Department Commander Walter Swenson presenting First Responders' plaque for injuries incurred in the performance of his duties in July 2017 to Deputy Jon Beival, Forsyth County Sheriffs office, with Forsyth County Sheriff Ron Freeman.

First Responders' Plaque for Deputy Jon Beival (August 2017)

Chapter 576 Hosts the Purple Heart Run (7 July 2017)


John Hawes

(678) 779-8196

Capt. Hillard A. Willbanks, Chapter 576



​Total members 146

Chapter 576 Float in Alpharetta's Old Soldiers Day Parade (5 August 2017)

Chapter 576 participated in the city of Alpharetta's annual Old Soldiers Day Parade which salutes all veterans.  The Chapter 576 Float, built by Patriot Charles Turner and the Chapter 576 Ladies Auxiliary, contained Chapter members and their family members.  Candy was tossed to children along the parade route.

(L to R) MOPH Patriots John Hawes, Walter Swenson, Don Towers, Peter Manfre and Mike Lambert stand beside the Chapter 576 memorial wreath.

Windsor Forest High School Purple Heart Medal Award

Four Chapter 576 patriots, (L to R) Dept Commander Walter Swenson, Chapter 576 Commander John Hawes, Chapter 576 Jr. Vice Don Towers and Billy Whiesell playing golf at Lanier in the "For the Warriors" Golf Classic on 11 June 2017. 


Michael Lambert III

(404) 731-2662

Marietta National Military Cemetery Memorial Day (29 May 2017)

Chapter 576 hosted the Purple Heart Run at the American Legion Post #201 in Alpharetta, GA on 7 July 2017.  The Purple Heart Run truck is a custom-built vehicle paid for by donations from Wounded Warrior Family Services, Ford and the UAW.  The truck is on an 8,500 mile trip across the United States to raise awareness of the needs of handicapped Purple Heart recipients.  Food and lodging for the trip is provided by Marriott and gasoline is donated by Pilot - Flying J.

The Purple Heart Run truck received a police escort from Atlanta to Alpharetta.  Attendees to the event included Patriots and Ladies Auxiliary from numerous Chapters, police officers and fellow veterans.  A special guest was Alpharetta Mayor David Belle Isle who thanked all of the veterans for their service and sacrifices.  Dinner was provided by Chapter 576 and the festivities were capped with veterans signing the vehicle.  The vehicle will be donated to a Purple Heart recipient when the tour ends in Texas. 

Meeting Place: American Legion #201

201 Wills Road, Alpharetta, Georgia 30009

Meeting Day: 4th Wednesday of Month

Meeting Time: ​1900 Hrs (7:00 pm)                

"For the Warriors" Golf Classic (11 June 2017)

Cadet LTJG Hunter Peterson receives the Purple Heart Medal Award from Navy Captain Minter (L), PMS, OIC Lassiter High School and Dave Raper (R).