U.S. Marine Corps
World Ward II
PNC James Randles was commissioned into the U.S.Army as a second lieutenant after receiving a degree in education from the University of Nevada. He retired in 1987 after 20 years of service. PNC Randles served in various posts around the world but most notably refers to his stint as Troop Commander of G Troop, 2nd Squadron, 11th Armored Calvary Regiment in Vietnam. He Received 3 Bronze Stars, one with the Valor Device, Purple Heart, 3 Meritorious Service and Joint Service Commendation, 3 Army Commendation Medals, the Vietnam Campaign Medal and the Vietnamese Armor Badge. PNC Randles has served as a chapter, and state officer. He became the third National Commander of the Military Order of the Purple Heart from Georgia when he was installed in 2005. He still serves on the MOPH Service Foundation Board of Directors.
PAST NATIONAL COMMANDER'S
THE DEPARTMENT OF GEORGIA
PNC Edward Chastain was inducted into the U.S. Army in November 1943, completed infantry training at Camp Blanding, FL. and then joined Co. I, 120th Inf., 30th Inf. Div. at St. Lo, France in July 1944. He helped capture 278 German prisoners during the breakthrough at the Siegfried Line. While acting sergeant near the Rhine River, Cologne, Germany he suffered shrapnel wounds to his right arm, leg and head. He received the Purple Heart, Bronze Star and Good Conduct Medals. He also received the Combat Infantry Badge, Expert Rifleman Expert Rifleman Badge and the EAMETO ribbon with 3 Battle Stars. He served as Chapter, State and Regional Officer and as the National Commander for the MOPH from 1985 – 1986. PNC Chastain also served on the Board of Directors for the MOPH Service Foundation.
PNC James Blaylockgrew up on a farm in Albany, Georgia in a
family of nine children, three of whom are Veterans. He was educated in the Dougherty County Public School System. He lost his right hand and forearm while serving with the Marine Corps in Vietnam. He earned a Bachelor’s degree in business from Albany State College and a Master’s degree in business management from Georgia State University in Atlanta.
He has served as a Chapter, State, Region, and National Commander of the Military Order of the Purple Heart; he is a past Chairman-of-the-Board of the Purple Heart Foundation and a founding board member of the Georgia Veterans Leadership Program. He is a past Chairman and two term member of the Georgia Veterans Service Board, an appointment bestowed on him by successive Georgia governors Roy Barnes and Sonny Perdue.