WWII veteran honored by Military Order of the Purple Heart

OXFORD – A World War II Marine Corps veteran in residence at the New York State Veterans’ Home in Oxford was honored Wednesday with a lifetime membership in the Military Order of the Purple Heart.

William Barden was presented with a certificate signifying his membership in the organization, which is comprised solely of combat veterans who have been decorated with the Purple Heart.

“It is an honor no one seeks,” said MOPH Service Officer Nelson Fox, loosely quoting General David Patraeus. Fox, who hails from Sherburne, is a Vietnam-era combat veteran and one of only two other MOPH members currently living in Chenango County. He was one of three representatives from MOPH’s Central New York Chapter 490, which is based in Utica, who traveled to Oxford yesterday for the presentation.

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