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The Military Order of the Purple Heart

Doug Middleton

National Senior Vice Commander
National Bylaw Committee Chair

MiddletonDoug Middleton was born in Long Beach, California. In March 1964, he was drafted into the United States Army as a Private. After 14 months of service, he graduated from Officer Candidate School at Ft. Sill, Oklahoma and was commissioned a Second Lieutenant of Field Artillery. For the next thirty years, Doug had a very successful Army career, retiring in 1994 as a Colonel. He served two tours of duty plus a TDY in Vietnam. It was on his first tour that he was wounded by an enemy land mine while trying to occupy a battery position area. Doug also spent a total of nine years serving in Germany. While he was a Captain, Major, Lieutenant Colonel and Colonel, he had the privilege of commanding soldiers six times. He commanded an artillery firing battery in combat in Vietnam as a Captain. He later commanded the Headquarters Battery of a Pershing 1A missile Battalion. As a Major, he commanded a Pershing 1A missile firing battery in Germany. After Command and General Staff College at Ft. Leavenworth, Kansas, Doug was assigned to the Pentagon where he was the Assistant Executive to the Comptroller of the Army. He then returned to Germany where he commanded the world’s first Pershing II Missile Battalion as a Lieutenant Colonel and his unit was awarded the Superior Unit Award for the period of his command. After graduating from the U.S. Army War College, he was reassigned to Germany for duty as the 56th Field Artillery Command Chief of Staff. Subsequently, he was assigned to Ft. Lewis, Washington where he commanded the 9th Infantry Division Artillery and later was assigned as Division Chief of Staff. His last assignment was the commander of the U.S. Army Community and Family Support Center (CFSC) in Washington, DC where he was responsible for Morale, Welfare and Recreation activities throughout the Army. Under his watch at CFSC, the Army acquired the Shades of Green Armed Forces recreation Center at Disneyworld and the expansion of the Hale Koa hotel in Honolulu, Hawaii. He is a graduate of Army Basic Training at Ft. Ord, California, the Officer Candidate Course, the Field Artillery Officer Advanced Course, the Command and General Staff College at Ft. Leavenworth, Kansas, and the Army War College at Carlisle Barracks, Pennsylvania He has numerous awards and decorations along with the Army General Staff Identification Badge and the Parachutist Badge. The German government awarded him the German Air Force Missile Qualification Badge in Gold.

After retiring from the Army, Doug became the Chief Operating Officer for the Metropolitan Atlanta Chapter of the American Red Cross. During his tenure, the Chapter participated in the 1996 Summer Olympics and responded to the bombing in Olympic Park. The Chapter responded to hundreds of other disasters in the metro Atlanta area including the south Georgia floods of 1994 and the disastrous Atlanta tornadoes in 1998 and even sent staff and volunteers to the New York City 9-11 Twin Towers and Washington, D.C. Pentagon disasters. Doug retired from the Red Cross in 2003.

In April of 2004, Doug joined Prevent Child Abuse Georgia as the Chief Executive Officer. In this capacity, he led the only statewide non-profit in Georgia whose mission was the prevention of child abuse and neglect before it occurs. Prevent Child Abuse Georgia was one of the largest and strongest state chapters of Prevent Child Abuse America.

Doug has been active in many community service organizations. Doug joined the Military Order of the Purple Heart in 1995. He has been the Sergeant-at- Arms, Junior Vice Commander, Senior Vice Commander and Commander of Chapter 576, Military Order of the Purple Heart and Junior Vice Commander, Senior Vice Commander and Commander of the Department of Georgia, Military Order of the Purple Heart. He has also served as a National Aide-de- Camp. He is a member of Post 201, American Legion, The Veterans of Foreign Wars, the Atlanta Vietnam Veterans Business Association, The Military Order of the World Wars, and the Association of the United States Army. He is also a past member of the Downtown Atlanta Kiwanis and Downtown Atlanta Rotary Clubs.

Doug holds a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from Loyola University of Los Angeles and Master of Public Administration degree from the University of Missouri. He is also a graduate of the Harvard University, John F. Kennedy School of Government course in Partners and Organizational Leadership.

Doug has been married to the former Pat King of Salinas, CA for 51 years and they have a daughter Julie and a son Dan and four grandchildren.
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