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Welcome to Department of Kentucky Military Order of Purple Hearts, Lexington,Kentucky. This Department was organized and established October 22, 1988. We are a proud organization composed of World War II, Korea, Vietnam, and Gulf war veterans and active duty personnel of all branches of the armed forces of the United States. The Military Order of the Purple Heart is one of the oldest active veterans' groups in the United States. The first chapter was formed in Ansonia, Connecticut, in 1932 by a group of combat-wounded veterans from World War I. The living organization grew rapidly during and after World War II, and now a nationwide body. It became known as the "Military Order of the Purple Heart of the United States of America, Inc." (M.O.P.H.) The organization was chartered by Congress by H.R. 13558, which became Public Law 85-761 on August 26, 1958.
The cornerstones of the M.O.P.H. are:
1. PATRIOTIC: By word and deed let us testify yo our loyalty. Permit no Patriotic National Holiday to pass without some observance.
2. FRATERNAL: No patriot should be allowed to be friendless when lonely, or without aid when in need.
3. HISTORICAL: The historical foundation of our Order must ever be emphasized. The memory and precepts of George Washington must ever continue as an influence for true Americans.
4. EDUCATIONAL: Our constant endeavor should be that our youth and immigrants know and appreciate the blessings and benefits of our Constitution, our Republic form of government, and our American Institutions.
Our major objective is to work in your interest in every way we can toward the care and assistance of our fellow combat-wounded and their families. This is the only veterans' group in which membership automatically denotes combat service.
COMMANDER, LUIS RIVERA RIOS
SR VICE COMMANDER: IRVIN LYONS JR
JR VICE COMMANDER: JAMES W. FLETCHER
ADJUTANT: JOHN G. SALLEE II
FINANCE OFFICER: JOHN G. SALLEE II
JUDGE ADVOCATE: STEVENS A. EDWARDS
INSPECTOR: TRAVIS TIFFANY
SERGEANT AT LAWS: BENJAMIN L. COOPER
LEGISLATIVE OFFICER: CHRISTOPHER M. SMRT
WELFARE OFFICER: LEROY F. SPAULDING
HISTORIAN: LUCIAN E. YOUNG
CHAPLAIN: WILLIE T. HUNTER
AMERICANISM OFFICER: JOHN G. SALLEE II
CHIEF OF STAFF: BENJAMIN L. COOPER