For Immediate Release
Oklahoma City, OK October 31, 2012
MOPH Salutes Past National Commander Boyd Barclay upon his induction into the Oklahoma Military Hall of Fame
The Military Order of the Purple Heart (MOPH) is proud to salute its National Finance Officer and Past National Commander Boyd Barclay on the occasion of his induction into the Oklahoma Military Hall of Fame. The ceremony will take place at 6:00 PM, 9 November 2012, at the Cox Convention Center, 1 Myriad Gardens, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.
Born on 16 April 1940 in Ft. Worth, Texas, Boyd Barclay graduated from Oklahoma State University in 1963 and was commissioned a Second Lieutenant in the U.S. Marine Corps. After attending flight school, he returned to Vietnam in 1967 for a second tour and served as a Huey Gunship Pilot. On 8 June 1967, Captain Barclay was copilot of a UH-1E helicopter on a visual reconnaissance mission near Khe Sanh when his aircraft came under intense enemy automatic weapons fire, killing the pilot and severing Captain Barclay's left hand. Despite shock from loss of blood, he somehow prevented an uncontrolled crash landing saving the lives of the other crew members. For his actions, Captain Barclay received a Silver Star and the Purple Heart medal. In 1968, Captain Barclay was medically retired from the Marines.
In his professional life, Captain Barclay has operated his own insurance business and actively participated in the industry’s professional organizations. Mr. Barclay has served his community in myriad positions of responsibility including the Deer Creek School Board, the Deer Creek Community Enrichment Foundation, and the Logan County Excise and Equalization Board. He was appointed by Senator James Inhofe to the Oklahoma Veterans Task Force, where he served as chairman until 2000 and continues to serve on the task force today. He was appointed by Governor Frank Keating to the Oklahoma Military Advisory Commission twice, and was honored with the “Disabled American Veterans of Oklahoma, Helping Hand Award.”
While assisting a veteran, Captain Barclay discovered that Purple Heart recipients with zero disability were in category 7 of the VA Healthcare system. As a result of Captain Barclay’s leadership and sustained congressional efforts, Purple Heart recipients were upgraded to Category 3 in the Millennium Health Care and Benefits Act of 2000. As MOPH National Commander, he testified before a Joint meeting of the Senate and House Armed Services Committees on issues of importance to all veterans. Captain Barclay requested that a Purple Heart Stamp be issued. Subsequently, future MOPH Commanders assigned him the responsibility of pursuing issuance of the Purple Heart Stamp, which resulted in the stamp finally being issued in June 2003. Thanks to his efforts, the Purple Heart Stamp was issued as a “Forever Stamp” in 2011 and is a source of pride to all who have received the Purple Heart Medal.
Captain Boyd Barclay’s induction into the Oklahoma Military Hall of Fame is testament to a lifetime of selfless service to his community and his country. Captain Barclay has set a high standard for citizenship and continues to set an example as a public servant, entrepreneur, Marine, and veteran that is worthy of emulation.
The organization now known as the "Military Order of the Purple Heart of the U.S.A. Inc.," (MOPH) was formed in 1932 for the protection and mutual interest of all combat wounded veterans and active duty men and women who have received the decoration. Chartered by the Congress, The MOPH is unique among Veteran Service Organizations in that all its members were wounded in combat. For this sacrifice, they were awarded the Purple Heart Medal. With grants from the MOPH Service Foundation, the MOPH and its Ladies Auxiliary promote Patriotism, Fraternalism, and the Preservation of America's military history. Most importantly, through veteran service, they provide comfort and assistance to all Veterans and their families, especially those requiring claims assistance with the VA, those who are homeless, and those requiring employment assistance. Through the VAVS Program, MOPH volunteers selflessly provide assistance to hospitalized veterans at VA medical facilities and State Veterans Homes.
For information contact:
National Public Relations Director, John Bircher, 352-753-5535
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