Military Order

 of the

Purple Heart

 

    Texas Capital Chapter 1919

   Austin, Texas

Last Updated 4-7-2014


ABOUT OUR MEMBERS

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Chapter 1919’s Patriots are combat wounded veterans from every battlefield (or at least every theatre of operations) where American troops have fought, from the first shots fired in WWII up to the present time.  The personal experiences of these veterans are individually interesting and collectively awesome.  Their stories, strung together, would be a wonderful part of American History.  Biographical Sketches of some of our nearly 600 chapter members are shown later in this display, but; we are proud of them all.

 

A few of the others, wounded in noteworthy engagements, or who performed distinguished service in the military or subsequently in civilian life, are also singled out for special mention here. 

 

The Purple Heart is awarded for sacrifice, not for heroism; however, many who receive it were doing heroic service when wounded.  Patriot Robert E. O’Malley, of Goldthwaite, a Marine Corps Rifle Squad Leader in Vietnam, is a Medal of Honor recipient; as was Roy Benavidez (deceased) an Army Green Beret.  James Farmer, Sr. (deceased) and Bill Kerr (deceased) were recipients of the Distinguished Service Cross in WWII, and Brice Barnes earned his DSC in Vietnam (Brice is the 47th Infantry's  honorary "Colonel of the Regiment").  There may be other very high awards for valor that we do not know about; and, Chapter 1919 has more Silver Star recipients than can be named in this brief paper.  Retired General Officers include Robert Bernstein (deceased), Army Medical Corps, who commanded Walter Reed Army Hospital and after military retirement served as Director, Texas Department of Health; also, Guy S. Meloy III, (Army), Frank Breth (deceased) (Marine Corps); and Carlos Hayden (Army Reserve).

 

Our “earliest wounded” patriots are G.R. Williams (deceased), wounded and blown overboard off the deck of the battleship, West Virginia, in the Dec 7, 1941 attack on Pearl Harbor; and only hours later, Art Rice, (deceased) an Army Air Corps ground crewman wounded in the bombing of Nichols Field outside Manila in the Philippines.  Our earliest Iraq wounded patriot is Alan Babin, a paratrooper and an Army Medic, wounded on Operation Iraqi Freedom in March 2003; and, one of our very few women patriots is an Iraq wounded Army veteran MP, Renessa Gerhardt.  Navy crewmember, Joel Lehman, was wounded in the 1967 Arab-Israeli War when the U.S.S. Liberty, operating in the Mediterranean Sea, was struck by an Israeli missile.  Armando Ybarra was wounded in the terrorist truck bombing of the Marine Barracks in Beirut, Lebanon in 1983.  Gerardo Vazquez Vazquez was wounded in Panama during Operation "Just Cause" in 1989.  Greg Scott and Oscar Segura were both wounded in the 1991 Gulf War (Desert Storm). James Kinimaka was wounded in Mogadishu, Somalia in 1993.   Patriot (and Chapter Commander), John Stavast (deceased), who survived 6-years in North Vietnamese prison camps after being shot down over Hanoi, was held POW for so long that he was promoted to Colonel while in captivity.  John was an active leader in the camps, his story is in numerous books, and until shortly before his death in July 2004 he was still in demand as an inspirational public speaker.

 

Members of Chapter 1919 who later distinguished themselves in civilian life are numerous, but only a few can be listed, so we apologize in advance to the many others who also should be included.  Noteworthy patriots named next here are in no particular order, certainly not to imply any kind of ranking.  Austin, Texas has ten High Schools.  Each is named for a distinguished Texan, mostly all heroic figures in Texas history; but, the only one of the 12 high schools honoring a living person is the one named for retired Superintendent of Schools, Gonzalo Garza, a Korean War wounded veteran now residing in Sun City Georgetown. One of our charter members, and a generous donor, Herbert Spiro, is a retired diplomat, having served multiple-terms as a United States Ambassador (Herb now lives in San Antonio and is in the Alamo Chapter). Ken Towery is a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist.  Chapter Judge Advocate, Jay Kimbrough, has served the State of Texas in many high visibility positions including that of Chief of Staff in the Office of the Governor; and, Patriot Kenneth Vitucci is a muncipal judge in the City of  Austin. William Livingston, Senior Vice President (retired) and Professor Emeritus of Government at the University of Texas, is one of the founders of the university’s “Normandy Scholars” program.  Patriot and charter member, Harold Marburger (deceased), is a retired Chancellor of the Texas State University System and Assistant to the Chancellor, University of Texas System.  Frank Denius, an Austin lawyer, businessman and civic leader, is Chairman of the University of Texas Athletics Veterans Committee, and he never misses a UT football practice.  Max Noe (deceased)  retired from the U.S. Postal Service as the Postmaster in Austin; and our Chapter 1919 Commander,   John Burkhardt (U.S.P.S. Security) was head of the Federal Governments multi-agency Task Force that captured the "Unibomber," Ted Kaczynski, in 1996.

 

Famous or not, proud of them all, Chapter 1919 is looking for more combat wounded veterans to sign up!

 

COMPLETE LIST OF CHAPTER 1919

MEMBERS  PURPLE HEART STORIES

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Some Patriots also have an entry on the WWII Memorial site  

World War II
War Wounded Patriot Name

ARMY, WWII, Pacific

Article January 2005

MARTIN L. ALLDAY                      

AIR FORCE, WWII, Europe

Article April 2010

PAUL C. ANDERSEN                  

AIR FORCE, WWII, Europe

Article March 2009

SAMUEL E. (SAM) BAKER         

ARMY, WWII, Europe

Article September 2009

BERN BALLARD

Navy, WWII, Pacific

Article May 2008

HADRON "IZELL" BANKSTON

ARMY, WWII, Europe

Article November 1999

FLOYD E. BENNETT

ARMY, WWII, Europe

Article June 2004

STEPHEN J. BODNAR

ARMY, WWII, Sicily

Article September 1998

WILLIAM A. (BILL) BRANT

Army Air Corps, WWII, Europe

Article December 1996

JOHN M. BRYANT

AIR FORCE, WWII, Europe

Article September 2006

CLYDE S. CARMAN
AIR FORCE, WWII, Europe
Article December 2012
GEORGE C. CARRUTHERS

ARMY, WWII, Europe

Article July 2004

MANUEL CASTILLO

ARMY, WWII, Pacific

Article December 2008

JOE S. CASTRO 

Army Air Corps, WWII, Europe

Article July-August 1997

L.C. CASTRO

ARMY, WWII, Europe

Article May 2001

MARCUS COHEN 

Navy, WWII, Pacific

Article April 1997

STEVE CONDITT

AIR FORCE, WWII, Europe

Article March 2008

ROBERT L. COOK

AIR FORCE, WWII, Europe

Article Special July 2012

WILLIAM J. (Bill) DALLAS

ARMY, WWII, Europe

Article February 2007

ROBERT S. DALTON 

NAVY, WWII, Europe

Article July-August 2000

HARRY G. DAVES, JR.

ARMY, WWII, Europe

Article September 1996

MILFORD R. DAVIS

ARMY, WWII, Europe

Article March 2006

FRANK W. DENIUS

ARMY, WWII, Europe

Article March 2010

JERONIMO F. DOMINGUEZ

AIR FORCE, WWII, Europe

Article January 1997

RUFUS DYE, JR.                        

ARMY, WWII, Europe

Article February 2008

RALPH D. ERICKSON

Army, WWII, Pacific

Article May-June 2010

JOHN EVAN 

ARMY, WWII, Europe

Article December 1998

JAMES W. FARMER, SR.         

USMC, WWII, Pacific

Article January 2010

JESSE J. FARMER                   

NAVY, WWII, Pacific

Article July-August 1998

MELFRED FORSMAN

ARMY, WWII, Pacific

Article 2003

RANDY GREENE                       

ARMY, WWII, Europe

Article April 2004

FLETCHER W. HARRIS. JR.   

ARMY, WWII, Europe

Article May 1997

ROBERT H. HARWOOD           

ARMY, WWII, Europe

Article July 2010

HERMAN C. HAYDON

Army, WWII, Europe

Article June 1997

LESLIE R. HEREFORD, JR     

Tale of 3 CAV Troopers

James S. "Jim" Hufnall, La Grange, TX                   

Weldon S. Hoyle, Olathe, KS                                      

Stanley M. "Stan" Jankiewicz, St Petersburg FL  

AIR FORCE, WWII, Europe

Article June 1999

JAMES M. INKS

AIR FORCE, WWII, Europe

Article August 2011

ARNOLD E. (ANDY) KAUFFMAN      

ARMY, WWII, North Africa, Europe

Article July 1996

BILL KERR

Army, WWII, Europe

Special Article July 2008

WILLIAM F. (BILL) KING           

Army, WWII, Europe

Article February 2006

CARL H. KLEIN                          

ARMY AIR FORCE, WWII, Europe

Article October 2007

WILLIAM C. (BILL) LANE          

Army, WWII, Europe

Army, Korea

Article May 2006

HAROLD E. (HAL) LEWIS         

ARMY, WWII, Europe

Article April 2008

EDSELL H. (ED) LONG             

ARMY, WWII, Europe

Article December 2009

FRANK C. LUDDEN                   

ARMY, WWII, Pacific

Article January 1998

HAROLD J. MARBURGER

ARMY, WWII, Europe

Article December 2010

CURTISS A. (CURT) MARTELL

AIR FORCE, WWII, Europe

Article September 2007

THOMAS W. MATTHEWS         

USMC, WWII

Army, Korea

Article September 2008

WILLIAM H. MAYS                      

NAVY, WWII, Pacific

Article January 2006

CHARLES H. MCCOY                

ARMY AIR FORCES, WWII, Europe

Article October 2000

RAYMOND L. McKEE, SR        

Army, WWII, Pacific

Article July-August 2003

BISHOP DAVIS (B.D.) McKENDREE

ARMY, WWII, Europe

Article Jul/Aug 2012

KERRY G. MERRITT

ARMY, WWII, Europe

Article April 1999

GEORGE MIGL                          

AIR FORCE, WWII, Europe

Article December 2006

ABRAM A. MILLAR                    

ARMY, WWII, Europe

Article April 2007

DONALD C. MORRISON          

ARMY, WWII, Europe

Article September 1995

MAX L. NOE                                

ARMY, WWII, Pacific

Article May 2011

WILLIAM G. (Bill) ORR

ARMY, WWII, Pacific

Article October 2006

HENRY A. PAPKE                      

ARMY AIR FORCES, WWII, Europe

Article February 2004

JOHN E. PRICE                          

ARMY, WWII, Europe

Article July 2006

TOM F. PRIDDY

USAF, WWII, Pacific

Article March 2005

ARTHUR (ART) RICE 

USMC, WWII, Pacific

Article December 2004

JACK SALTER                           

ARMY, WWII, Europe

Article January 2008

WALLACE E. (PETE) SNELSON         

ARMY, WWII, Europe

Article October 1997

HERBERT SPIRO

ARMY, WWII, Pacific

Article January-February 1997

J. D. STALLINGS                      

ARMY, WWII, Pacific

Article October 1996

HARRY A. SWAN                      

USMC, WWII, Pacific

Article April 2014

GABRIEL TAMAYO     NEW

ARMY, WWII, Pacific

Article April 2005

ROLAND K. "KEN" TOWERY 

ARMY, WWII, Europe

Article July 2005

SERVANDO C. VARELA

ARMY, WWII, Europe

Article October 1998

CARL E. VOTTI                          

ARMY, WWII, Europe

Article October 2001

WALTER B. WALDON

ARMY, WWII, Europe

Article September 1997

JACK B. WARDEN                   

NAVY, WWII, Pacific

Article March 1999

GRANVIL RAY “G.R." WILLIAMS        

 
Korea
War Wounded Patriot Name

ARMY, Korea

Article May-June 2012

RODOLFO (RUDY) ALANIZ

USMC, Korea

Article June 2008

WILL A. BEATTY

ARMY, Korea

Article September 2004

ROBERT (BOB) BERNSTEIN, M.D.

ARMY, Korea

Special Article December 2009

JAMES LOGAN (JIM) BROWN

ARMY, Korea

Article October 2012

JAMES P. (JIM) BRYANT

ARMY, Korea

Article February 2007

ROBERT S. DALTON

USMC, Korea

Article May 1996

WILLIAM H. DECKER, JR. 

ARMY, Korea

Article April 2011

RUBEN ESPINOZA

USMC, Korea

Article November 1997

ED GARR

USMC, Korea

Article March 1997

GONZALO GARZA

ARMY, Korea

Special Article October 2012

JOHN T. (JACK) HODES

Army, WWII, Europe

Army, Korea

Article May 2006

HAROLD E. (HAL) LEWIS

USMC, WWII

Army, Korea

Article September 2008

WILLIAM H. MAYS

USMC, Korea

Special Article August 2008

JOHN WILLIAM MORRISSET

ARMY, Korea

Article June 2007

HAROLD WEEDEN
Cold War
War Wounded Patriot Name

ARMY, Korea

Special Article December 2009

JAMES LOGAN (JIM) BROWN
Vietnam
War Wounded Patriot Name

ARMY, Vietnam

Article March 2011

THEODORE T. (TED) ACHESON

ARMY, Vietnam

Article October 2011

DANNY BAKER

ARMY, Vietnam

Article March/April 2012

ERNEST G. (ERNIE) BANASAU, JR.

ARMY, Vietnam

Article January 2007

BRICE H. BARNES

ARMY, Vietnam

Undated Article

ROY P. BENAVIDEZ

ARMY, Vietnam

Article January 2013

CHARLES E. BONNEY

ARMY, Vietnam

Article February 2012

JAMES L. (JIM) BROWN

ARMY, Vietnam

Article January 2009

JOHN C. BURKHARDT

ARMY, Vietnam

Undated Article

MILTON B. (MILT) CARR

ARMY, Vietnam

Article December 2006

JIM DEETER

ARMY, Vietnam

Article March 2004

RAYMOND M. DIAZ

ARMY, Vietnam

Article May 2013

AUBREY D. DISMUKES     NEW

USMC, Vietnam

Article January 2012

CHARLES S. (CHUCK) GAEDE

ARMY, Vietnam

Article September 2001

ANTHONY J. (TONY) GEISHAUSER

ARMY, Vietnam

Article May 2004

ROBERT A. HEFFORD

ARMY, Vietnam

Article September 2010

FRED G. HUDGEONS

ARMY, Vietnam

Article February 2011

DANIEL C. (DAN) KANNEGAARD

USMC, Vietnam

Article April 2009

JAY T. KIMBROUGH

ARMY, Vietnam

Article August 2007

JOE LEVINSON

ARMY, Vietnam

Special Article May 2008

ROBERT N. (BOB) LICHTENBERGER

NAVY, Vietnam

Article August 1996

ARTHUR MANN

ARMY, Vietnam

Article March 1998

VICTOR D. MASSAGLIA

ARMY, Vietnam

Article January 2004

HOWARD M. McKINNEY

USMC, Vietnam

Article February 2000

ROBERT E. O’MALLEY

ARMY, Vietnam

Article February 2013

KERRY L. ORR

ARMY, Vietnam

Article December 2011

DAVID L. PENNINGTON

AIR FORCE, Vietnam

Article July/August 2011

HAROLD W. (BUFF) RADEMACHER

USMC, Vietnam

Article October 2002

PATRICK M. REILLY

ARMY, Vietnam

Article February 2009

FEDERICO (FRED) REY

USMC, Vietnam

Article JULY/AUGUST 2013

VINCENT (VINCE) RIOS    NEW

AIR FORCE, Vietnam

Article December 1997

RONALD W. SELLERS

AIR FORCE, Vietnam

Articles March 1996, May 1999, January 2004

JOHN STAVAST

ARMY, Vietnam

Article October 2010

MIKE TARPLEY

ARMY, Vietnam

Article December 2007

KEN WALLINGFORD

ARMY, Vietnam

Article December 2001

HORACE  P. WILLIAMS
Lebanon
War Wounded Patriot Name

Marines, Beirut, Lebanon

Article December 2003

ARMANDO YBARRA
Afghanistan
War Wounded Patriot Name
   

Marines, Iraq 2004

Article January 2011

KENNETH R. KASSNER 

Army, Afghanistan 2005

Article November 2006

RAMIRO MARTINEZ 

Iraq

War Wounded Patriot Name

Army, Iraq 2003

Article October 2004

ALAN BABIN

Army, Iraq 2003

Article February 2010

TIMOTHY J. GAESTEL

Army, Iraq 2004

Article October 2008

SCOTT C. GARRETT

Army, Iraq 2007

Article October 2008

RENESSA GERHARDT

Marines, Iraq 2004

Article July 2006

PRESTON HALEY

Marines, Iraq 2004

Article June 2006

KENNETH R. KASSNER 

Army, Iraq 2005

Article March 2007

FELIX B. SILVA, JR.

Army, Iraq 2003

Article September 2005

DAVID A. TOSH
 
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Last Updated 4-7-2014