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The Military Order of the Purple Heart

For Immediate Release

Denver, CO August 12, 2014

Military Order of the Purple Heart Elects Delaware Resident J. Patrick Little as National Commander

Delaware native J. Patrick Little was elected as National Commander of the Military Order of the Purple Heart (MOPH) at this year’s National Convention held in Denver, Colorado.

Patriot Little served in the US Army from 1968 to 1970, and served in Vietnam with 1/30th Field Artillery, 1st Air Cavalry Division.  He was wounded on August 12, 1969 on LZ Becky in Tay Ninh Province, during a devastating incoming mortar and rocket attack that wiped out all three of the Battery’s gun emplacements.  After his military service Pat had a distinguished twenty-two year career with the DuPont Corporation.  In 1992 Patriot Little left DuPont to form a company that specializes in assisting entrepreneurs with starting businesses based on the development of new technologies.  Companies from Japan and Germany have successfully started operations in the U.S. as a result of his consultative support.  He assisted in the startup of yet2.com, an Internet company that is the global leader in the marketing of Intellectual Propriety.  Pat is also the past President of Union Optical Company USA.

Patriot Little is past Finance Chairman and Treasurer of Goodwill Industries of Delaware and Delaware County.  He has served on various boards at the request of the Governor of Delaware.  He also serves on the Board of Directors of two international companies.  In another military related role, he has served as the past President of the 30th Field Artillery Regiment Association.  Patriot Little’s formal education includes a BS in Economics, from Pennsylvania Military College, now called Widener University., MBA courses from the University of Pennsylvania, and Advanced Management Certificate from Columbia University.  Prior to his election as National Commander, Patriot Little held increasingly important command positions in his local Chapter, State Department, Northeast Region, and National organizations.

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, 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:
John E. Bircher III, Public Relations Director
Email: PublicRelations@Purpleheart.org
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