Chartered by Act of Congress For Combat Wounded Veterans

Chartered by Congress in 1958, The Military Order of the Purple Heart is composed of military men and women who received the Purple Heart Medal for wounds suffered in combat. Although our membership is restricted to the combat wounded, we support all veterans and their families with a myriad of nation-wide programs by Chapters and National Service Officers.

Featured Members

Current CT State Commander  Daniel M. Eddinger from Torrington CT, Major (Ret) Daniel M. Eddinger was elected as the Department Commander of Connecticut for the Military Order of the Purple Heart. Dan joined the Army in 1965 served with The Old Guard at FT. Meyer VA before leaving for Viet Nam in 1967. Dan received two wounds in country during the 68 Tet Offensive. He continued his service to his country and retired in 1992 after 26 years in the US Army and Nebraska National Guard. Contact email is: [email protected]


Current Command for Chapter 103 Larry French

United States Marine Corp. – Enlisted – Infantry  … Assignments included duties from combat in Vietnam followed by a security tour in Iceland and later service with the Department of State at embassies located in Athens, Cairo & Beirut.

ROTC – Cadet - University of Connecticut

United States Army (RA) – Officer - Paratrooper - Nuclear & Chemical Corps; various assignments included nuclear weapons plotter & live chemical agent trainer, Commander Decontamination Company, NATO monitoring of Chernobyl and an instructor with Special Forces, Fort Bragg.

2010 – Present
United States Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla 24-3.Contact email is: [email protected]

Francis Hushner

Francis (Frank) Cushner
Ansonia, Connecticut

WWI Marine wounded and gassed in France.

Founder of the Military Order of the Purple Heart