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The Military Order of the Purple Heart

For Immediate Release

Honolulu, Hawaii  December 7, 2011


Military Order of the Purple Heart Honors Pearl Harbor Survivors on the 70th Anniversary of Pearl Harbor Day

On the 70th Anniversary of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, the Military Order of the Purple Heart pays tribute to those brave soldiers, sailors, airmen, marines and native Hawaiians who gave their lives in the service of their country. 

On December 7, 1941, the date that President Franklin D. Roosevelt foretold as “a day that will live in infamy,” Japanese planes succeeded in attacking the Military bases in Oahu, Hawaii, damaging or sinking all eight U.S. Navy Battleships, three cruisers, and three destroyers plus one hundred eighty-eight aircraft and other support ships and facilities.  More importantly, on that date 2,402 American servicemen and women were killed and another 1,282 were wounded in the defense of their nation.   What the Japanese had not realized was that this brazen attack would be the catalyst to bring the United States into World War II, not only in the Pacific but in Europe as well.

On this day, MOPH National Commander Bill Hutton and LAMOPH National President Barbara Cherone join other Veteran Service Organizations and military and political leaders in Oahu to honor not only those who gave their lives, but also those who survived and fought on to protect their country and defeat the Japanese Empire.

The organization now known as the "Military Order of the Purple Heart of the U.S.A. Inc.," (MOPH) was formed in 1932 for the protection and mutual interest of all who have received the decoration. Chartered by the Congress, The MOPH is unique among Veteran Service Organizations in that all its members were wounded in combat. For this sacrifice, they were awarded the Purple Heart Medal. With grants from the MOPH Service Foundation, the MOPH and its Ladies Auxiliary promote Patriotism, Fraternalism, and the Preservation of America's military history. Most importantly, they provide comfort and assistance to all Veterans and their families, especially those requiring claims assistance with the VA, those who are homeless, and those requiring employment assistance.  MOPH volunteers through the VAVS program, provide assistance to hospitalized veterans at VA sites and State Veterans Homes.

For information contact:
National Public Relations Director, John Bircher, 352-753-5535
Email: PublicRelations@Purpleheart.org
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