would like to proudly announce the election of Brainerd-native Bill
Wroolie to the position of Chairman of the Board of Directors for the
Purple Heart Foundation.
enlisted in the US Army Reserves as a combat engineer in 1964. He
at Ft. Leonard Wood, Missouri and Advanced Individual Training as a
heavy equipment operator also at Ft. Leonard Wood.
March 1967, he enlisted in the regular Army and was deployed to Viet
Nam. Bill served in
units while in country, the 102nd Engineer Company in Plieku, the
170th Assault Helicopter Company, also in Pleiku, and B Troop, 2117th
Cavalry, 101st Airborne Division, Phu Bai, Viet Nam.
serving 25 months in the Republic of Viet Nam, Bill was wounded at
6:00 am on May 25, 1969 while flying in a Loach helicopter on a first
light mission. He was hit by one of two anti aircraft rounds in Tam
Ky, and was later evacuated to Japan and then to the United States.
For his service in Viet Nam, Bill was awarded the Distinguished
Flying Cross, Purple Heart, Air Medal with 2 Oak Leaf Clusters, Army
Commendation Medal with combat V, Good Conduct Medal, and Viet Nam
Cross of Gallantry with Palm.
has served as: the National Commander of The Military Order of the
Purple Heart, Minnesota State Commander of the Purple Heart and the
Minnesota State Commander of Disabled American Veterans, as well as
concurrently chairing the Commanders the Minnesota Commander's Task
Force. In addition, he has served as the Chairman of the V4V, an
organization which helps Minnesota veterans and their families
improve their quality of life, and is a past President of the
Minnesota Municipal Utilities Association (MMUA). Bill currently
serves as a board member of the MMUA and commissioner of Brainerd
the Military Order of the Purple
Heart Service Foundation (MOPHSF)
Military Order of the
Purple Heart Service Foundation provides
emotional, physical, educational and
financial support for wounded and disabled veterans, to help improve
their lives. Programs
include suicide awareness, support for veterans with brain injuries,
counseling for Post-Traumatic Stress (PTS) and assistance for women’s
health issues – all common challenges for veterans. The
Purple Heart Service Foundation provides scholarships, family
assistance, claims assistance and employment training. Family
members also get support, learning how to help disabled veterans to
cope with their physical, emotional and behavioral challenges.
For more information, visit www.PurpleHeartFoundation.org.