Out of the dust comes the jewel. With the induction of its first officers on June 22, 1985, the Department of Georgia came into being on the heels of a number of ironies. As early as 1978, there were four (4) Military Order of the Purple Heart (MOPH) Chapters in the state of Georgia; namely in Augusta (#425), Atlanta (#465), Columbus (#492) and Waycross (#520). Each of these Chapters were organized by formidable Patriots with a desire to generate interest in and to create a MOPH Department of Georgia. The organizers recognized at start-up were Edward Chastain (#425), Milton C. Johnson (#465), Allen D. Baldwin (#492) and John M. King (#520), the latter being the most prolific and the former the most dynamic. Both Patriots King and Chastain would achieve their destiny and wish to become higher level Commanders. Through his resume' of helping veterans as a service-officer, local community service, institutional voluntarism, organizing Chapter starts throughout the State, Patriot King was elected as the first Department Commander at the first Department Convention in 1985. At the MOPH National Convention, during the same year (1985) Edward Chastain was elected as the 54th National Commander. While health issues affected the terms of both, their legacy is cherished and lives on in the accomplishments of elected officers emanating from the Department

Department Charter Members

M.W. Hank Adcock

Olyn F. Burleson

Christian F. Dusta

Glen Haller

Raco J. Proto

Walter P. Spivey 

L.A. Adkins Sr. 

 John W.Bowens Jr.

Jack Furman

Lewis B. Jones 

James L. Reed

Clinton E. Sikes

Billy H. Allison 

Edward W. Chastain

Albert F. Fuqua

John M. King Jr.

John H. Scharnitzky 

Allen D. Baldwin

Luther V. Clemons 

George P. Gardiner

 James R. Lide Jr.

Bobby N. Scott

Number

425

465

492

520*

525

531

576

596*

694*

8888*

1000

826*

834*

N/A

N/A

Department Chapter Charter History

Chartered

APR. o6, 1977

AUG. 29, 1982

OCT. 26, 1983

OCT. 18, 1985

JUL. 23, 1986

JAN. 06, 1987 

MAY 29, 1991

DEC. 16, 1991

AUG. 09, 1997 

MAY 31, 2008 

OCT. 10, 2013

NOV. 19, 2015

FEB. 24, 2018 

Never Chartered 

Never Chartered

Location

Augusta

Atlanta

Columbus

Waycross

Rome

Athens

Alpharetta

Savannah

Tifton

St. Mary

Fitzgerald

Ellijay

Macon

Covington

Dublin

Name

James A. Dyess 

GEN. Wm. Cunningham 

Donald R. Johnston

Shelton W. Monroe

Rome

N. E. Georgia 

CPT. Hillard A. Willbanks

MAJ. Henry Talmage Elrod

D.E. Dickons & H.E. Key Jr.

Steven “Old Sarge” Mare 

South Georgia

North Georgia

Rodney Maxwell Davis

Covington

Dublin

* Chapter is closed

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