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NWLA Chapter 351

The Purple Flash




               CHAPTER 351                                      SHREVEPORT, LA

        November, 2009                                                              Newsletter 10



NOTICE:  This newsletter sent via U. S. Mail to all members who do not have E-Mail address.  Please understand that if we can e-mail your newsletter that it saves the Chapter money and time.




You are cordially invited to attend the regular monthly meeting of the MOPH Chapter 351 scheduled for 2 NOV 2009. Lunch will be served at 1200 and the meeting will take place after the meal at 1300. We will be presenting Retired Marine Corporal Blake Johnson with a specially equipped crossbow that will allow him to hunt though disabled.  He and his wife LeAnn will be in attendance. If you plan to be at the luncheon, please RSVP myself or MAJ Ken Bourgeois so that we may inform the hostess of our plans. MAJ Bourgeois’s email is


I would like to welcome Patriot Eddie J. BRADFORD and his wife Lisa to our Chapter 351.  Eddie served in the US ARMY during the conflict in the Republic of Vietnam. 






The 2010-2011 Academic Year Military Order of the Purple Heart (MOPH) Scholarship Information   and Application package has been posted to the MOPH website: . To download a copy, select “Purple Heart Programs” from the homepage, then “Scholarships.” You will then be directed to the package. If you prefer to have a copy sent by mail, contact MOPH Headquarters at (703) 642-5360 or by e-mail at . In order for a direct descendent (child, step-child, adopted child, grandchild or great grandchild) of a Purple Heart recipient to be eligible to apply, the recipient must be (1) a member of the Military Order of the Purple Heart or a member in good standing at the time of death or (2) a veteran killed in action or who died of wounds and did not have the opportunity to join the Military Order of the Purple Heart. A complete list of eligibility criteria can be found on the first page of the application. The deadline for receipt of scholarship applications at MOPH Headquarters is 5:00 p.m., February 16, 2010. No exceptions will be granted


These are possibly the 5 best sentences you'll ever read. This is one paragraph that should be in every book in every school room in every city in every state in our great Union ... Our educators should make a lesson plan on this one statement and instill these words in the minds of all students.

1.      You cannot legislate the poor into prosperity by legislating the wealthy out of prosperity.

2.      What one person receives without working for, another person must work for without receiving.

3.      The government cannot give to anybody anything that the government does not first take from somebody else.

4.      When half of the people get the idea that they do not have to work because the other half is going to take care of them, and when the other half gets the

         idea that it   does no good to work because somebody else is going to get what they work for, that my dear friend, is the beginning of the end of any nation..

5.   You cannot multiply wealth by dividing it

Adrian Rogers, 1931





John Newton is the author of the lyrics to Amazing Grace. Newton was born in 1725 in London England. Despite the powerful message of Amazing Grace, Newton’s religious beliefs initially lacked conviction.


After a brief time in the Royal Navy, Newton began his career in slave trading. The turning point in Newton’s spiritual life was a violent storm that occurred one night while at sea. Moments after he left the deck, the crewman who had taken his place was swept overboard. Although he manned the vessel for the remainder of the tempest, he later commented that only the grace of God could save him. That was his first step in accepting the grace of God.


These incidents and his 1750 marriage to Mary Catlett changed Newton significantly. On his slave voyages, he encouraged the sailors under his charge to pray. Nevertheless, it would be another 40 years until Newton openly challenged the trafficking of slaves.


Of all the songs of the church, Amazing Grace, sums up all the grace of God. Eph 2; 8 say’s, for by grace are ye saved through faith:  and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God. Newton said in his song, that it was amazing that God could save man from all his sins. He was lost, he was blind, now he could see and he was not lost anymore.


Except God Amazing Grace through Faith and be saved.


At your service:


Chaplain Eames






In recognition of your service to our country, all veterans and active
duty military personnel are invited to eat free at Applebee's
Neighborhood Grill & Bar Restaurants this Veterans Day,
Wednesday, Nov. 11, 2009
.  As you may recall, Applebee's launched a pilot program last year on Veterans Day offering free entrees to military service personnel and veterans. Because the response was so overwhelmingly positive, Applebee's is extending the invitation throughout the country this
year.  We would appreciate your help in spreading the word. Please help us share details across your various communication channels.

veterans and active duty military with proof of current or
former military service will eat free at all Applebee's nationwide on Veterans Day,
Wednesday, Nov. 11, 2009

Proof of service includes: U.S. Uniform Services Identification Card,
U.S. Uniform Services Retired Identification Card, Current Leave and
Earnings Statement, Veterans Organization Card, photograph in uniform or
wearing uniform.


NWLA Veterans Home will be celebrating the Monthly

Birthday Party 3Nov09.  The cake is provided by your Ladies Auxiliary and the ice cream is provided by the Marine Corps League. We urge you to come out and participate in this fun activity. The party starts at 1400 until 1500.



Leslie T. WILLIAMS		11/12/49
Walter GEORGE JR.		11/6/23
Earl PICKEREL		11/10/23
Kenneth WILKERSON	11/15/45
Clifford EICHLER		11/21/18
Ralph  WALLS			11/23/46
Dock S. HARRIS		11/25/46
Gardner ADAMS		11/23/43



Prevent Swine Flu - Good Advice
Vinay Goyal is an MBBS, DRM, DNB (Intensivist and Thyroid specialist) having clinical experience of over 20 years. He has worked in institutions like Hinduja Hospital, Bombay Hospital, Saifee Hospital, Tata Memorial etc.. Presently, he is heading our Nuclear Medicine Department and Thyroid clinic at Riddhivinayak Cardiac and Critical Centre, Malad (W).
The following message given by him, I feel makes a lot of sense and is important for all to know
The only portals of entry are the nostrils and mouth/throat. In a global epidemic of this nature, it's almost impossible to avoid coming into contact with H1N1 in spite of all precautions. Contact with H1N1 is not so much of a problem as proliferation is.
While you are still healthy and not showing any symptoms of H1N1 infection, in order to prevent proliferation, aggravation of symptoms and development of secondary infections, some very simple steps, not fully highlighted in most official communications, can be practiced (instead of focusing on how to stock N95 or Tami flu):
 1. Frequent hand-washing (well highlighted in all official communications).
 2. "Hands-off-the-face" approach. Resist all temptations to touch any part of face (unless you want to eat, bathe or slap).
 3. *Gargle twice a day with warm salt water (use Listerine if you don't trust salt). *H1N1 takes 2-3 days after initial infection in the throat/ nasal cavity to proliferate and show characteristic symptoms. Simple gargling prevents proliferation. In a way, gargling with salt water has the same effect on a healthy individual that Tami flu has on an infected one. Don't underestimate this simple, inexpensive and powerful preventative method.
4. Similar to 3 above, *clean your nostrils at least once every day with warm salt water. *Not everybody may be good at Jala Neti or Sutra Neti (very good
Yoga asanas to clean
nasal cavities), but *blowing the nose hard once a day and swabbing both nostrils with cotton buds dipped in warm salt water is very effective in bringing down viral population.*
5. *Boost your natural immunity with foods that are rich in Vitamin C (
Amla and other citrus fruits). *If you have to supplement with Vitamin C tablets, make sure that it also has Zinc to boost absorption.
6. *Drink as much of warm liquids (tea, coffee, etc) as you can. *Drinking warm liquids has the same effect as gargling, but in the reverse direction. They wash off proliferating viruses from the throat into the stomach where they cannot survive, proliferate or do any harm.

Our next regular meeting of Chapter 351 will be on 2 November, 2009, at the Highland Center.  If you need a ride you may contact any of the Officer’s listed below and request assistance.  Please call Johanna THAXTON (318 868 6305) and let her know if you plan to share lunch with us at 1200 on the 2nd of November, 2009, followed by our regular meeting.


Military Order of the Purple Heart

Northwest Louisiana Chapter 351 Officers  2008-2009



Ronald M. Chatelain 318 687 7572

Senior ViceCommander/Chaplain/WelfareO

  James Eames 318 686 4408

Americanism Officer

  Frank H. Thaxton Jr. 318 686 6305

Junior Vice Commander

 Bill Depingre 318 219 9660

Finance Officer

  James McAnn 318 949 3169

Judge Advocate

  Rellis Godfrey 318 227 2887


Kenneth L. Bourgeois 318 795 0515


 James E. Harkness 318 929 4660

Sergeant at Arms

  Ed Fedrick 318 938 0546

Trustee 3 yr

  Hubert Greathouse 318 687 0830

Trustee 2 yr

  Willie Curry 318 925 6540

Trustee 1 yr

  Gerald Teutsch 318 742 9568

Service Officer

  James E.  Harkness 318 929 4660


  Ralph A. Hair 318 221 1302


 Kenneth L. Bourgeois 318 795 0515




Yours in Patriotism



Ken Bourgeois