Chapter 1919

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.

The organization now known as the “Military Order of the Purple Heart,” was formed for the protection and mutual interest of all who have received the decoration. Composed exclusively of Purple Heart recipients, it is the only veterans service organization comprised strictly of “combat” veterans.

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Saturday, February 22nd, 2020

The Austin Club
110 East Ninth Street
Austin, Texas 78701 

Chapter 1919 Objectives

  1. Cultivate an environment of camaraderie among combat wounded veterans.
  1. Promote Patriotism and Americanism in our communities: Veteran & Memorial Day Ceremonies; Parades; JROTC and ROTC Leadership Awards & Scholarships.
      1. Support necessary legislative initiatives to preserve veteran benefits.

4. Provide services and support to all veterans and their family members: short-term financial assistance; family resource referrals; support, honor, and improve quality of life for aging veterans.

Patriot Stories from Chapter 1919

Fletcher W. Harris. Jr.    

Fletcher Harris, Jr. was born in 1923 on Galveston Island, and is justly proud of the local area appellation, “BOI,” which stands for “Born on the Island.” He received...

Horace P. Williams

A Modern day "Buffalo Soldier" Horace Williams is a civilian employee working at Camp Mabry. He served two tours in Vietnam and was wounded at CU CHI on February 10, 1966...

Armando Ybarra

Armando Ybarra, our most recently elected chapter Trustee, is not only unusual, he is unique among our chapter’s 550 Patriots. To start with, he is the only one among us...

Roland K. “Ken” Towery 

Corregidor POW Survivor Pulitzer Prize-Winning Journalist Roland Kenneth (Ken) Towery was born in 1923 in Smithville, Mississippi. The following year his family moved to...

Bishop Davis (B.D.) Mckendree

This survivor of the brutal conditions of the Japanese POW Camps in WWII never gave up his love of poetry, perhaps that helped him to survive. It is also a great wonder...

Servando C. Varela

Servando Varela was born in 1923 in New Braunfels, Texas where his family had a farm near the city. When Servando was still a young child they moved to Garfield where they...

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MOPH 1919 in the Greater Austin Area

575 Total Members
345 Reside in Central Texas Counties

Purple Heart Recipient

Any person of good moral character who is serving in or has served in one of the Armed Forces of the United States, or any foreign country, who can show proof of the award of the Purple Heart for wounds.

No cost for membership

Associate Membership

For a parent, spouse, sibling, lineal or adopted descendant (child, grandchild or great-grandchild) of either a living or deceased Purple Heart recipient, evidence of the award of the Purple Heart and the relationship must be submitted with the application.

Life Membership: $50