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The Military Order of the Purple Heart

For Immediate Release

Annapolis, MD - April 29, 2010


Saturday, April 24, 2010 was a momentous day in the annals of the U.S. Naval Academy.  First, Academy Midshipmen 1st Class (seniors) Huy N. Troung of Minneapolis, Minn. and Steven C. Sifuentes of Redmond, Wash., each of whom received a Purple Heart during their prior-enlisted service in the U.S. Marine Corps, were honored at a special half-time ceremony during the Navy lacrosse game against Johns Hopkins University at the Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium.


Commander Jim Sims, Midshipman Truone, Midshipman Sifuentes

The stands, filled with almost 12,000 spectators, erupted into thunderous applause as National Commander of the Military Order of the Purple Heart Jim Sims, presented these two outstanding midshipmen with a life membership in the MOPH and other Purple Heart mementos during the half-time ceremony. 


This particular match was also notable because Navy was able to defeat Johns Hopkins for the first time in the past 36 years.  The team went into the day determined to finally break a historical losing streak that had plagued the Academy for years, in many cases losing their previous matches by only one point.  With only 10 seconds remaining in overtime, Senior Midshipman Andy Warner scored the final goal, giving Navy a 9-8 victory over the Johns Hopkins Blue Jays.  The stands went wild, tears filled the eyes of the Alumni, and the streets of Annapolis erupted into a party that lasted most of the night.


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.  Through the VAVS program, MOPH volunteers 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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