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The Military Order of the Purple Heart


MOPH HQ - Springfield, VA - January 14, 2010

LAMOPH joins Department of Michigan Patriots and Ladies in mourning the passing of Past National President Imogene (Jean) Thiede

"Jean was our most loyal and dedicated member. In her own way she gained the respect of everyone she met and never did she demand attention. She was a True Lady by every standard. She will long be missed and be forever in our hearts," said LAMOPH Department of Michigan Jan Knapp. "When we lost her husband "Hully Gully" Harvey :) she never veered from keeping his memory alive and continuing with the work they had previously shared and, in that, she was a true Patriot. She was also extremely proud of her brother and Past National Commander Ernest (Gene) Brown. She so looked forward to the National Conventions and to seeing everyone." 
Department of Michigan Commander William Shattuck remembered her hugs and that she had attended 60 conventions.  "She was a lovely lady," said Commander Shattuck, "she attended every convention and was kind to everyone - never had an unkind word.  I'll miss her hugs."
Her Patriot, Harvey E. Thiede was National Commander, Military Order of the Purple Heart 1971-1972, a life member of MOPH and a long time member also of American Ex-Prisoners of War.  As reported in The Legacy of the Purple Heart, "Harvey attended Henry Ford Trade School, Ford Apprentice School, Ford Community College in manufacturing engineering, Wayne State University in manufacturing engineering and was employed by the Ford Motor Car Co as tool engineer until retirement in August 1979 after 41 years. "

His Junior College education was disrupted by entering the military November 1942. Harvey started his basic training in Ft. Knox, KY, and was later transferred to Camp Polk, Assigned to the 7th Armored Div. B Co. 48th Armored Battalion.  Harvey returned to Ft. Benning, GA, to Miles Standish, to Camp Shanks, NY, to Scotland on HMS Queen Mary, then to Tidworth Barracks, England.
As reported by the American Ex-Prisoners of War website, "Harvey missed D-Day, and sat in the English Channel to get ready for hedgerows in France. His unit spearheaded the drive to Berlin. His crew was detoured to Holland October 44 – Nov. 44 and on Dec. 16th Harvey’s crew moved south toward Belgium. On 17th December they came into St. Vith, Ardennes, and participated in the Battle of Bulge. Harvey had to walk through 2 feet of snow, at 20o below, in no winter clothes. This lasted until 24 December when they either ran over a mine or were hit by a mortar. Five of the GIs were made guests of the Nazis. They marched all night until they reached Malmedy, this is when the massacre occurred. The Gunner and driver were shot down and left to die. The next morning Harvey and the others were loaded onto cattle cars and hauled away into Germany to Stalag 9B Bad Orb."  He was 21 years old when he became a Prisoner of War.  He remained a POW for 105 days until he was liberated on April 4th, 1945 by a armored division. They were then taken to Rheims, France hospital for three months then to Lucky Strike and on to a Liberty Ship homebound for NY. Back into hospital in Hot Springs, Arkansas for 3-1/2 months for repair from wounds to the face and head.
PNC Thiede was later discharged on October 31, 1945 as a SGT and was the recipient of the Silver Star, the Bronze Star, 3 Purple Hearts. POW Medal, ETO (4) Stars, Good conduct, German Occupation Medal, WWII Victory Medal, American Defense Medal, Presidential Unit Citation, Combat Infantry Badge, Belgium Medal, Medal of Verdun, Belgium Fourragere, Normandy Medal, French Liberation Medal.  He married Imogene Brown in 1947 and had 5 children, Harvey  Earl, Sharon Jean, Keith Wayne, Michael Earnest and Daryl Edward.
Jean served Veterans through her work in VAVS through the American Ex-Prisoners of Wars as well as extensive work in LAMOPH, serving as Past Department President for the Department of Michigan and Past Unit President Dearborn #76.  She served as National President, Ladies Auxiliary Military Order of the Purple Heart in 1970, and remained active in numerous roles at local, department and national levels until her death.  Jean personified the elegance and integrity and dedication of the LAMOPH and will be greatly missed by all.
As reported by Howe-Peterson Funeral Home, THIEDE, Imogene January 11, 2011, age 81Loving wife of the late Harvey. Beloved mother of Harvey Earl, Sharon (Patrick) Yonish, Keith (Phyllis), Michael (Tonya) and Daryl. Dearest grandmother of David, Brian (Michelle), Jason (Shannon), Timothy (Holly), Eric, Justin, Tony (Linda), Dustin (Amie) and Edward (Rebecca). Great grandmother of Luke, Claire, Sara, Samuel, Joshua, Brianna, Morrison, Luis, Carlo, Angelina and Eddie Jr. Sister of Jerry. Sister-in-law of Sue Brown. Funeral Service Friday 11:00 am at the Dearborn Chapel of the Howe-Peterson Funeral Home, 22546 Michigan Ave. Visitation Thursday 11-9 pm. Interment Ft. Custer National Cemetery.
Guestbook is available at http://www.howepeterson.com

FA. J. Herran
National Chaplain
Military Order of the Purple Heart, Ladies Aux.
PO Box 414 Longmont, CO

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