Veteran Stories

James Darby

James enlisted in the U.S. Army in 1965. He completed his basic training at Fort Jackson, SC, and his advanced training for helicopter mechanics at Ft. Eustis, VA, where he graduated first in his class as an instructor. He only taught one class before he received his orders to ship out to Vietnam. James was […]

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Jesse Gladney

Since Jesse was a Boy Scout, he realized how much he loved peace and protecting people, which is why he joined the U. S. Army National Guard in April 1987. He did his Basic Training at Fort Dix, New Jersey. Jesse deployed to Iraq in 2003 with the 178th Combat Engineers, where he was based at […]

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Donate A House To Help A Veteran

There are many ways to support Purple Heart Homes and the Service Connected Disabled Veterans we serve. Becoming a volunteer, making a donation, and sharing our story with family and friends are all great ways to get connected. However, did you know that you can make a donation of a house or property you own? […]

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William Carlin

Mr. Carlin enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps in 1966.  He completed his boot camp at Parris Island, South Carolina, then to Camp Geiger, North Carolina, for motor transport training where he was assigned to B Company 2nd Med at Camp Lejeune, North Carolina. Shortly after that, he was reassigned to motor transport at Camp […]

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Threse Marshall

Threse Marshall served in the U.S. Navy from 1987 to 1991. She did her basic training at Recruit Training Center Orlando in Florida. She was stationed in Puerto Rico at Naval Air Station Roosevelt Roads. Her assignment was with the squadron VC-8 Redtails as an Aviation Machinist Mate performing maintenance on aircraft engines and aircraft […]

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Justin Snider

As a child, Justin Snider was always intrigued by military films. His grandfather served with the Marines and his uncle served with the National Guard. His brother-in-law also served with the Navy. After his childhood friend was killed in Iraq back in 2008, Justin knew that it was time to take action. Justin enlisted in […]

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Rodger Downing

Rodger Downing has a family history of men who served our country and believes it is everyone’s obligation. That’s why he joined the U. S Marines Corps in September, 1985. Rodger reported to Parris Island, SC, for his Basic Training in 1986, and then on to Infantry Training School at Camp Geiger, NC for assignment […]

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James Schenk

James spent his military career with the U.S. Navy in submarines. He enlisted in 1966, and was sent to Great Lakes Naval Station, Illinois, for basic training, and stayed there for electronics school. He was then sent to Groton, CT, in 1968. His career on submarines started on a WWII sub, the USS Grouper. His […]

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Alex Rychlik

Alex joined the U.S. Navy in 2005 because he wanted to serve his country and experience military life. His basic training was completed at Great Lakes, IL and his advanced training in Pensacola, FL. During his time in the Navy he served aboard the Aircraft Carrier USS Enterprise based out of Norfolk, VA. Alex was […]

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David Cantrell

In 1967, when David Cantrell received his notice from the U.S. Government that he was designated as 1A and would soon be drafted, he decided to enlist in the U.S. Marine Corps. David comes from a large family. Four of his brothers served our country, only David was sent to Vietnam. His Basic Training was […]

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Hugh McClenney

Hugh McClenney was drafted in the U. S. Army in 1969. He comes from a family of military men. His father served in WWII, and his oldest son is getting ready to retire from 20 years of service in the U. S. Marine Corp. Hugh did his basic training at Fort Bragg, North Carolina and […]

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High School Students help Purple Heart Homes with renovations in Ohio

January 24, 2017

Saint Edward High School students are helping out Purple Heart Homes with renovation on a home near Cleveland’s west side. The home will be renovated, brought up to code, receive energy efficiency upgrades along with new flooring. Expected move in date is late May for a Navy Veteran who served in the Persian Gulf and […]

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