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.
Combat Wounded Veterans Memorial
Chapter 826 installs their "Combat Wounded" memorial.
Just after its first anniversary as a freshly chartered chapter of MOPH, the North Georgia Chapter 826 began a project to place a fitting memorial to all Combat Wounded Veterans in the local Gilmer County Veterans Memorial Park in Ellijay, GA. Located about 75 miles Northwest of Atlanta, GA in the Southern Appalachians, Chapter 826, Patriot Tom Richardson searched the world over to find just the right components. He found a foundry in Pennsylvania that had a mold for a stunning bronze scroll and Purple Heart to top off the memorial. The original bronze mold was commissioned by a MOPH chapter in California. He found beautiful red granite from India and grey granite from Elberton, GA. Finally, he found just the right craftsmen at Whitener Monument Company to put it all together in nearby Blueridge, GA.
The new chapter had almost no funds in the bank so we began a fund drive which included a raffle quilt, donation cans and donations from local businesses. Local thrift store, Faith, Hope, and Charity, kick started our drive with a donation of $2,700.00
Chapter members constructed a mold and poured over 1,000 pounds of concrete for the footer which would be the base of the 1,600 pound memorial. The grey granite base was engraved with symbols representing the 5 branches of the military and set in place. The memorial was dedicated at a ceremony on Memorial Day, 2017 in front of more than 200 guests. Tom and Chapter President Mike Pilvinsky were the featured speakers at the ceremony. Since the red granite had not arrived from India by Memorial Day, a facsimile model was constructed and placed at the memorial site. About two months later, the final piece of the memorial arrived and was engraved and permanently place in Veteran’s Memorial Park. Patriot Larry Fraliex donated and erected a flagpole nearby and Patriot John Hanna purchased a “Combat Wounded” flag for permanent display in the park to complete the display.
Chapter 826 Patriots Celebrate Birthday of a WWII Combat Wounded Veteran
est. December 17, 2015
Total Members 18
Chapter 826 Awards MOPH Leadership Metal (27 March 2018)
Chapter 826 Patriot Brad Blazek, Captain, USA (Ret) presents the MOPH JROTC Leadership Medal to Cadet Lieutenant Colonel Jacob DeMello the Battalion Commander designee for the 2018-2019 school year. The presentation was made at Lumpkin County High School. MAJ Jeff Moran, USA (Ret), also pictured, is the Senior Army Instructor.
Car for Guest Chaplin Wade Youmans (29 January 2018)
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.
Dr. Will Mattison about to enjoy his birthday cake.
Chapter 826 Patriots recognized during the Gilmer County Memorial Day Ceremony
Chapter 826, Military Order of the Purple Heart held a fundraiser last November and raised enough money to purchase safe, reliable transportation for our Guest Chaplain, Wade Youmans. He is pretty happy about it and Chapter 826 is proud of providing these kinds of services for veterans.
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.
The Military Order of the Purple Heart Leadership Medal was presented to Cadet Colonel Christian Perez of Dalton High School by Chapter 826 Commander Mike Pilvinsky at the DHS Junior Reserve Officers Training Corps Awards Banquet on Tuesday, March 27th. Chapter 826 presents awards at 6 high schools in the region plus the Senior ROTC program at The University of North Georgia. The award recognizes a cadet for demonstrating outstanding leadership, academic excellence, and patriotism. Cadet COL Perez is the Catamount Battalion Commander.
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
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.
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
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.
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.
Meeting Day: 3rd Wednesday of the Month
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.
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.
Chapter 826 Awards MOPH Leadership Metal (3 May 2018)