Celebrate Purple Heart Recipients
Chapter 758 MOPH
July 31, 2014
The Military Order of the Purple Heart (MOPH) was formed in 1932 for the protection and mutual interest of all who have received the decoration. A Purple Heart is awarded in the name of the President of the United States to any member of the Armed Forces of the United States who, while serving under competent authority in any capacity with one of the U.S. Armed Services after April 5, 1917, has been wounded or killed. The MOPH is the only veterans' service organization comprised strictly of combat veterans, and the Tallahassee Chapter, Chapter 758, was officially chartered by the National Commander on June 25, 2004.
There are more than 400 Purple Heart recipients in the Tallahassee area. To honor these recipients, StarMetro featured 12 local Purple Heart recipients, who were nominated by their peers, on a specially-designed bus:
- Colonel Washington J. Sanchez, Jr.: US Army 1961-1991. Awarded Purple Heart during his service in the Vietnam War.
- Lieutenant Colonel Dennis Foggy: US Army 1966-1992. Awarded Purple Heart with one Oak Leaf Cluster for his injuries sustained in the Vietnam War.
- Hospital Corpsman First Class Michael Wayne Ford: US Navy Active Duty 1965-1970; US Naval Reserve 1970-1987. Awarded Purple Heart with two Oak Leaf Clusters for mortar and landmine injuries during his 22 years of service.
- Corporal Adam Twomey: US Marine Corps 2007-2011. Awarded Purple Heart for his injuries sustained in Afghanistan.
- Master Sergeant David B. Greene: US Army 1950-1966. Awarded Purple Heart for wounds during his 26 years of service.
- Hospitalman 2nd Class Jack Madden: US Navy 1951-1955. Awarded Purple Heart for injury inflicted from a mine explosion in South Korea.
- Lieutenant Colonel Jim Holland: US Army 1965-1989. Awarded Purple Heart and one Oak Leaf Cluster for mortar and grenade fragment injuries during the Vietnam War.
- Staff Sergeant William Curtis Smith: US Army 1943-1945. Awarded Purple Heart with Clusters for loss of hearing in his left ear, a broken left arm and severe head concussion inflicted from a rocket attack in Italy.
- Major John L. Haynes: US Marines 1945-1975. Awarded Purple Heart during his 30 years of service.
- Private Jose Alicea-Ortiz: US Army 1951-1954. Awarded Purple Heart for his wounds sustained in Korea, including shell fragments in both legs.
- Radioman 3rd Class H. Bruce McIver: US Navy 1967-1973. Awarded three Purple Hearts for injuries sustained during his time in Vietnam.
- Corporal Jason Shawn Hewitt: US Marine Corps 1992-1994; National Guard 2005-Present. Awarded Purple Heart for injuries sustained in Afghanistan when his vehicle was hit by an Improvised Explosive Device.