On Friday, March 10, 2017, Faith, Hope, and Charity, a local thrift store in Ellijay, GA, presented Chapter 826 a check for $2,700 which will go toward the “Combat Wounded” Memorial that is planned for Ellijay’s Veterans’ Park.  Pictured are Purple Heart awardees, Carl Mylam, John Hannah, Mike Pilvinsky, Bill Click, and Tom Richardson.  The chapter then presented a plaque of appreciation to the thrift store management to recognize their support to our community and its combat wounded veterans. 

Chapter Commanders Marvin Gardner of Chapter 525 of Rome, GA and Mike Pilvinsky of Chapter 826, Elijay with members of the Pickens County Board of Commissioners as they declare Pickens County a Purple Heart Community.

John Hannah,  Former Commander and Adjutant of Post 82, American Legion.   Founding member, Chapter 826.  Senior Vice and Adjutant, Chapter 826.
John was awarded the Silver Star, Bronze Star, Navy Commendation Medal with V Device and three Purple Hearts during his two tours in Vietnam.  He went on to retire as the Command Master Chief Petty Officer of Submarine Group 6 in Kings Bay, GA

Chapter 826 regular meeting place at Post 82, American Legion in Ellijay, GA

Chapter 826 Patriots presenting a Certificate of Appreciation to Ryalls Cheek, the owner of Crossroads Grocery.  His store had collected over $400 in donations for combat wounded veterans.

November 6, 2016
Commander Micheal Pilvinsky (at that time Chapter Organizer) at MOPH National HQ with the National Commander Bob Puskar , National Adjutant Ernesto Hernandez III and also the rest of the National Staff at HQ in Springfield, Virginia.

 The National Commander and National Adjutant are signing the charter document for North Georgia Chapter 826.

Chapter 826 Patriots, Jerry Harrison, Gene Jones, John Hannah, Larry Fraliex, and Carl Milam stand to be recognized during the Gilmer County Memorial Day Ceremony at Ellijay Veterans Park.

On Saturday, December 5, 2015 Commander (Elect) Michael Pilvinsky and Senior Vice Commander (Elect) John Hannah were invited to join Chapter 576, Alpharetta as they distributed 150 Christmas baskets to Army, Air Force, and USMC representatives at Dobbins ARB.  Later in the day, the baskets were distributed to military families in the Atlanta area.  What a wonderful project Chapter 576 took on.
Commander (Elect) Mike Pilvinsky and Senior Vice Commander (Elect) John Hannah with USAF Command Master Chief Tubbs, the top dog at Dobbins ARB.

Chapter 826 installs their "Combat Wounded" memorial.

Chapter 826 Patriots recognized during the Gilmer County Memorial Day Ceremony 

Chapter 826 Patriots Celebrate Birthday of a WWII Combat Wounded Veteran

4 Commanders:  Jerry Harrison, Chapter 826 Finance Officer with Farris Johnson, Department of Georgia Commander. Doug Middelton, Region IV Commander.  Mike Pilvinsky, Chapter 826 Commander, and Past National Commander, Jim Blaylock at the Department of Georgia Executive Committee Meeting in February 2017


Mike Pilvinsky​​

​US Army (Ret)

(706) 889-5254​​

North Georgia, Chapter 826


est. December  17, 2015

 Total Members​ 18


Carl Milam

Department Senior Vice Commander Walter Swenson Installing Chapter 826 on December 17, 2015

Chapter 826 digs and pours the footer for their "Combat Wounded" memorial.

From left, Carl Milam, Bill Click, Will Mattison, Larry Fraliex, Jerry Harrison, Steve Whitt, Mike Pilvinsky, Melanie Whitt, Suellen Reitz, Bob Reitz, Ed Chandler, Vicki Hannah and John Hannah.

RIP John Hannah

Members of Chapter 826, Military Order of the Purple Heart celebrated the 95th Birthday of WWII Combat Wounded Veteran, Dr. Will Mattison at a luncheon at Charlie's Italian Restaurant.

Dr. Will Mattison about to enjoy his birthday cake.

Meeting Place: Post 82, American Legion

297 Legion Road, Ellijay, GA

Meeting Day: 3rd Thursday of the Month

Meeting Time: ​1900 Hrs (7:00 pm)