for them." ! A Hero's Welcome took place in Benson, Arizona to honor our veterans and welcome home our heroes. You know, those who have passed and those who are here. And it's making a stop right here in Southern Arizona. Benson is a city in Cochise County, Arizona, 45 miles east-southeast of Tucson. It was founded as a rail terminal for the area, and still serves as such. As of the 2010 census, the population of the city was 5,105. "A lot of times, everyone's looking forward to where this country's going to, but sometimes we need to stop and look back. What have we been through?" The massive wall honoring the men and women who fought in Vietnam, Afghanistan and Iraq. REGION VI Edward "Mac" McGlynn (520) 227-9144 Charles Earthman, PDC CA 707-318-2837 Back L to R John Moore, CDR, David Bertagnoli Ch 442, Mike Dyer Ch 442, Ron Capek Ch 691, David Vineyard, Back Chuck Byers CDR Dept of AZ, Keith Gray, Ch. 691, PRC, Billy Weldon Front: Nancy Fassbender, Pinal County, Chair, Veterans Committee, Ed "Mac" McGlynn, Region VI, Commander


The Purple Heart November ~ December 2020 ~ ~ 11 I am honored by the confidence that Region 1 has shown me by this recent election. We all served; we all bled on fields of battle defending Freedom and Liberty for All. We are brothers and sisters of the Military Order of the Purple Heart. I am here to serve. The biggest things our region is working on will be the Purple Heart Trail, JROTC awards, Publicity, Public Relations, Social Media, and Funding our programs. Region 1 is a unique region within the Order with our Nation's Capital and most original 13 states. There is a lot of History here and cool stuff to do. The patriots of Region I take pride and have a responsibility to the rest of the Order to share news, events, and legislative actions. We can also help out any Patriot that visits the Nation's Capital to gain access and assist in many ways. Do not hesitate to ask one of us from the region for assistance when you are in the North East or the Capital We are all Patriots, and helping each other is hat we do. ! REGION I Kristin "Chief" Beck Social media @valor4us (701) 202 7720 " News from Virginia Most of you have seen the movie "Hacksaw Ridge." A story about Desmond Doss and his actions where he received the Medal of Honor. Many don't know that he was from Lynchburg, VA and unfortunately his house became run down and derelict. His home was purchased by the Lynchburg Area Veterans Council, which is made up of all the local veteran organizations, including the MOPH. It is now a historic landmark and preserved as his legacy. The home is used to help homeless veterans with two veterans currently residing there. October 12th is celebrated as Desmond Doss Day in Lynchburg and this year, 75 years after he received the MoH Desmond Doss jr., attended ceremonies. IF any Patriot is in the area next year be sure to attend this event dedicated to an AmericanPatriot. Thank you, Patriot Gary Witt, for sharing this. ! New York's News Commander Nazario has spearheaded the PURPLE HEART COMMEMORATIVE COIN ACT (S.2815), and finally, it is in front of the US Senate. There are 70 cosponsors of this nonpartisan Bill. If you want to help out, then CALL YOUR SENATOR and remind him to support the above stated Bill. The coin will be minted in 2022, which is our 90th anniversary. If all goes well with the MOPH National Convention being held in the Washington DC area, then this would be a great time to visit your Senator and Congressperson to thank them. Maybe even present them with a coin they helped enact and bring up any new legislation that the Order is supporting. Personal visits with politicians are the only way to move our agenda. Commander Nazario can attest to how many politicians he has met to push this Bill through the process. BZ Commander. ! Yours in Patriotism, Chief Beck Reg I Commander Gary Witt, Commander Lynchburg Chapter 1607 with Desmond Doss Jr.


The Purple Heart November ~ December 2020 ~ ~ 12 REGION III Ken L. Teunissen (605) 310-6458 Eugene Coyle served on the front lines in Korea and was wounded by enemy fire three times. He engaged in some of the most brutal combat of the war, facing Chinese and North Korean waves in brutal assaults. He received a Combat Infantryman Badge and Expert Rifleman badge along with service medals. Even though the Army awarded him a CIB, he never received any of his Purple Hearts, nor his Bronze Star. When Eugene was 91, his grandson Kenny Coyle decided to get the missing awards. He contacted Senator John Thune's office and KELO TV's Angela Kenneck for help. But despite efforts by Thune's office, cutting through the Army's bureaucratic red tape proved to be nearly impossible. The Army said, "They denied Coyle's awards to maintain the integrity of the Purple Heart." Gene Coyle said, "That excuse was very irritating to hear." Part of the problem was that Coyle's Army records were destroyed in a fire in 1973, along with millions of other veterans' personnel files. But that did not mean there were no records of Coyle's injuries, just not the specific ones the Army required. Senator Thune's office was persistent, and the National Personnel Records Center found an aid station record of Coyle's treatment for wounds. Fortunately, Gene Coyle was presented with a Purple Heart by Senator John Thune in 2017 before he died. ! Eugene Coyle presented Purple Heart 70 years late by South Dakota Senator John Thune & Reg III Cmdr Ken Teunissen Commander Buck Underwood Ch 5355 presented Purple Heart Recipient Flag to Patriot Eugene Coyle's grandson Better Late Than Never


The Purple Heart November ~ December 2020 ~ ~ 13 I am honored to serve as your National Adjutant. Words are hard to come by to describe the humble feeling that comes with the privilege to assist our National Leadership in working on behalf of the membership. From the time I was elected as Commander, Chapter 460, I began looking for information and formulating tools in order for my Chapter to be successful during my tenure. The first was learning and understanding our Bylaws and asking for advice from those who had served in the position before me. That remained true when I was later elected as Commander, Department of Arkansas, and as Commander, Region V. Now, in my new position, I find myself again having much to learn. The good news is that I have all of you, the members of the Order, to reach out to for advice on reaching our common goalÑthe welfare of our fellow Veterans. National Adjutant's Corner Charles "Chuck" Adkins ! ! ! ! Over the course of time, I developed my Seven "R"s. 1) Recruiting, 2) Retention, 3) Reports, 4) Rosters 5) Raise Funds, 6) Resourcing, and 7) Recognition. While the re isn't enough space to define each "R" in this article, I will share them with anyone who asks. Along with my "Rs", Communication, Transparency, and Accountability served as the steering mechanisms for the successes achieved at the Chapter, Department and Region levels. I now bring them forward to use at the National level. For our newest members: The good first step towards achieving success in any organization is understanding its policies and regulations. For the Military Order of the Purple Heart (MOPH), it is the Federal Charter, Constitution, and Bylaws. While commonly referred to simply as the Bylaws, they are actually three distinct separate documents. They are the principles underlying the corporation for patriotic allegiance to the United States, fidelity to the Constitution and laws of the United States, the security of civil liberty, and the permanence of free institutions. The three documents give the MOPH the right to exist, provide guidance on how to govern and operate, and how to take care of our fellow Patriots. Every Patriot has a right to ask questions for clarification and to submit recommended changes to the Charter, Constitution, and the Bylaws. Finally, the Headquarters Team for the MOPH will be responsive to your requests for information and work in an open environment while protecting the rights and privacy of all concerned. Please treat the staff in the same respectful manner in which I expect them to treat you. ! Yours In Patriotism, Chuck Adkins


The Purple Heart November ~ December 2020 ~ ~ 14 PICTURES in The Purple Heart Magazine The number one complaint we get is, " I submitted a picture and it was never published. " There are a few simple reasons that pictures do not get in the magazine. Either the quality of the exposure or the composition of the picture is of poor quality. If you follow the Rule of Thirds and have at the least a minimum 300 dpi file, it greatly enhances the opportunity for us to share your picture with the membership. Pictures should be of an interest and pertinent to more than just the individuals in the picture. Also, remember that you need to supply the 5 " W s" ( W ho W hat W hen W here W hy) as attribution, identification, and reason for the picture. ! TIPS FOR SHOOTING PICTURES Hold your camera at the main object's level. Taking a picture from above or below brings an element of exertion to the photo. Ordinarily, the main source of light should be placed behind you. To take a picture with the light between you and the object is the task for a specialist. Use a dark background for taking a picture of a light object, or, alternatively, a light background for doing so of a dark object. Note though, that an absolutely white background causes ßare effect that leads to reducing the contrast of a taken picture. When the main object of an image is located on the long shot, the whole image will look better if the foreground objects will be taken into the image as well. ! National Surgeon! !!!!!Phillip A. Snodgrass, M.D. " I am honored to be the Military Order of the Purple Heart Surgeon. I continue to serve as a VA physician in Little Rock, AR. I will have future information concerning the VA examinations and benefits of service. My sincere hope is that all of our members are well. I hope that you have not been ill due to the pandemic. The notice that there are therapies and now immunization is heartening. It is not just an illness that our organization and our country is battling. The loss of personal work, the loss of open education, and family life disruption have caused all of us undue concern. It is my belief that we should look inward to our blessings and share those blessings with fellow members who struggle with current changes. We all got up from the ground after being wounded, many with pain and suffering, but we have persevered. General Washington wanted us to be the American standard. That standard has not changed. ! God Bless You All. Phillip A. Snodgrass, M.D (Col MC AUS Ret.) ! ! ! ! (870) 217-1852


The Purple Heart November ~ December 2020 ~ ~ 15 started in Grenada with stops along the way in Libya, and Panama. My experiences in Vietnam as a WIA (Wounded In Action) on two different occasions give me insight into what happens to those described as "light casualties." It is incredible what the senses observe, and the mind can retain about shocking incidents lasting only a few seconds. "Oh hell," was my first thought when I heard the incoming round that got me. Cognitively, I do not remember the explosion, which sent me crashing to the ground. Strangely enough, the sound of Corporal Mines's body hitting the ground beside me is vividly imprinted in my memory. After hitting the ground, there a burning sensation in my hip, thighs, and legs. It was many seconds before I discovered the injuries were more extensive than those first sensations indicated. There were sharp stabbing pains in my chest when I tried to push myself off the ground that alerted me to the presence of shrapnel in my pleural cavity. To alleviate blindness, I ran my hands across my eyes; when it came back wet, I discovered a couple of pieces of the hot metal had also hit me in the head. Following triage, at the 1st Marine Division, 1st Medical Battalion Hospital in DaNang, I laid with many others in the courtyard preparatory to entering the operating room (OR). Before surgery, Casualties Are People By Nick McIntosh Printed July/August 1992 Mensa Bulletin The breathless reporter said that we had engaged Iraqi forces, and there has been heavy fighting. Early reports indicate the coalition forces have taken "light casualties." In this context, the word light is a quantitative adjective that overlooks the obvious. There was no consideration given as to how seriously wounded the "light casualties" might have been. The Middle East war was a highly covered media event that had all the earmarks of a Hollywood production. Surrealistic pictures of smart bombs going down vent shafts and Scuds being intercepted by Patriot missiles provided excitement. Emotional interviews with families of the personnel in the Middle East supplied human drama and pathos. The network's experts (retired Generals) discussion strategy and tactics ensured the suspense and heightened the ultimate video game drama. What has not been covered was the human aspect of casualties. Oh yes, the media kept score by reporting the number of wounded and dead. Unfortunately, or maybe, fortunately, they never got an expert (a Purple Heart recipient) who could convey the thoughts and feelings of troops wounded in combat. Therefore, I think it's time for one of the 726,917 living Purple Heart recipients (statistic in 1991) to speak out before we lightly consider a sequel. Especially when the Persian Gulf is viewed from a historical perspective as another step down the road which Lt. Mac the day before being WIA Dan Kenny (hat) Steve "Moses" Land


The Purple Heart November ~ December 2020 ~ ~ 16 transformation from being a strong, healthy young man in command of a Marine Platoon and my environment to being a patient. My helplessness was so severe that everything had to be done for me, which included such simple action as feeding myself, writing a letter home, or taking a wheelchair out on the ship's deck for a view of North Vietnam. That excursion was preceded by a pain shot and was terminated after a few minutes because of total exhaustion. It would be many days before my vital signs were stable, and I was strong enough to be transferred to the US Naval Hospital in Guam. Being a casualty in a war zone is traumatic, to say the least, but the feelings of defenselessness that wafts over you as the battle continues after being wounded are indescribable. With a sound body, no matter how bad a firefight got, you didn't feel completely helpless because you knew you could protect yourself. Once you are wounded, everything changes because you have to rely on others for your protection. A sudden realization of your vulnerability and recognition of personal mortality is a very disconcerting revolution. Before we get too caught up in glorifying the operations that liberated Kuwait, we should always remember that war is a failure to keep the peace. No matter who the event victor is, casualties result from this failure. The victims of wounds are young bodies violated by metal thrown out in the form of bullets and high explosive rounds. I hope my personal experience points out that "casualties" are more than statistics or a method of keeping score: Casualties are People . ! there was pain upon movement, but I could converse with those around me. After returning from the OR, I was completely incapacitated. There were tubes down my throat, protruding from my chest, and stuck in my veins. The tubes made it impossible to move or even talk, which in effect isolated me. It would be many days before I regained any semblance of control over my own destiny. I passed indistinguishable days and nights following my chest and abdominal surgery in partial light and unrelenting pain. This pattern was disturbed only once by incoming mortar rounds, which created excitement among the hospital staff. The explosions a couple of hundred meters away caused a Corpsman to throw a flag jacket on my chest. While everyone else feared the mortars, I anguished under the weight of the flak jacket. It's pressure was crashing out the little air that made its way into my lungs. Eventually, they remove the suffocating flak jacket, and I returned to sparsely spaced moments of unconsciousness, eons of mind-numbing pain, and the chest pumps ". ..ssh kathumpÉssh, kathumpo. Time was measured not by the clock but rather by the shots' effect, which kept the pain at bay. These relief periods were a small ditch compared to the abyss created by pain that swallowed all thoughts. A transfer from the intensive care unit of the 1st Med Battalion to the hospital ship Repose only brought a change from following the peaks and valleys of the Quonset Hut's corrugated roof the counting rivets in the overhead on the ship. Destiny in the form of a mortar round had marked my USS REPOSE


The Purple Heart November ~ December 2020 ~ ~ 17 Corporal J.R. Spears USMC was killed in action in Ramadi, Iraq on 23 Oct 200 5 MOPH Chapter 566, & the Dept of Florida held a memorial for the family on the anniversary of his death . NEWS & GATHERINGS 54$F':"X'+$'4)08+'H$4F'!7,44"O'@,%'!F)+82$%O'9%%'!F)+82$%O' /,%&I'3#Y8""O'5:$4)&,'@";,4+F"%+Z2'<$FF,%&"4O'3,4:,' 3#Y8""O'9%&4"1'@":'Y,*&)$O'@";,4+F"%+'$N'5:$4)&,'9*R):),4I' [4"2)&"%+'\"4)'H$#SU@":'Y,*&)$O'5:$4)&,'<8,;:,)%'<84)2'(,F."4 Finding the Cardinal Hall of Fame CafÂŽ closed for unannounced renovation, six members of Bluegrass Chapter 146 (Louisville, KY) initiated their second 'Parking-Lot Tailgate Meeting' for the good of the Order. Back in January of 2015, a snow and ice storm found Patriots of the Bluegrass Chapter 146 stranded outside where they initiated their 1st 'Tailgate Meeting.' "The Purple Heart Magazine," May/June 2015, on page 32, provides photo evidence . This past October, without a storm, the restaurant that hosts the Purple Heart Chapter in its "Coaches Room" took advantage of the 'pandemic' to schedule interior renovations. The Chapter was surprised by the small "Closed" sign on the front door when the members arrived. Not to miss an opportunity Bluegrass Chapter 146 refreshed tradition and tailgated a quorum. Chapter Adjutant, Patriot Smrt, had all the necessary items: miniature PH flag set, Bible, Sign-In book, Minutes, were on a tailgate tableaux. Not to be remiss, a series of cellphone digital photographs documented the adventurous Patriots and will be in the Chapter archive as an example of never missing an opportunity to conduct a Chapter 146 Business Meeting. ! Jerry Ennis Commander, Chris Smrt Chap Adjutant Roy Renfrow, Will Spencer, Steve Schaltenbrand Chapter 146 KY Always Meets by Jerry Ennis, Commander


The Purple Heart November ~ December 2020 ~ ~ 18 Ernie Rivera Commander (321) 276-7609 James L. McCormick Sr Vice Cmdr (304) 206-6065 Christopher Vedvick Jr Vice Cmdr (904) 372-3720 Judge Advocate Anyone interested on servicing, contact the Adjutant Walter Kroptavich Finance Officer (501) 529-5961 Brent Kusama Inspector (202) 876-4342 Ken Swords Sgt-at-Arms (404) 374-8971 Kristin Beck Region 1 Cmdr (701) 202-7720 Terry D. Anderson Region 2 Cmdr (507) 236-4653 Kenneth L. Teunissen Region 3 Cmdr (605) 310-6458 Leonard Lazzara Region 4 Cmdr (252) 626-7046 Carder Ferguson Region 5 Cmdr (479) 459-4317 Edward M. McGlynn Region 6 Cmdr (520) 227-9144 Dennis A. Wallot NFC Chairman (734) 595-6040 Nick McIntosh NPC Chairman (502) 494-0256 NATIONAL ELECTED OFFICERS Chuck Adkins Adjutant (479) 263-6772 SVC Director Anyone interested on servicing, contact the Adjutant Chuck Byers Legislative Officer (480) 258-7105 Dr. Carlton Cannon Chaplain (302) 448-085 Phillip Snodgrass Surgeon (870) 217-1852 Robert Olivarez Pubic Relations Director (360) 333-3163 Kristin Beck Advocacy Officer (701) 202-7720 Martin Byrne Suicide Awareness (316) 227-9309 Jon Lunkwicz PH Legacy & Trail (972) 754-2230 Gary Witt Deputy Sgt@Arms (434) 258-1808 Martin Byrne Assistant Sgt@Arms (316) 227-9309 Brandon Wegner Chief Info Officer (530) 605-8607 NATIONAL APPOINTED OFFICERS