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The Military Order of the Purple Heart
SOME GAVE ALL, ALL GAVE SOME

For Immediate Release

Washington, D.C. Korean War Memorial - November 13, 2013

Captain Zachary Fike of Purple Hearts Reunited
and the Military Order of the Purple Heart

WASHINGTON (WUSA9) -- Tuesday, a Purple Heart medal lost for years was given to the family of the recipient.

1st Lt. Henry A. Schenk was born in Vienna, Austria and migrated to the United States at the age of six. He fought in World War II before he was killed in action in August 1952 during the Korean War.

Schenk was on a mission to rescue missing American soldiers following Operation San Quinton. His patrol was ambushed, and Schenk attempted to save each of his men, but only two men survived. Schenk's body was never recovered, we are told. He was 30 years old.

The Purple Heart medal was originally presented to Schenk's brother, who also served in World War II and the Korean War. His brother died in 2001, and somehow the medal was misplaced. Someone later found it in a box of books in North Carolina.

Tuesday, one of the ambush survivors, James McEachin, returned the Purple Heart medal to the family of Schenk at the Korean War Memorial in D.C. McEachin is also a Purple Heart recipient as well as an actor and author.

We're told McEachin had looked for Schenk's family for more than 60 years to tell them about how Schenk saved his life. The person who found the Purple Heart in the box used Facebook to contact McEachin after reading about his search for Schenk's family. Captain Zachary Fike of Purple Hearts Reunited and the Military Order of the Purple Heart helped locate and notify remaining family members.

National Junior Vice Commander Robert Puskar spoke to the nearly100 family members, dignitaries and interested participants about the significance of the return of this Purple Heart to the Schenk family.  Commander Puskar recounted the creation of the Badge of Military Merit by General George Washington on August 7, 1782 and later led to the creation of the Purple Heart in 1932.
 
The Schenk family and Captain Fike have requested that the presentation award be placed on permanent display at the National Headquarters of the Military Order of the Purple Heart.


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 combat wounded veterans and active duty men and women 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, through veteran service, 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.  Programs of the MOPH include VA Volunteer Service, First Responder Recognition, JROTC Leadership Award, Scholarships, Americanism, Purple Heart Trail and Cities, Welfare, and numerous community service programs, all with the objective of service to Veterans and their families.

For information contact:
National Public Relations Director, Jim Klug, 541-778-3480
Email: PublicRelations@Purpleheart.org
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