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Title Dorie Miller ~ Navy Cross Dec 7, 1941 Volume LXXXI Digital No 2 !!!!!!January/February 2021


The Purple Heart January/February 2021 of 2 41 The Purple Heart ISSN: 0279-0653 " January/February 2021 " 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" MOPH National Headquarters . " CHANGES of addresses or DEATH of a Member " 5413 B Backlick Road, Spring Þ eld, VA 22151 ~ Voice (703) 642-5360 , Fax (703) 642-1841 " Membership application (Click ÑÑ> " NEWS, PHOTOS, EDITORIALS, & COMMENTS to: (502) 494-0256 COPYRIGHT 2021 BY Military Order of the Purple Heart , Inc. All rights reserved " E-mail and website addresses in this issue. Test out the link by using this one to visit the Military Order of the Purple Heart Headquarters website. The Purple Heart Magazine can be found on the website under the heading" ABOUT" .' The University of Florida Digital Collections has copies of the The Purple Heart Magazine going back to 2011. https://ufdc.u ß .edu/AA00047747/00047/downloads T he Military Order of the Purple Heart deeply appreciates the University of Florida's dedication to preserving the history of the combat wounded service men and women. 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 Nick McIntosh NPCChairman & The Purple Heart Editor The Military Order of the Purple Heart has had to borrow from the Life Membership Fund (LMF). This was necessary for the Order's Headquarters to continue to function. The Commander, Senior Vice Commander, and Junior Vice Commander are working on getting the Order back on a sound financial basis. A Patriot asked, " How can you justify paying to put out the 'The Purple Heart Magazine when we are using the Life Membership funds to operate?" The Nov/Dec Magazine formatted and posted on the Dartmouth Printing platform cost $187 for the issue. The cost is based on the number of pages in each issue. The Publications Committee has been adamant in that we will not use LMF funds to produce the magazine. To avoid the cost of professionals doing the editing, layout, and copy editing, the National Publications Committee puts out the Magazine out ourselves. The National Publications Committee also has made provisions for taking paid advertising. That not only covers our web platform expense but provides the Order with some income. 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 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 . Purple Hear Magazine in the 21 st Century


The Purple Heart January/February 2021 of 3 41 the National HQ is here to support and assist all our members, and we need to have the correct reports to provide accurately updated rosters. Over the next few months, we will start the process of our annual elections, ROTC, and Scholarships. As we start the second half of our year, we are working hard to finalize the Convention and will have the information posted on the website soon. We have lost some dedicated leaders during the last few months. We send our thoughts and prayers to all affected by the loss of these fantastic Patriots. ! Yours in Patriotism Ernie Rivera As we move into 2021, I want to thank all our current leaders, from chapter Officers to our National Elected team. Over the last two years, the Order has drastically changed. I am excited about our future and know we are heading in the right direction. The new website has been instrumental in getting the muchneeded reports and information critical to the success at the Department and Chapter level. We have moved the staff into one side of our building and are preparing the other side to lease out. The HQ team has caught up on applications, and with the new program in place, our goal is to have new completed applications processed and active within 21 days. The annual rebates are being sent out. I am asking all our leaders to get the reports turned in on time, Ernie Rivera National Commander (321) 276-7609 !"#$%&''&()*+$,-./)&.0$"-1#$2##*$/#3&+*)4#5$%&/$."#)/$ "-/5$(&/6$-*5$5#5)3-.)&*$.&$."#)/$7#+)&*0$ -*5$."# $8/5#/9$$ :$"-1#$0#*.$#-3"$;-./)&.$-$<#/.) = )3-.#$-*5$<"-''#*+#$<&)* $ $7#+)&*$>:?$$$@)36$A/-*3)03&BC0)-$,-3) = )3D $ $7#+)&*$>?$$E/F3#$G(H#/$B8I $ $7#+)&*$:>?$$G-1)5$!-H'&/B@< $ $7#+)&*$:::?$$J#*#$KF/;"HBG-6&.-0 $ $7#+)&*$::?$$L)'')-M$EF''BK@ $ $7#+)&*$:?$$J-/H$L)..B>C $ $EH'-(0$<&MM)..##?$N-//H$N#)+".&*BCO $


The Purple Heart January/February 2021 of 4 41 I want to say that I am incredibly thankful for all of the efforts of the Region Commanders. I ask a lot out of them, and they always exceed my expectations with their professionalism and zeal. Each of them goes above and beyond to ensure that their Region receives the information, resources, and support it needs to succeed. 2021 will not be any easier, but I am sure that Kristin, Terry, Ken, Lenny, Carder, and Mac can handle it. I want to cap this message off with a quote from Robert Kennedy, who said: I hope you will all continue to act on behalf of Veterans and their families as we look to improve their quality of life through our acts of kindness and advocacy. ! We are stronger together. Yours in Patriotism, Christopher Vedvick Christopher Vedvick National Junior Commander (904) 372-3720 I hope that everyone had a happy and healthy holiday season. With each new year, we are renewed with hope as we embrace new beginnings and fresh perspectives. This year is no different for us here in the MOPH. We continue to rebuild, focusing on programs to help Veterans and their families. We continue to engage with Patriots from all over the country to understand their perspectives and share ideas. This type of exchange allows us to grow and adapt our organization to serve our members better. But we cannot rely on ideas alone; we must act! We must try to increase our membership, grow core competencies within our volunteers, and reconstitute programs that help Veterans. That work is never easy and requires determination and sacrifice by our membership. Everyone has a part to play in our organization, from the Chapter to the National level. Speaking of Membership, we have started a new method for applicants to join the Order through our website. It is much more efficient and will allow for a much more expedited process for handling membership applications by the Headquarters. A big Thank You goes out to the National Adjutant and the Headquarters staff for their continued efforts to process all the backlogged membership applications so that we can adequately welcome all these new Patriots into the Order. PQ-3"$.)M#$-$M-*$0.-*50$F;$%&/$-*$)5#-'R$&/$ -3.0$.&$)M;/&1#$."#$'&.$&%$&."#/0R$&/$0./)6#0$ &F.$-+-)*0.$)*SF0.)3#R$"#$0#*50$%&/."$-$.)*H$ /);;'#$&%$"&;#R$-*5$3/&00)*+$#-3"$&."#/$ %/&M$-$M)'')&*$5)%%#/#*.$3#*.#/0$&%$#*#/+H$ -*5$5-/)*+$."&0#$/);;'#0$.&$2F)'5$-$3F//#*.$ (")3"$3-*$0(##;$5&(*$."#$M)+".)#0.$(-''0$ &%$&;;/#00)&*$-*5$/#0)0.-*3#9P$ $


The Purple Heart January/February 2021 Page of 5 41 The annual National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day ceremonies were modified this year due to COVID-19. Only a virtual ceremony at the USS Arizona was held. However, the MOPH Oahu Chapter and Hawaii Department decided that an in-person wreath laying was too important and determined that a small group of members with masks and social distancing would conduct a very short, abbreviated ceremony. The afternoon of December 7, 2020, 79 years after the 1941 attack on Pearl Harbor, seven men gathered at the base of the main monument at the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific at Punchbowl to honor those 2403 servicemen killed in the Pearl Harbor attack and the tens of thousands lost during WWI, WWII, Korea, Vietnam, and the Gulf wars. Over 54,000 service personnel and their dependents are interred here. ! REGION VI Edward "Mac" McGlynn (520) 227-9144 Charles Earthman, PDC CA 707-318-2837 L~R Anthony Spadaro, SgtMaj, USMC; Earl Hurrey, MGySgt, USMC Joel Brilliant, Captain, USN Cmdr Dept of HI, Ace Kaaleohano, JCmdr, & Sr VCmdrBob Cox, Oahu Chapter; Tommy Tanaka, Past Chapter & Dept Cmdr. Behind!the camera Ed Cruickshank, Col, USA Cmdr, Oahu Chapter. A Time to Remember December 7, 2020


The Purple Heart January/February 2021 of 6 41 Doris Miller, known as "Dorie" to shipmates and friends, was born in Waco, Texas, on 12 October 1919, to Henrietta and Conery Miller. He had three brothers, one of which served in the Army during World War II. While attending Moore High School in Waco, he was a fullback on the football team. He worked on his father's farm before enlisting in the U.S Navy Mess Attendant, Third Class, at Dallas, Texas, on 16 September 1939, to travel, and earn money for his family. He later was commended by the Secretary of the Navy, and was advanced to Mess Attendant, Second Class and First Class, and subsequently was promoted to Cook, Third Class. Following training at the Naval Training Station, Norfolk, Virginia, Miller was assigned to the ammunition ship USS Pyro (AE-1) where he served as a Mess Attendant, and on 2 January 1940 was transferred to USS West Virginia (BB-48) , where he became the ship's heavyweight boxing champion. In July of that year he had temporary duty aboard USS Nevada (BB-36) at Secondary Battery Gunnery School. He returned to the West Virginia and on 3 August, and was serving in that battleship when the Japanese Doris "Dorie" Miller Navy Cross Recipient attacked Pearl Harbor on 7 December 1941. Miller had arisen at 6 a.m., and was collecting laundry when the alarm for general quarters sounded. He headed for his battle station, the antiaircraft battery magazine amidship, only to discover that torpedo damage had wrecked it, so he went on deck. Because of his physical prowess, he was assigned to carry wounded fellow Sailors to places of greater safety. Then an officer ordered him to the bridge to aid the mortally wounded Captain of the ship. He subsequently manned a 50 caliber Browning anti-aircraft machine gun until he ran out of ammunition and was ordered to abandon ship. Miller described firing the machine gun during the battle, a weapon which he had not been trained to operate: " It wasn't hard. I just pulled the trigger and she Speaking during a visit to the Naval Training Station, Great Lakes, Illinois, on 7 January 1943. He is wearing the Navy Cross medal, awarded for heroism during the Pearl Harbor Attack, 7 December 1941. Of Þ cial U.S. Navy Photograph, in the collections of the National Archives .


The Purple Heart January/February 2021 of 7 41 presented to Miller on board aircraft carrier USS Enterprise (CV-6) for his extraordinary courage in battle. Speaking of Miller, Nimitz remarked: This marks the first time in this conflict that such high tribute has been made in the Pacific Fleet to a member of his race and I'm sure that the future will see others similarly honored for brave acts. On 13 December 1941, Miller reported to USS Indianapolis (CA-35) , and subsequently returned to the West coast of the United States in November 1942. Assigned to the newly constructed USS Liscome Bay (CVE-56) in the spring of 1943, Miller was on board that escort carrier during Operation Galvanic, the seizure of Makin and Tarawa Atolls in the Gilbert Islands. Liscome Bay's aircraft supported operations ashore between 20-23 November 1943. At 5:10 am. on the 24 November, while cruising near Butaritari Island, a single torpedo from Japanese submarine I-175 struck the escort carrier near the stern. worked fine. I had watched the others with these guns. I guess I fired her for about fifteen minutes. I think I got one of those Jap planes. They were diving pretty close to us." During the attack, Japanese aircraft dropped two armored piercing bombs through the deck of the battleship and launched five 18-inch aircraft torpedoes into her port side. Heavily damaged by the ensuing explosions, and suffering from severe flooding below decks, the crew abandoned ship while West Virginia slowly settled to the harbor bottom. Of the 1,541 men on West Virginia during the attack, 130 were killed and 52 wounded. Subsequently refloated, repaired, and modernized, the battleship served in the Pacific theater through to the end of the war in August 1945. Miller was commended by the Secretary of the Navy Frank Knox on 1 April 1942, and on 27 May 1942 he received the Navy Cross, which Fleet Admiral (then Admiral) Chester W. Nimitz, the Commander in Chief, Pacific Fleet personally The aircraft bomb magazine detonated a few moments later, sinking the warship within minutes. Listed as missing following the loss of that escort carrier, Miller was officially presumed dead 25 November 1944, a year and a day after the loss of Liscome Bay. Only 272 Sailors survived the sinking of Liscome Bay, while 646 died. In addition to the Navy Cross, Miller was entitled to the Purple Heart Medal; the American Defense Service Medal, Fleet Clasp; the Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal; and the World War II Victory Medal. The USS Miller (FF-1091), a Knox-class frigate, was named in honor of Doris Miller was commissioned on 30 June 1973. On 11 October 1991, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority dedicated a bronze commemorative plaque of Miller at the Miller Family Park located on the United States Naval Base, Pearl Harbor . ! Naval History and Heritage Command


The Purple Heart January/February 2021 Page of 8 41 imprisoned for years at the Stalag with very meager rations and surrounded by death. On April 29, 1945, General George S. Patton liberated the POW camp riding on top of his tank. John cried with the thousands of other POWs at that camp, as Patton's army removed the swastika flags and raised the American flag. These stories of rescue, triumph, and suffering during the war are shared stories between our patriots from World War Two and even now during the Global War on Terror. More stories are out there, including another WWII veteran, Prisoner of War, and Purple Heart recipient, Patriot Jerry Wolf. He is 96 years old and resides in Virginia. Both Jerry and John Pedevillano met for the first time in December 2017 at a MOPH event in Springfield, VA. They had been Prisoners of War. in the same Stalag but were separated and didn't know each other. They spent the next hours Second Lieutenant John Pedevillano, a World War II veteran, Prisoner of War, and Purple Heart recipient, passed away at the age of 98 on December 3, 2020. Our deepest condolences go to John's family in their time of loss as we remember and honor one of the Greatest Generation. His obituary can be viewed by clicking the following link. Here. John served as a 2nd Lieutenant in the US Army Air Corps with the 306th Bomb Group's 369th Bombardment Squadron "Fightin' Bitin." He was stationed in Thurleigh, England, as one of the youngest Bombardiers on the Flying Fortress B-17 nicknamed the "Miss Carriage." John finally received his Purple Heart Medal on July 14, 2017, after Chapter 353 (Northern Virginia) submitted the paperwork to the Air Force for consideration. With proper paperwork and diligence, anything can be accomplished. John was shot down over Germany, where he was captured and became a POW. John was in Stalag Luft III for officers.. Many POWs had been REGION I Kristen "Chief" Beck Social media @valor4u s (701) 202 7720 " Honoring Two WWII Bombardier POWs by Patriots Vivian Cochran & Gordon Sumner Contributions by Barbara Pedevillano Major General James Jacobson USAF presented John Pedevillano Purple Heart Medal for wounds in WW2 L~R Jerry Wolf & John Pedevillano


The Purple Heart J anuary/February 2021 Page of 9 41 sharing their experiences and stories with each other. To hear those stories would have been a blessing to any American. Jerry was awarded the Purple Heart for wounds received in combat when his Army Air Corps B-17 bomber was shot down near Berlin in 1944. He was a top turret gunner and flight engineer. Jerry was the only Jewish member of his crew. After he was shot down and captured, Jerry was in Stalag Luft IV for enlisted. Jerry was also imprisoned for 11 months,. Recently during the pandemic, Jerry and his wife Doris were having a rough time. The Department of Virginia and others in the Region rallied around Chapter 353 to help. A successful meal train spanning two months from December 2020 until the end of January 2021. Over 45 volunteers Lynchburg MOPH Chapter 1607 recently had one of members recognized by Liberty University with The George Rogers Champion of Freedom Award. The award is given annually to a man or woman who served in the United States Armed Forces and went above the call of duty, displaying extraordinary heroism while in the service and continuing to serve as an outstanding ambassador in their community. For 2020,The award was presented to Army Sargent Clifton R. ( Buck ) Krantz at a Liberty Flames football game during Liberty's Military Emphasis Week, near Veterans Day. For his service to his country he was awarded a Bronze Star with V Device for Valor that reads as follows. For meritorious service, not involving participation in aerial flight in connection with military operations against a hostile force in the Republic of Vietnam. (Then) Specialist Four Krantz Liberty University's George Rogers Champion of Freedom Award 2020 contributed hot and healthy home-cooked meals, Doordash, Grubhub gift certificates, or monetary donations. In thanking their supporters, the Wolfs stated, "The reduction in time spent planning and preparing meals has allowed us more time to focus on the tasks at hand and to find some muchneeded time to relax and de-stress." We all need to take time, tell stories, and share with patriots from every generation while we are able. Although during the COVID restriction visiting each other is difficult, we should try to connect in other ways. The greatest thing our Order has to offer is the Fraternity and fellowship of like-minded Americans. Two WW2 POWs from the same Stalag finally got to meet and trade experiences over a hot cup of joe. Thank you, Patriot Gary Witt, for sharing this . !


The Purple Heart January/February 2021 Page of 10 41 L-R Joan Brady, Charlotte Current, Mike Brady, Clifton (Buck) Krantz, Thomas Current, Minerva Krant, Linda WittGary Wi tt distinguished himself by exceptional valorous actions on 8 March 1969, while serving as senior radio operator with Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 2nd Battalion, (Airmobile), 12th Cavalry during an enemy attack in the Tay Ninh Province, Republic of Vietnam. When his unit's landing zone came under intense enemy rocket, mortar, and ground attack, Specialist Krantz exposed himself to the hostile barrage as he monitored the radio and kept communications open with higher headquarters. Although wounded in action, Specialist Krantz remained at his post efficiently handling his duties. His display of personal bravery and devotion to duty is in keeping with the highest traditions of the military service and reflects great credit upon himself, his unit and the United States Army. Krantz was also awarded a Purple Heart, Vietnam Service Medal with Three Bronze Stars, Republic of Vietnam Gallantry Cross, Republic of Vietnam Civil Action Medal First Class Unit Citation, Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal, Nation Defense Medal, Combat Infant Badge, and other medals. Krantz and one other soldier were the only two survivors of the six soldiers in the command bunker. The base commander was one of the ones killed in the command bunker. !


The Purple Heart January/February 2021 Page of 11 41 Learn More Aylstock , Witkin , Kreis and Overholtz , PLLC Proudly Serves our Purple Heart Veterans by War on Terror Combat Litigation! The War on Terror Combat Litigation serves U . S . Military Veterans/U . S . Government Contractors and their families who participated in combat operations in the Afghanistan conflict ( 2001 2017 ) or the Iraq conflict ( 2003 2011 ) . To be eligible to be represented by legal counsel in this case, a candidate must have been either killed or wounded by enemy action in either Afghanistan or Iraq . Methods of enemy engagement include, but are not limited to, Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs), Rocket/Mortar fire, Sniper Fire or Complex Close Ambush . Why this litigation now and who is it against ? Iran's Islamic Republic since 1979 has sought to prosecute a proxy war against the United States . Iran's deliberate, insidious and diabolical efforts led to death and serious injury of many of our fellow Veterans . Now it is time to bring Iran to justice! What do I need to do to learn more to join the fight ? Our Firm is committed to obtaining justice for Veterans and has the resources to assist you with your claim . Step one is to call the Terrorism Experts at Aylstock, Witkin, Kreis and Overholtz PLLC (AWKO Law ) . !"#$%#&'#"($)*$+&,,-./$01'$2.#3 4"''0'-%5$4"&5$ ! "#$%&'$' ( )$)$*& "6#".%-0. "+,& #0$,"&'.$708$*01$+&.$9"":$;-/7#-./< Our Anti Terrorism Team is supported by LtCol Andrew Del Gaudio USMC (Ret) PhD . He was awarded a Purple Heart for wounds in Iraq . Patriot Del Gaudio is member of the Military Order of Purple Heart . Afghanistan & Iraq WIA's Make Iran pay for your injuries


The Purple Heart January/February 2021 Page of 12 41 Charlie Burke laughs when he recalls that he joined the Navy in 1966 to keep from getting drafted and going to Vietnam. Ironically he became a hospital corpsman, a combat medic, assigned to a Marine unit in Vietnam from 1967-68. The Anderson, Indiana native received a Purple Heart after he was wounded in action. Burke graduated from Madison Heights High School in Anderson in May 1966 and he entered boot camp that June. "I joined the Navy to stay out of Vietnam but it didn't work out too well," the Michigan resident said laughing. He was the second oldest of four boys; and their father had served in the Navy in World War II. He was 18 when assigned to Vietnam to support Hotel Company, 2 nd Battalion, 9 th Marine Regiment, 3 rd Marine Division. He was with the company's 2 nd platoon. Whenever a squad would go out on patrol or an ambush, they would take a hospital corpsman with them. Burke earned 11 combat stars during the nine months which means he participated in 11 combat missions. "It was terrible," he said of the experience. "It was long Charlie Burke Navy Corpsman periods of boredom interlaced with sheer terror." On Nov. 30, 1967, Burke's unit was on patrol in the Demilitarized Zone when they were ambushed by the North Vietnamese. Burke was wounded while running toward an injured Marine. He received shrapnel wounds to his left eye. He fully recovered but still carries a piece of shrapnel in his eye. Fifty-one years later, the Veterans of Foreign Wars selected him to be among nine veterans who would return to Vietnam for a twoweek trip to visit the places where they had fought during the war. The Ralph Charles Kahle Jr. endowment fund was established in 1999 by a $1.1. million bequest from a Navy officer. Since 2005 the fund has enable more than 150 wounded Vietnam veterans to return to their former battlefields. Burke traveled In December 1966, Charlie Burke graduated from the Navy Hospital Corps School as hospital corpsman apprentice. He served in Vietnam in 1967-68


The Purple Heart January/February 2021 Page of 13 41 until he retired in 1986. Burke received a bachelor's in finance in 1982 and a master's in international business in 1988 from Ball State University. He rejoined the Nay in 1982 and received his commission that July from officer candidate school. He was assigned to the USS Dwight D. Eisenhower, a nuclearpowered aircraft carrier, as the navigation [division] officer in 1983-84 in Norfolk, Virginia. He was with the USS Kidd guided missile destroyer from 1984-85 in Norfolk. He was assigned to the Marine Corps as a naval gunfire liaison officer from 1985-86 at Camp Lejeune, North Carolina, when he left active duty. Burke retired from the Navy Reserve in 2005 as the mobilization officer at Joint Forces Command in Norfolk and left as a commander. He was a government civilian 27 years until he retired in 2006 from the Defense Finance and Accounting Service in Indianapolis, Indiana, as an accountant. with his fellow veterans in April-May 2019. "I was a little apprehensive but once I got there it was a wonderful trip," he said. "The people in Hanoi could not have been more gracious to us returning veterans. And we had a Vietnamese tour guide with us the entire two weeks. "It was really good to go back and see how the country has changed. And Vietnam has a thriving economy." Among their stops in the two-week tour were the places where Burke had served: Dong Ha, Camp Carol, Con Thien, and Cam Lo. In Hanoi they visited what used to be the "Hanoi Hilton" which housed American prisoner of war. They visited Hanoi, Hue, Danang, and Ho Chi Minh City, the former Saigon. Burke said his most vivid memory from 1967-68 in Vietnam was "how beautiful the country is, just beautiful county." He left the Navy in 1969 as a petty officer third class. He was a production worker for General Motors for 17 years His wife of 26 years, Tammy, retired from DFAS in 2014 after 35 years of service. She worked at Redstone in 1992-93 as chief of the family support division. The couple got married in 1993 and transferred to Indianapolis. They moved to Huntsville [Alabama] in 2013 and then moved to Michigan last year. Burke, 71, is a private pilot and a member of the Single Action Shooters Society. He is a life member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, the Military Order of the Purple Heart, and the Disabled American Veterans. He shared his thoughts on this nation's commemoration of 50 years since the Vietnam War. "I think it's about time he said. " I mean there's a lot of young men and women who sacrificed a lot by supporting the government in going to Vietnam when it was very unpopular to do so. And it should have taken 50 years to recognize that sacrifice." ! Article, by Skip Vaughn, Redstone Rocket editor, appeared in the Redstone Rocket,


The Purple Heart J anuary/February 2021 Page of 14 41 REGION III Ken L. Teunissen (605) 310-6458 COVID 19 has taken its toll throughout our country and continues to menace and disrupt our daily lives and routines. . COVID cases in Wyoming have been on the upswing the last few months, and hindered any physical meetings. Phone conferences, emails and zoom meetings have filled in, to cover the void. A few things of note, that were recently accomplished: Purple Heart Day, August 7 th has been proclaimed by Wyoming Governor Mark Gordon as Wyoming Purple Heart Day, in the future. A fitting ceremony was held at the Capitol in Cheyenne, WY, to celebrate the event. In attendance were the Governor, TAG, Chairman and Executive Director of the Wyoming Veterans Commission, Barry D. Gasdek, Wyoming Department Commander, Ray Livermont, Department and Chapter 800 Adjutant and other Purple Heart recipients. A Purple Heart Flag was donated to Ft Washakie Indian Reservation, for use at funerals and other ceremonial events, for the Northern Arapaho and Eastern Shoshone Tribes. Be safe and adhere to the COVID 19 guidelines! Barry D. Gasdek Commander Department of Wyoming MOPH ! Department of Wyoming Eugene Coyle presented Purple Heart 70 years late by South Dakota Senator John Thune & Reg III Cmdr Ken Teunissen Chief Joseph Chapter 509 We are till meeting via Zoom for the last eight months and have not had any public events this year. We continuing to support the VA Hospital and Veterans Home in Boise by buying items needed. We have supported several Veterans and their Families by paying rents, car payments and bills and donated $1000 to the Dept of LA. In the last couple months we have donated over $8,000 to the Vet's Home, Veteran Services, monies toward a Bus for the new Veterans Home in Northern Idaho. ! Department of Idaho Pictured is Department of the Dakotas, Cmdr Patriot Ken Teunissen, Sioux Falls Chapter 5355 Cmdr Patriot Buck Underwood, Chairman of the Board of Directors for the Wings of Valor Lodge is Sean Adams, and Patriot Gene Murphy. Commander William "Bill" Hamilton Wings of Valor Lodge is a hunting preserve near Parker,SD. to help Disabled Veterans and those individuals in wheel chairs.. ! South Dakota


The Purple Heart January/February 2021 Page of 15 41 Greeting Patriots MOPH Region V is still moving forward despite the limitations of Covid-19. Each state has different restrictions so planning a meeting is challenging. Chapters in the Region have learned to adapt and have had meetings either outdoor at a park in a pavilion or their regular meeting place by spreading out, keeping with social distancing guidelines. Some Chapters have had online meetings for the ones who cannot get out and risk exposure. One way or another, the Chapters, Departments are working to keep MOPH members informed and up to date and see if they may need anything. As January 2021 has started, MOPH Departments in Region V have received the Key Date list from MOPH National and are preparing to schedule Chapters and Department Elections. With the Chapters and Departments planning now, they can make options if they can meet in person or have to do a digital meeting and turn in the Election Report on time to MOPH National. While this is going on, each Chapter and Department are planning and working on other reports such as Finance, Americanism, Welfare, VAVS, and making sure the 990N is filed. It seems to be a busy time again, but Region V will accomplish this and move forward. I like to take a moment of silence for several patriots in Region V who have passed away. (Thank you!!) Several Departments and Chapters have lost some outstanding leadership, and it will be hard for them to replace them. But I know through the current REGION V Cader Ferguson Commander m (479) 459-4317 John Footman Chief of Staff m (254) 681-8807 leadership and members with teamwork, they will move forward and be successful. Speaking of success, Oklahoma and Texas in Region V have been busy with several events such as Purple Heart Counties and Cities and Parks. Hats off to them for an outstanding job working with the community and keeping everyone aware of the high price paid for their freedom to travel and live in a free society and a reminder of the sacrifices Purple Heart Veterans made for our Country. ! Thank you for an outstanding Job!! Region V Commander Carder Ferguson MOPH Department of Texas at the Armed Forces Bowl December 31 held in Fort Worth Texas . Department of Texas Leadership with MG Burt of the Space Force.


The Purple Heart January/February 2021 Page of 16 41 On November 19, 2020, the City of Windcrest, Texas, invited Alamo Chapter 1836 members to a tree-lighting in the city park. Four Patriots of the Chapter attended, and there were many other veterans and citizens of the City who attended. We did not know until we arrived what the City intended. Much to our surprise and pleasure, the City had elected to erect a "Purple Heart Tree" along with two large and beautiful signs which can be read from both directions on the street approaching the park. I don't know if this is the first "Purple Heart Tree" erected, but I have heard of no other. The City of Windcrest has always been a very patriotic city with many veteran citizens. It declared itself a "Purple Heart City" several years ago. ! Purple Heart Recipients Left to right: Bill Crumlett (Chapter 1836), Wes Manning (Windcrest Resident), Alfred Davila (Chapter 1836), Edward Arciniega (Chapter 1836), Larry Howell (Windcrest resident),Pete Rosie(Chapter 1836) A Purple Heart Tree Thanks to MOPH Chapter 902 (out of Oklahoma City) with their leadership in getting the AAFES stores across the world to honor our Purple Heart Brothers & Sisters. Proud Salute Mitch REED with Chapter 589 out of Broken Arrow, Oklahoma. Mitch is Oklahoma State Ambassador of Purple Heart Trails. Here he is presenting a sign for Tulsa County OK .


The Purple Heart January/February 2021 Page of 17 41 Karen Walton LPN greeted me at a drive through clinic with a cheery smile as bright as the sun reflecting off the new fallen snow. When it comes to taking care of Kentucky's Veterans, the Louisville VAMC nurses do not let anythingÑ even the weatherÑstop them. "How are you doing in this 21 ! weather?" "It is not as bad as it could be. The sun is out, and it is not raining. We are here for our veterans, and we are proud to serve you guys. You served us, so we are serving you." Greetings from Region II Over the last few months, we all have seen changes and some positive movement in keeping our Order alive and well. I feel blessed to be part of this adventure. In Region ll, we have been working based on communication and or the lack of it. I have tried to get the word out as soon as I receive it. The need for clear communication is much needed and appreciated by us all. I have not called a commander's meeting since Nov. last year and will start in February. The problems with getting our Voting info in has hurt some of our Chapters and Depts. I don't mean this to sound demanding or uncaring, but from listening to others about the lack of info into the National headquarters over the last few years, and the lack of office personal to help us, it has been a clusterÉÉ. Thankfully, we have a small but dedicated office group who understands our Life Membership fund helps them. Replying to emails is a pleasant and helpful thing and is deeply appreciated by all, and the reply is not only courteous but extremely helpful. Terry D. Anderson REGION II Terry Anderson, Commander (507) 236-4653 " Angie Buckley RN, the Director of the patient observation line, was walking up and down a line of patients who just had their Covid shot making sure there were no side effects. Nurse Angie walked ten miles on her previous shift checking to make sure all her veterans were not having any side effects. As she walked, Angie made eye contact with everyone of her patients. "What do you think of the 21 ! weather?" "It is wonderful; we do whatever we can to help our veterans." Angie Buckley RN "Hard Core Nurses"


The Purple Heart January/February 2021 Page of 18 41 By the time this edition of the Newsletter is published, the Christmas Season is behind us, and I hope all of you were warm, safe, and happy during the holidays. In addition, my first two visits to the MOPH Headquarters were productive, and I want to thank the HQ Staff for their support when I work from home. I also thank National Commander Ernie Rivera, National Senior Vice Commander James McCormick, National Finance Officer Walter Kroptavich, National Legislative Director Chuck Byers, and Suicide Awareness Program Coordinator Martin Byrne for their visits to the HQ, ensuring that the business of the Order is being carried out in an effective manner. With the New Year's turn, Chapters and Departments must now focus on the tasks ahead to prepare for the 2021 National Convention in Charleston, West Virginia. First comes the election of new Chapter and Department Officers for the 2021-2022 year. Along with that is the requirement to elect the Chapter Delegates to the Department and National Elections (see Bylaws Article VIII). National Adjutant's Corner Charles "Chuck" Adkins ! ! ! ! In addition, there are several required Annual Reports, but the BIG FOUR (Election, Finance with Property Report attached, IRS 990N, and Life Member Verification Report) can make or break a Chapter/ Department. For example, should a Chapter/ Department fail to submit an Election Report, it immediately goes on Inactive Status and therefore is not authorized to operate, expend funds, unable to receive Life Member Rebates, and is subject to closure. Failure to submit a Life Member Verification Report (LMVR) will also result in not receiving the Rebates. The Finance with Property Report is to ensure we are properly accounting for our monetary and material resources. The IRS 990N is to ensure we are following federal tax laws and to maintain our tax-exempt status. As for the Welfare, Americanism, and VAVSO; these reports are the most often ignored, but they should not be. They provide information to our National Headquarters and, in turn, Congress relating to matters of Rehabilitation, Welfare, and Service related Legislative Activities. All Reports should be submitted in an accurate and timely manner. Be sure to follow the Bylaws, use the on-line Key Filing Dates, and check the Reports Tracker to assist you in submitting the BIG FOUR by the required suspense dates and to ensure that MOPH HQ gives credit for the submission. Speaking of the National Convention, I look forward to working with the Department of West Virginia to plan and execute an awesome event. The dates are 25-28 July 2021. COVID-19 Guidelines will be followed. Please plan to attend. Finally, I continue my pledge that the MOPH Headquarters Team will be responsive to your requests for information and work in an open environment while protecting the rights and privacy of all concerned. As always, please treat the Staff in the same respectful manner in which I expect them to treat you. ! Yours In Patriotism, Charles W. "Chuck" Adkins, Jr. MOPH Key Actions Dates page 4 1


The Purple Heart January/February 2021 Page of 19 41 Andy Miller was trained as an OH-58D Kiowa Warrior pilot and later as an instructor pilot in the Kiowa Warrior. Andy deployed with his Air Cavalry squadron to Iraq for a 12-month combat operations tour in 2008, and in 2012 he deployed to Afghanistan as part of an advisor and training team to train the Afghan Air Force. Andy's book is about his service in the US Army as a helicopter instructor pilot in Afghanistan. His mission ended on September 7, 2013 (18 days before he was scheduled to return home) when an IED destroyed his MD530 helicopter -critically wounding him and his Afghan co-pilot. His book chronicles his mission, what happened on a small pinnacle near Shindand Air Base, and the heroes involved in his rescue and road to recovery. It had been a year-long process since I'd been selected and assigned to the MD530 TAFT, but I was finally at Shindand Air Base in western Afghanistan. After spending my first days at Shindand touring the FOB (learning which units were there, where the checkpoints were, getting my M4 rifle & ammo, setting up my office space, finding out where the DFAC was, where to get a haircut, and other mundane details). I had my "nickel ride." CW3 Lee Lane and I flew around the local area to see the airfield, low-level training routes, and cultural features to familiarize me with the area. I now had my own callsign on the Team, Pamir 62. Pamir is the name of a mountain range in the region, and the number 62 was the designation of the standardization pilot position I was on the Team. Pamir 61 was the Team Chief, Lt. Col. Jeff Bouma. All the flight instructors, Army, and the contractors had Pamir callsigns in the 60's range. The Team was small, three US Army pilots, an Army Technical Warrant, and a handful of contractor instructor pilots (most of them were retired Army pilots). We were assigned to a USAF Group command, which oversaw and supported the helicopter and airplane training conducted for the Afghan Air Force. The assignment was challenging and rewarding as a flight instructor. I had been an instructor pilot for ten years in the Kiowa Warrior, but I had only taught American aviators to fly the Kiowa Warrior. They already knew how to fly; I was teaching them a new aircraft and its systems. At Shindand, I would be instructing brand new aviators. The Afghan students had never even been in a helicopter before. I speak no Pashto or Dari, so they received training in English, their 2nd or 3rd language. An essential part of flying an aircraft is the ability to maintain a ground track. Flying an invisible straight line from the point of origin to the desired destination is often a challenge to a new aviator. The Afghans were no different. Even though the Afghans being trained spoke pretty good English, sometimes the English language's technical part took more explaining. While flying in a traffic pattern, it is expected that a helicopter pilot will make a somewhat squaredoff rectangle pattern. The takeoff is along a runway heading (upwind). Then you have to make PAMIR 62 by Andy Miller A OH-58D Kiowa Warrior Shindand Air Base, Afghanistan


The Purple Heart January/February 2021 Page of 20 41 a turn (crosswind), shortly thereafter, make another turn to the same side (downwind) for the extended portion of the rectangle. Another turn is made at the appropriate spot (base) before one final turn to align with the runway for landing (final). I was having difficulty with one of my students in getting him to make the downwind to base turn as a determined, intentional squared-off turn. I attempted an analogy. "Sir, think of when you're driving a car when we're on downwind; it's like we're on a road. The place where we turn base is the intersection on that road. Now when you're driving, you don't just cut across the dirt; you go to the intersection and make your turn, correct? Flying a standard traffic pattern is the same idea." He thought about that for a moment, probably translating my slight southern drawl English into Dari, formulating a response, and translating back to English. He looked at me and said, "Teacher, I do not drive. My family is not rich. We do not have a car." He eventually got the traffic pattern procedure, but moments like that would continually challenge me as an instructor. On the morning of September 7, 2013, I was scheduled to fly with Lt. Islamkhil. He was a recent graduate of the program but would be staying to gain more experience and eventually become a flight instructor. When I arrived at the hangar, Lt. Islamkhil was wearing a new flight suit he had purchased while home on leave. He had gotten married while on leave. I complimented him on how sharp he looked in his new flight suit, and I joked with him about how proud his new wife must be to be married to a helicopter pilot.As we walked to the aircraft, I told Lt. Islamkhil that he'd be in the left seat today Ð the primary pilot seat. He seemed pleased with that. The airfield and the radios were busy enough that I thought they were distracting him, so we departed the airfield turned east toward the vicinity of the Hindu Kush mountain range. The area has a prominent ridgeline with some interesting rock formations and small pinnacles to land on. After about an hour of flying, our time was running short, and I wanted to demonstrate a pinnacle landing. "I have the controls," I said. I did a normal takeoff and began flying toward a small pinnacle. I was talking to Lt. Islamkhil about wind direction and landing zone selection criteria. As we got close, I pointed out where I would land the aircraft and even pointed out how we could see the skid impression in the gravely surface from previous landings I'd made there weeks ago. I smoothly landed the aircraft on the pinnacle; as soon as I had lowered the collective to the full down position with my left hand, an explosion rocked the aircraft with a singular loud boom/pop/thud. A bright orange flash of a fireball rolled through the cockpit, and it seemed to PAMIR 62 Andy & Lt. Islamkhil doing some pre-mission planning on Sept 7


The Purple Heart January/February 2021 Page of 21 41 be in slow motion. A ball of fire pass over the avionics console, moving from left to right before I closed my eyes briefly and tucked my chin as I turned my head slightly to protect myself from the fire. The initial explosion was followed quickly by a mechanical thudding, bouncing the aircraft and tugging on the cyclic. My right hand never left the cyclic flight control, and I quickly squeezed the press to talk switch under my trigger finger. "Mayday, Mayday, Mayday! Pamir 62 down Test Fire Area 5!" Immediately followed by, "Ge t out! Get out!" to the Lieutenant. From the initial "mayday" call, an effort of Herculean effort went into effect to put eyes on and secure the area with guns overhead. A ground QRF was racing from the FOB to my location. A medevac was initiated. Within an hour of my "mayday," the Lieutenant and I were at Shindand Air Base Role 2 for lifesaving surgeries. I was evacuated out to the US via Germany. I spent nearly 100 days as an in-patient for 12 surgeries and weeks of physical therapy. While I was in the hospital in the United States, I was told that the Lieutenant had died of his injuries after he was transferred to the Afghan military medical center. It was certainly not the way I wanted to end my deployment, but I was home. And I was very thankful for that, every day, and for all my Heroes that made that happen. I'm immensely proud of the Afghan aviators that progressed from being zero-hour aviators to experienced MD530 pilots during the course of the training program. Many of them are still flying an armed MD530 to support Afghan, US, and coalition forces. My deployment was the unique and rewarding experience I had hoped it would be. I got to work with some fantastic people and fly a great little aircraft. I'm proud of the foundation the Team, and I established for the Afghan Air Force. Being critically wounded and being evacuated out doesn't change my outlook on the deployment. If anything, it solidified my respect for the mission that service members accomplish every day in places like Afghanistan and Iraq. I've said many times since I was PAMIR 62 SSG Andrew Neil with Andy at Shindand Role 2 Medical Facility. SSG Neil medic in UH-60 medevac hoisted me off the pinnacle. Andy took picture of burning aircraft as USAF Mi-17's medevac heading his way


The Purple Heart January/February 2021 Page of 22 41 Chaplain Carlton L. Cannon ! ! ! ! I am honored to serve as National Chaplain Military Order Purple Heart. Thanks for your faith and trust in my ability to lead. I promise to earnestly lead with integrity and to be honest and faithful in the discharge of all my duties and responsibilities. I am reacquainting myself with the rules and laws of the Military Order Purple Heart, the Department and the Detachment. Together, we must be mindful of our Organization; conducting ourselves as to exemplify those purposes in everything we do in our official capacity. I will be especially vigilant to respect and honor our deceased combat wounded veterans and to assist and protect our fellow members and their families. I will always pursue opportunities to advance the interests and welfare of the Military Order Purple Heart Organization. And, when my tour of duty has been completed, may it with justice be said that I helped to win the respect of our Combat Wounded Veterans and the United States of America. You may contact me at your convenience; email : CANCARL03@COMCAST.NET , or phone : 302.448.0852. Let's git'er done! Learn More


The Purple Heart January/February 2021 Page of 23 41 around Khe Sanh, far outnumbering American and South Vietnamese forces. The NVA subjected us to day-and-night bombardment and eventually cut off the overland supply route to the Khe Sanh base. We remained under siege for more than two months. Hue was a cultural center in South Vietnam. The fighting in Hue was intense and lasted for four weeks. The Marines and South Vietnamese forces had to fight building to building, street by street to reclaim that city. Much of Hue was destroyed, and the losses on both sides were high. Quang Tri was in the north of Vietnam and an important government headquarters. It was also an important target for the NVA. Da Nang and Bien Hoa were home to major military air bases for the United States. They were both attacked at the start of the Tet Offensive 68, but attacks were turned back by the allied forces. Saigon was the capital of South Vietnam, and the surprise attacks against it during the first night included an attempt to overrun the U.S. Embassy and capture the national radio station. Once my tour was completed, there was no time to debrief. We were extracted from the bush by helicopter and jetted out of Vietnam, arriving back in CONUS in less than thirty hours. Upon arrival, I received no debriefing, no decompression time, no parades, and no friends ready to understand the experience I had gone through for the last twelve months. I had fantasized that all my problems would disappear the moment I boarded the "freedom bird" plane back to my world. But I was sadly mistaken! Upon my return to CONUS, I found myself alone in a country indifferent to the fact that I had spent my 19 th birthday scared to death, wounded, and having survived the "Seige at Khe Sanh-Tet Offensive 68." Historians say this battle changed the outcome of the Vietnam War. ! Semper Fidelis; Carlton L Cannon REMEMBER THE COMBAT VETERANS Tet Offensive 1968 By Carlton L Cannon ONLY SEVEN PERCENT of our nation of some 330 million people are military veterans ( That is an amazing statistic! Members of the military are a special class of American citizens. Military veterans were willing to put their lives on the line, and endure the unpredictable lifestyle of the military, for the benefit of the other NINETYTHREE PERCENT of the nation. Some of them were the fathers/mothers we never knew; the aunts/uncles we never met, the brothers/sisters/friends we could not enjoy time with and the heroes/heroines we can never repay. They willingly shouldered the load for our nation's security without any expectation of adulation or entitlement from those they served. The military veteran is a special breed of citizen who expects nothing but acknowledgement and respect in return. However, at times, some citizens seem ignorant of our sacrifice and apathetic to our contributions. I enlisted in the United States Marine Corps on April 6, 1967. After boot camp and infantry training, I was sent to Staging Battalion, Camp Pendleton, California, to be deployed to Vietnam via Okinawa, Japan. I arrived in Da Nang, South Vietnam on December 14 as the airstrip was receiving enemy artillery fire. Each of us literally jumped off the aircraft into someone's bunker. I later learned that flights coming from CONUS (Continental United States) were always under fire. I was transferred to Phu Bia and assigned to Echo Company, 2 nd Battalion, 26 th Marine Regiment. I was never briefed on war strategies or even about where I would be living the next year. As I sought out a purpose for being in country with all the confusion, my goal was to stay alive for 365 days. I was not there to win a war but to simply make it back home! There were six important battles of the "Tet Offensive 68": Khe Sanh, Hue, Quang Tri, Da Nang, Bien Hoa and Saigon. A Marine Corps combat base was located at Khe Sanh with outposts on Hills 861 and 861-A. I was wounded on Hill 861-A, and endured close combat when the North Vietnam Army (NVA) broke through our perimeter. The NVA had built up significant forces


The Purple Heart January/February 2021 Page of 24 41 ! Americanism !!!!!!! Joseph A. Tormala ! ! ! ! I join each of you in support of Americanism as an ideology or belief in devotion, loyalty, or allegiance to the United States of America and its Flag, traditions, customs, culture, symbols, institutions, democracy, and Republic form of government. Without courage, freedom cannot exist. We know Americanism is also a set of the United States patriotic values that have created a collective American identity. This identity is an articulation of the Nation's rightful place in the world as the liberators of those oppressed through our sacrifice, set of traditions, and culture since our Nation's founding. As American'sAmericans, we continually nurture Americanism within our souls through individual daily actions , thoughts, and beliefs that our responsibilities are that we are blessed to live in one Nation, under God, with liberty and justice for all. We have all suffered wounds in its defense. The purpose of the National Americanism Program is to work with schools, churches, civic organizations, and institutions through our Chapters and Departments to help promote Americanism nation-wide. It is coordinated and administered by the National Americanism Officer through literature, education, and reporting of activities and presentations conducted by members of the MOPH serving in Chapters and Departments across America. Our history of service and sacrifice to America requires each Patriot, Associate, and Auxiliary member of the Order to promote Americanism. Americanism can manifest itself in what we say and do weekly, monthly, and annually through the activities that promote the MOPH and Americanism in our communities. These activities are then reported nationally as a collective contribution to the work done by the Order. Military Order of the Purple Heart Members may request Americanism items for a small fee by using our Online Ordering . These items should be used to promote patriotism and to recruit new members into the Order. As we recruit Purple Heart recipients, it is equally vital that we recruit their family Associate and Auxiliary members as well. The Purple Heart family is the living legacy of American freedom. We have also provided some history and the lyrics to the most popular Patriotic songs in our Country's history at the MOPH website http:// . You can click on the song or American document listed and print them to share with your local newspapers ads (PSAs) Public Service Announcement reminders on Nationally observed days and share with your community organizations, churches, and schools. Patriotic Ways to Remember and Support America and its Veterans It is up to each member of the Military Order of the Purple Heart to make sure that the public remembers that we still have troops in harm's way fighting for freedom as well as those who have returned home wounded that need our ongoing support. Americanism ideas for Chapters and our members to conduct are listed below: • Educate the public about what it means to be a patriotic American through Letters to the Editor in your local newspapers and Public Service Announcements from your Chapter on National Days of Observance. WE ARE THE LAND OF THE FREE, BECAUSE OF THE BRAVE


The Purple Heart January/February 2021 Page of 25 41 • Visit a history classroom at schools or universities and teach them about the Pledge of Allegiance, military history, and the Order. Ask a Veteran to go with you and tell the students about your experience in serving America and why you are proud of that service. • Tell your friends, neighbors, children, and grandchildren about the Veterans in your family and their history of service and sacrifice in service to America. • Host National days of observance for Veterans, active-duty military, and their families at your Chapter on Memorial Day, Armed Forces Day, Independence Day, Purple Heart Day, POW/MIA Day, and Veterans Day. • Share the patriotic songs available from the National MOPH website and MOPH Supply with your local schools, churches, and other civic organizations. • Present a MOPH certificate of recognition to a local business, a private citizen, or youth group for flying the U.S. Flag daily. They will be honored for their display of patriotism. • Present a MOPH certificate in recognition to those displaying the POW/MIA flag. They will be honored to be recognized for their remembering freedom's cost. • Wear your MOPH cap, uniform, or patriotic clothing when attending public ceremonies and Veterans events, showing your patriotic spirit. And pride in your Country and the Military Order of the Purple Heart. • Please donate to the MOPH programs that directly support the wounded and disabled from our Nation's wars. • Bring MOPH Americanism items like the Pledge of Allegiance cards and other items to your Elementary, Middle, and High Schools. • Recognize your local JROTC and ROTC candidates with MOPH awards. • Request your elected community officials say the Pledge of Allegiance at public meetings and display the U.S. Flag. • Distribute U.S. Flags and POW/MIA flags to schools and churches. • Place U.S. flags on Veterans graves on Memorial Day. • Download and distribute copies of Patriotic songs, the Bill of Rights, and the U.S. Constitution to organizations in your community. • Host a Welcome Home event for a returning Service member. • Present a Purple Heart recipient a Purple Heart flag for their home. • Bring MOPH Americanism items to distribute at public parades. • Attend and participate in rendering honors at Veteran funerals and Memorial services. THANK YOU for all you do for Americanism, Veterans, their families, and the Military Order of the Purple Heart. ! Yours in Service & Patriotism, Joseph A. Tormala


The Purple Heart January/February 2021 Page of 26 41 I am grateful to be able to serve as your National Suicide Awareness Program Officer. I am grateful for the men, women and families that have taken on this position in the past. Thank you for laying a great foundation and many works still underway today. I want to ask and encourage all to take the Reach Pledge at We have aligned our Suicide Awareness mission and 9 responsibilities to match. Thank you to Ernie Rivera and James McCormick for putting in the work on weaving this together and setting up many new partnerships. The President's Roadmap to Empower Veterans and End a National Tragedy of Suicide (PREVENTS) will focus on a holistic public health approach to suicide prevention. PREVENTS seeks to change the culture surrounding mental health and suicide prevention through enhanced community integration, prioritized research activities, and implementation strategies that emphasize improved overall health and well-being. s This is something I still continue to struggle with and by God's Grace I am working to plow forward. I have learned a lot over the last 5 years. I learned that turning my back to God wasn't good. The fall was hard, the gifts from the struggles however were many. My self destructive and self pity reactions need to stop. I have to doubt the doubt, and do my best to listen to learn and learn to listen. In doing so I will be better at turning my initial reactions to constructive responses. I met some MOPH guys at a Veterans Event here in Wichita, KS this was one of those Kairos moments that I would have to say added a whole other flock. My Grandma would always say birds of a feather flock together. I needed a new flock and a supportive community. I was fortunate to meet many new people at screenings of a Documentary Film that was about our Brigade in Afghanistan. Citizen Soldier Film. I was fortunate to be flown to a place called Camp Hope PTSD in Houston Texas after reaching out for help to LTC Allen Hahn with the Apache Warrior Foundation. It was there and then I had accepted Jesus into my life on Easter 2017 which started a second trajectory of the hard righteous choice versus the easy wrong exit strategy I had been sliding towards. That same year I was Baptised by a soldier I had served with in Iraq and Afghanistan. However the struggles did not stop there. Just as I was starting to be able to slow down the noise in my head a bit to start hearing some positive thoughts instead of negative thoughts. ! ! ! ! Suicide Awareness Martin Bryne


The Purple Heart January/February 2021 Page of 27 41 My wife Alma stuck by my side as I started another PTSD/TBI treatment program with the Boot Campaign. This helped me out in a manner I am still having difficulty explaining today. I can say I was a Grunt ground to dusk from living a life grinding away with no purpose. They molded me back into something stronger and continue to do so still to this day. The marriage and family counseling along with the individual counseling really helped put my broken life back together. Like the ancient art of Kintsugi I was being healed by love. / We had been recommended several different training opportunities and I realized I needed to learn and train. Mighty Oaks Warrior Retreat another training course I feel fortunate to have attended. A Vietnam POW echoed the same words as many others and for some reason his testimony connected all the others. Read or Listen to the bible this will help heal you. Those words had been said to me by many. Warrior Pathh at Boulder Crest Retreat in Virginia and Arizona was another training opportunity that has helped me put the pieces of the puzzle back together. This training is for Combat Veterans from Vietnam to current and is all about unpacking your Ruck Sack of life. / Camp Southern Ground for post 9/11 Veterans they have two training opportunities one is called Warrior Week and focuses on helping with Strengths and Purpose along with identifying alternate ways to build weaknesses. They also conduct a Warrior Pathh that is about unpacking the ruck sack of life and an 18 month curriculum. The Military Order of the Purple Heart the way the meetings here locally reminded me of my last platoon. In just over 16 years of service I was only in one Platoon that had prayed together and that memory helped pull me out of the darkness along with the prayers of others and the mentoring from other Purple Heart recipients. I have learned so much from the testimony of other warriors from all the Wars. Our commander Dean Delgado Vietnam at the local 558 here in Wichita opens doors everyday at an AA meeting hall a true inspiration. I thank God for his connectedness. https:// "I think my wife Alma coined it the best," he adds. "She says it takes a village to raise a child, but it takes a bigger village to bring a combat veteran home, to really bring them home, because it is a long road and not an easy one." ! Martin Byrne Suicide Awareness


The Purple Heart January/February 2021 Page of 28 41 Purple Heart Monuments and Memorial Bricks by Larry Leighton Purple Heart Monuments are in most, if not every, state and some foreign countries. They can range from a simple plaque, the naming of a park, to the large monuments like the one we have here in the Wesley Bolin Plaza Park at the Arizona State Capital Complex. It was dedicated on June 12, 1999. It does not matter if the actual words engraved on our monument are on every monument or not. We all know they are " Dedicated to those who shed their blood in defense of our country ." Like other Departments/Chapters, we have arranged 4" x 8" Memorial Bricks around our monument to remember and honor friends, family, and of course, ourselves. We have bricks honoring Veterans from World War I, Korea, World War II, Vietnam, Desert Storm, Afghanistan, OIE/OEF, and other conflicts our country has fought. One of our members, Nick Gervase, has three family bricks, one from WWI, one from Korea, and one from Vietnam. There are several father-son combinations (different wars). On December 12, 2020, the Department of Arizona members laid several Memorial Bricks at the monument. Larry Leighton put his brick down on the 50th anniversary of being wounded while serving with the 173 Airborne Brigade in Vietnam. "Most of the time, it seems like a very long time ago, but every now and then, it seems like yesterday." Charles "Chuck" Byers said, " It was an honor to lay my father's brick last Saturday at our Purple Heart Memorial. He served with the 101st Airborne Division and made a night jump into France the day after D-Day. He suffered a loss of limb fighting in the Battle of the Bulge. Thank you, Dad, for your service. 2Lt. Charles G. Byers, US Army, WWII." Henry "Woody" Glaudel placed his brick next to his Dad's brick. Woody's father was shot in the right thigh on March 15, 1945, near France/Germany's border. Woody was shot through the chest on February 25, 1967, near Tri Bi, Vietnam. Anyone may order a memorial brick to be placed at the monument by downloading and submitting an order form from our website . ! . L-R: Stephan Bobby, Rodger Ely, Ronald Capek, Larry Leighton, and Charles Byers NEWS & GATHERINGS


The Purple Heart January/February 2021 Page of 29 41 Ernie Rivera Commander (321) 276-7609 James L. McCormick Sr Vice Cmdr (304) 206-6065 Christopher Vedvick Jr Vice Cmdr (904) 372-3720 Robert Lorbeer Judge Advocate (916) 207-0855 Walter Kroptavich Finance Officer (501) 529-5961 Brent Kusama Inspector (202) 876-4342 Ken Swords Sgt-at-Arms (404) 374-8971 Kristen 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 Earl Williaams SVC Director (703) 642-5360 x 117 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 Daniel Eddinger PH Legacy & Trail (828) 70715131 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 Apply for Membership (Click " )


The Purple Heart January/February 2021 Page of 30 41 Volume LXXXI Digital No 2 !!!!!!January/February 2021 A manda Flener Auxiliary President


The Purple Heart January/February 2021 Page of 31 41 I mprovise , Adapt , & Overcome is a phrase familiar to many of our military veterans. I feel like that has been our motto over this last year. Our leadership and Auxiliary had to modify and adjust to the circumstances that we never would have dreamed possible. Here we are, reaching you in a digital Purple Heart Magazine. In August under the leadership of National President Cheryl Perez, MOPHA held a virtual National Convention over the course of several days with 80 members registered. This year we continue to host National monthly Zoom meetings and set up online meetings for Units and Departments. In spite of a pandemic filled year, our members are still serving our Patriots and veterans in their Communities through unique and creative ways. This year, MOPHA Units and Departments have been able to utilize the Helping Our Veterans (HOV) Grant. These grants provide up to $250 for Units or Departments to use for a project that supports veterans. Our members have put together bags and boxes of critical and hard to find supplies for rural veterans, VA Medical Centers, and other facilities. Members have filled backpacks and bags with socks, blankets, hygiene supplies, and food for other homeless and shut-in veterans. Pictures of MOPHA member's HOV activities follow on page 37. Units "adopted" veterans for Christmas, providing gifts and meals. From the beginning of the pandemic, various Departments and Units stepped up to make masks for their Patriots and veterans in their communities. Others donated gift cards through case managers to help meet needs of struggling veterans. I could not be more proud of the way our members have stepped up to meet the needs of countless veterans across our nation. In the last couple years, the Military Order of the Purple Heart Auxiliary (MOPHA) stepped up our correspondence via Online General Orders Newsletters sent to member emails via Constant Contact. While we have over 1,400 emails and about a 40% open rate, many emails may get filtered as SPAM or never Improvise, Adapt, & Overcome Looking Back and Moving Forward Amanda Flener National President 229-325-8106


The Purple Heart January/February 2021 Page of 32 41 opened. We want to be able to stay in touch, so please make sure we have your correct contact information. We have stepped up our Facebook presence and we invite you to give us a "Like," invite your friends, or share our page at . Y ou can also find our website at and if you want to explore a little bit you can even find an MOPHA Instagram page and YouTube account. For the third year, we are continuing monthly Zoom calls on the third Thursday at 8 PM Eastern time. These calls typically take place each month with the exception of December and the month of the National Convention. These Zoom calls are open to all members and links are sent out in our monthly emails. Members without access to join over the Internet can dial in via phone. If you need login credentials, please let me know or reach out to your Department or Region President. I encourage all members to join us on these monthly calls. They are filled with information, updates, opportunities for learning, and fellowship. In October, we had a record of 50 members participate! With so many meetings online these days instead of in-person, travel looks much different too. Instead of meeting in person, when requested, I am able to meet with members for their meetings online. Like many members, I miss that in-person connection of fellowship with each other. Much of the year, my family and I looked forward to spending Pearl Harbor Day in Hawaii, yet we had to cancel those travel plans too. The Pearl Harbor festivities were cancelled and so was our flight. Nonetheless, we paused to honor and remember that horrific and historic day. While it is impossible to predict how things will change and develop in 2021, I feel sure our leadership and members will rise to the challenge and tackle whatever obstacles are presented and come up with new and creative ways to improvise, adapt, and overcome. Please know that we are here for you. Don't ever hesitate to reach out if you need anything or have questions. Your National Leadership Team, (myself along with Senior Vice President Colleen Orfanello and Junior Vice President Kay Jo Baucom) are here to serve you. Your Region Leadership and other National Officers are also available for support and we look forward to working with you this year. Amanda Flener


The Purple Heart January/February 2021 Page of 33 41 In 1859, Charles Dickens unknowingly wrote one of the most significant sentences that paraphrased the year 2020: "It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of light, it was the season of darkness, it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair." ! "A Tale of Two Cities"Ñ Last year was stressful, to say the least. It was sorrowful, scary, confusing, and oftenÑjust plain lonely. However, 2020 wasn't always so dreadful. Weddings occurred, babies were born, the age-old talents of sewing and baking bread were revised, and the simplistic truth that "home is truly where the heart is" was realized. Last year was also a year filled with potential, ingenuity, and hope. The MOPHA used their resources and talents and recreated standard practices. We learned and evolved. PNP Cheryl Perez and then Sr. Vice Amanda Flener hosted an extremely successful virtual convention that was surprisingly similar in format to our traditional conventions. We also hosted a virtual fundraiser that was very well received. Although virtual interaction will never replace physical human interaction, it was something that kept us going throughout 2020. With all hope, this new year may allow us to once again be able to visit our members and make house-calls, instead of phone-calls. I for one am praying that Unit and Department meetings will be held in person, without restrictions and guarded-safety. I pray that both the MOPH and MOPHA will be able to meet this Summer and learn from each other's past experiences and enjoy the comradery and fellowship our exclusive group deserves. Eventually, our world (both in our own families as well as in our Purple Heart families) will become more normal, more adapted. The last year has proven to us that the future is unpredictable. It is up to us on a National, Department, and Unit level to challenge ourselves and adapt. I can't promise that this new year will bring better circumstances or better health. I can't promise that we won't face adversity; but I can promise you that our Auxiliary is ready for any task that is required of us. We are excited about the possibilities that 2021 will bring. We are confident that we are ready to serve our Patriots and their families, no matter what trials and tribulations we face. It's a new year; the start of what could possibly be the best year. May 2021 bring you peace, positivity, and prosperity. Much love to all of you, Colleen Orfanello National Sr. Vice President Proud daughter of Edward Oltmann Vietnam Colleen Orfanello National Sr. Vice President Proud daughter of Edward Oltmann Vietnam


The Purple Heart January/February 2021 Page of 34 41 Hello 2021 and my wonderful MOPHA Family ! As we wave goodbye to 2020, we can take pride in the fact that we met the challenges and there were many and are wiser and stronger because we did. We can also look excitedly into 2021 and consider all the amazing possibilities. Together, there is nothing that we cannot do. Typically, I make resolutions for the new year and sadly do not follow through with many of them. In looking at the journey ahead of us this year, I have decided to formulate a list of character traits that I hope to emulate. To do this, I have reflected on some of the people that I most admire and made what I consider to be my "I want to be likeÉ" list. Here goes! I want to be like: • Rosie the Riveter ~ unusual you may say, but she represents strength, character and fortitude, all the while maintaining her softer side. • Rosa Parks ~ a woman who never backed down when she felt she was in the right. • Martin Luther King ~ a man who actively advocated that unless you use your voice, your causes will not be heard. • Mother Teresa ~ an unassuming soul that cared for others and their wellbeing and pursued actions to help. • Ruth Ginsberg ~ size and gender were not stumbling blocks because she kept the faith, fully believing that women were pillars of knowledge and should have equal opportunities. • Florence Nightingale ~ a giver of hope and healing to those multitudes of wounded. • Our men and women veterans ~ bonding together in a community of unwavering patriotism and camaraderie. • Peter Reynolds ~ a children's author who stresses that each one is important and that you should be proud of who you are, be yourself. • Past and Present leaders within our MOPHA organization, who were able to remain vigilant and stay the course, sometimes while facing much hardship. • Individual members ~ the true strength of our MOPHA family, ready to serve others first, supporting, comforting, and faithful to our mission. As I write this list, I keep adding more names or groups that I so hope to be like in this coming year. My list is not prioritized or in any particular order; it is simply a listing of people that have caused me to think about my own possibilities and how I have the power to be more like them. Perhaps, you too, will think about those who have influenced you and maybe, together, we can be the change needed to make 2021 the best year ever! May our organization continue to flourish. Get ready 2021! My prayer is that God will continue to bless each of you, your families and our troops that are serving today. Serving with heart and hands, Kay Jo Baucom Kay Jo Baucom National Jr. Vice President 704-289-1986


The Purple Heart January/February 2021 Page of 35 41 Greetings from Region IV to members and friends of the Military Order of the Purple Heart Auxiliary! Thank you for the opportunity to serve as Region IV President for 2020-2021. The holiday season is here. My prayer is for everyone to have blessed and happy holidays with a prosperous year ahead. 2020 has been an unusual year with the Covid-19 pandemic, which has affected so many across our country and the world. Then, there were the massive fires on the west coast and the devastating hurricanes in the gulf and up the east coast; still, the MOPHA continued serving our Veterans and their families during this unprecedented time. Thanks to the National leadership Team for keeping members informed through virtual communications of Zoom, Constant Contacts, emails, phone calls, etc. I met a great group of ladies from Region IV during the Zoom brainstorming sessions for Departments and Units held at the end of September, in which we shared ways to add members and maintain the current members. We found that Communication is an essential tool. Listed below are other useful tools, derived from the word "MEMBERSHIP," for the leadership and members of Departments and Units: M Mission (Communicate the missions of MOPH & MOPHA to members.) E Encourage (Encourage your members.) M Motivate (Motivate your members.) B Believe (Belief in your members.) E Engage your members in different community events and fun activities.) R Respect (Respect your members.) S Support (Show support for your members.) H Help (Help your members.) I Involve (Involve your members in decision making.) P Participate (Membership grows with participation.) Please check out Appendix K of the MOPHA Procedures Manual, which covers the "ABC's for MOPHA Members." Let us continue to "work together" to move the Military Order of the Purple Heart Auxiliary forward, and thanks to each member for being a part of the MOPHA team. In Patriotism & Service, Diane Grant-Jenkins Diane Grant Jenkins Region IV President 706-414-2993.


The Purple Heart January/February 2021 Page of 36 41 Karen Larabel Region II President c616-717-1056 h616-531-2813 Accepted Confirmation filings submitted by October 1 to qualify for your Rebate. Thank You. It was a great time to communicate with many of you. My communication lines are always open, whether it is to share what you have been able to do, an exciting project to share that I can pass on, how to process a report, or just talk. Staying in contact with our Sisterhood and Brotherhood during COVID19 is a great gift we can give each other. My heart wishes to THANK YOU for your prayers, support, and words of encouragement since my bicycle accident in June. I sustained five severe fractures to my tibia and fibula and had a rod and screws inserted into my tibia. I am making progress. God bless you all as you continue to serve our beloved veterans and those who come alongside them daily. Karen Larabe Thank you for the honor to serve the MOPHA Region 2 again as your President. Wow! What an exciting year we have had. Some of our steps have had to be halted, but new steps and paths have been created. Such as our MOPHA National Convention being conducted through ZOOM and with great success. One step was in communicating with the VA Homeless Vet Center in Grand Rapids, Michigan, if they had any needs. One of the veterans was delivering groceries to their fellow homeless veterans and paying for his own gas. It was suggested that maybe a gas card could be one way to help. There is always some way to help; we just have to think outside of the box since we can't be present with a veteran to help. We just have to ask, "How can we help?" We can check-in with our brothers and sisters of the MOPH and MOPHA. To see if there are any needs, and how are they doing? Congratulations, Region 2, for getting in your Life Membership Verification, Finance Report, 990-N Homeless veterans holding gas cards


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The Purple Heart January/February 2021 Page of 38 41 Angelina Virola 3 Candace Marshall 535 Irene Manista 717 Melanie Schaler 159 Diane Gordon 535 Roseanna Bravo 750 Joan M. Gehl 162 Hannelore Milla-Bayly 535 Corrine Timko 776 Alice L Wroolie 194 Katie Billie 535 Donna Anita Haskins 776 Ruby Friday 194 Lois A. Crites 535 Louise F. Brown 776 Margaret Pavlik 268 Theresa Cervellera 535 Sallie Polkinghorn 776 Virginia Alverman 268 Betty Benton 550 Annie Singleton 2202 Jutta Thronburgh 402 Lois Mae Klavetter 550 Iris L Martin DML CA Deidre Davis Butler 460 Loucille Riessland 632 Caroline R. Cowart DML CA Linda R. Buckner 460 Doris Marcoux 634 TAPS A Journey To A New Year Jo Ann Croney National Chaplain Here we are at the start of another New Year. January 2021. A time of renewal, a new birth, new growth, and a time of forgiveness. At New Year, we are all looking for more inspiration for the year ahead. Continue to pray for one another, praying for the ones who have served, and for the ones who are serving. Remember, you are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream. First day of the New Year . It's time to shine for a new day. Forget your past, Your sorrow, your pain. New ideas are waiting ahead. It's time to recall all your memories, Beautiful dreams that remain uncovered, Painful parts of life when your heart gets crushed. But don't be afraid. The future is in your hand. Hold it in your hand. Start your race, A new journey, That leads you to success. You will rise again. Happy New Year! Therefore, said he unto them, The harvest truly is great, but the labourers are few: pray ye therefore the Lord on the harvest, that he would send forth labourers into his harvest. Luke 10:2


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