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The Military Order of the Purple Heart

For Immediate Release

Washington DC - November 15, 2013

Navy Seal Lt. Michael P. Murphy Valor Award Presentation on The Pentagon Channel Nov 16th and 17th

This weekend the airing of the American Veterans Center Navy SEAL Lt. Michael P. Murphy Award for Valor in Afghanistan presented to Staff Sergeant Clinton Romesha United States Army, Medal of Honor will take place on the Pentagon Channel. The Pentagon Channel streams live on the internet to our military around the world.

For fifteen years, the American Veterans Center Honors has closed the AVC’s Annual Conference, calling attention to America’s greatest heroes from the last 75 years of our military’s history. This event honors American heroes from World War II, Korea, Vietnam, Iraq, and Afghanistan. Honorees are saluted for their valor, sacrifice and service – both on the battlefield and in the years since they have served. In 2012, the Honors was filmed for broadcast on The Pentagon Channel as the first and only televised awards show honoring those who deserve it most: our veterans and active duty military heroes.

PENTAGON CHANNEL:   http://www.pentagonchannel.mil/LiveStream.aspx on Nov 16th at - 2AM, 8AM and 9PM (all eastern times).

ARMED FORCES NETWORK:   http://www.pentagonchannel.mil/LiveStream.aspx on Nov 17th at - 7AM, 2PM and 6PM (all eastern times).

Clinton Romesha - Recipient of the nation’s highest military award for valor at the 2009 Battle of Kamdesh in Afghanistan, awarded earlier this year, served as a U.S. Army staff sergeant in Afghanistan and organized 50 soldiers at a remote outpost during an October 2009 battle in which the Americans held off more than 300 Taliban fighters.  While orchestrating a successful plan to secure and reinforce key points of the battlefield, Staff Sergeant Romesha maintained radio communication with the tactical operations center. As the enemy forces attacked with even greater ferocity, unleashing a barrage of rocket-propelled grenades and recoilless rifle rounds, Staff Sergeant Romesha identified the point of attack and directed air support to destroy over 30 enemy fighters. After receiving reports that seriously injured Soldiers were at a distant battle position, Staff Sergeant Romesha and his team provided covering fire to allow the injured Soldiers to safely reach the aid station. Upon receipt of orders to proceed to the next objective, his team pushed forward 100 meters under overwhelming enemy fire to recover and prevent the enemy fighters from taking the bodies of their fallen comrades. Staff Sergeant Romesha’s heroic actions throughout the day-long battle were critical in suppressing an enemy that had far greater numbers. His extraordinary efforts gave Bravo Troop the opportunity to regroup, reorganize and prepare for the counterattack that allowed the Troop to account for its personnel and secure Combat Outpost Keating. Staff Sergeant Romesha’s discipline and extraordinary heroism above and beyond the call of duty reflect great credit upon himself, Bravo Troop, 3d Squadron, 61st Cavalry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 4th Infantry Division and the United States Army.

SSG Romesha’s actions are in concert with those of MOH Navy SEAL Lt. Michael P. Murphy in whose memory the Murphy Award for Valor in Afghanistan is presented for the past four years.  MOH Romesha joins previous Murphy Valor Award recipients MOH Sal Giunta (2012), MOH Leroy Petry (2011) and initial awardee US Army Special Forces SSGT Dillon Behr.

Navy SEAL Lt. Michael Murphy received the Medal of Honor posthumously for his actions on June 28th 2005 during Operation Redwing.  The story of this battle was told by the only surviving member of the SEAL team, Marcus Luttrell in the book, Lone Survivor.  Prior to presenting the award, Dan Murphy (father of MOH Lt. Murphy, himself a Purple Heart recipient) introduced a film clip from director Peter Berg, who has turned the book into a movie to be released by the same name December 2013/January 2014.  Director Berg could not attend the function to co-present the Murphy Valor Award with Dan Murphy and United States Army Vice Chief of Staff General John Campbell to Romesha.

In receiving the award, MOH Romesha stated, “It truly is an honor to stand up here tonight.  My emotions are kind of running wild right now - I'm in a room with so many great heroes that surround me.  As I look back on that day, it wasn't one guy being John Rambo - I had a team - a team that supported me along the way - and eight of them did not make it back. And I'm here standing in front of you on their behalf.   I am so honored for your son's full measure of devotion to make sure his men got back.  It's on behalf of those service men and women who do this still today in Iraq or Afghanistan or wherever the next conflict takes us.  It is always for them, not for self.  Thank you very much.”

The Military Order of the Purple Heart, the Ladies Auxiliary and the Military Order of the Purple Heart Service Foundation congratulate SSG Clinton Romesha on receiving the 2013 Murphy Valor Award.

(PHOTO CAPTION: Mrs. Tammy Romesha and Medal of Honor Recipient SSG Clinton Romesha met with Military Order of the Purple Heart Past National Judge Advocate Dan Murphy, Mrs. Karen Murphy and daughter Kristen prior to the American Veterans Center Honors Gala.  MOH Romesha is the 2013 American Veterans Center Honors Navy SEAL Lt. Michael P. Murphy Valor Award recipient.  Patriot Murphy is the Gold Star Father of MOH Navy Seal Lt. Michael P. Murphy in whose memory the Valor Award is presented yearly. The presentation will air on the Pentagon Channel on November 16 and 17.)

About the Medal of Honor
The Medal of Honor is the highest award for valor in action against an enemy force which can be bestowed upon an individual serving in the Armed Services of the United States. Generally presented to its recipient by the President of the United States of America in the name of Congress.

About the Purple Heart
The Purple Heart is awarded to members of the armed forces of the U.S. who are wounded by an instrument of war in the hands of the enemy and posthumously to the next of kin in the name of those who are killed in action or die of wounds received in action. It is specifically a combat decoration.

About 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. 

About the Military Order of the Purple Heart Service Foundation
The Military Order of the Purple Heart Service Foundation provides pioneering programs to meet today’s challenges faced by combat-wounded veterans and their families.  Among its  activities, the organization provides online job training through its Veterans Vocational Technical Institute to disabled and combat-wounded veterans; Raises funds for service, welfare, and rehabilitation work in connection with the members of the Military Order of the Purple Heart of the U.S.A. (a congressionally chartered veterans organization), those who are eligible for membership therein, or any wounded, disabled and/or handicapped veteran, his widow, orphan or survivors; To support liaison services in offices of the US Dept of Veterans Affairs, soldier's homes or other administration of veteran's affairs wherever and whenever deemed necessary; and Support legislative services to advise and confer with the executive offices or bureaus and departments of the US Government and Congressional committees or their members on any matters of interest and importance to disabled ex-servicemen and women.

The mission of the American Veterans Center is to preserve and promote the legacy and experiences of America's veterans and active duty service personnel from World War II through today. A non-profit educational organization, the Center and its programs are funded solely through generous contributions from people like you. All contributions are tax-deductable. The AVC is a 501(c)3 charitable organization.

For Media Inquiries or further information contact:
MOPH Public Relations,
Jim Klug,
Military Order of the Purple Heart Service Foundation,
Steve Ruckman,
Web: www.purpleheart.org and www.mophsf.org

Seth Nichols, Director of Development
Web: www.americanveteranscenter.org

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