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The Military Order of the Purple Heart

Angelo Wider

National Service Director

Middleton Patriot Angelo Wider enlisted in the U.S. Army in 1964, and completed his basic training at Fort Dix, New Jersey. After time in Hawaii, he deployed to Vietnam with Company C, 1st Battalion 27th Infantry, 25th Infantry Division; they called themselves the "Wolfhounds".

He was wounded in action in 1966 and averted a fatal injury, as a bullet went through his body but managed not to puncture any vital organs. He became the youngest non-commissioned officer in his unit in Vietnam at the age of 19 and 4 days.

Angelo left the service in 1967 and went on to complete his Bachelors Degree from CCNY and Masters from George Washington University. He worked in telecommunications for 10 years and then for the U.S. Postal Service Executive Cadre, where he was Master of Ceremony for the unveiling of the Purple Heart stamp at MT. Vernon, Virginia in 2003, which is where he met several Patriots and joined the Military Order Of The Purple Heart (MOPH).

He retired from the Postal Service in 2010, and has been involved with several community service projects. He serves as Chairman of the Loudoun County Community Service Board, Past National President for The African American Postal League United For Success (APLUS); an organization that develops minorities to move up in the postal service and past member and Curator for the National Postal Museum Advisory Committee.

He has served as Judge Advocate for MOPH Virginia Chapter 353 and is currently Jr. Vice Commander. Each Memorial & Veterans Day, Patriot Wider is the MOPH representative at the wreath laying ceremony at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial.

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