Valor Guard

The Purple Hearts Reunited Valor Guard is a group of Patriots dedicated to delivering lost medals of valor across the country. Comprised of former and current military veterans, their years of dedicated service span across the Army, Navy, Air Force, and Marine Corps. Dedicated to preserving our nation’s freedom, they also understand the importance of honoring our heroes and finding homes of honor for their lost or stolen medals.



CDR (R) John “Dawg” Gawne

CDR John “Dawg” Gawne (USN Ret) was commissioned at Virginia Tech in 1987. Dawg received his wings of gold in 1990 and reported for training in the FA-18 Hornet.  His deployments included worldwide operations with day and night traps aboard the USS Midway, USS Constellation and USS Stennis.  Additional tours…

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CSM (R) Robert Martin Patterson (MOH)

Patterson joined the Army from Raleigh, North Carolina, in 1966, and by May 6, 1968, was serving as a specialist four in Troop B, 2nd Squadron, 17th Cavalry Regiment. During a firefight on that day, near La Chu in the Republic of Vietnam, Patterson single-highhandedly destroyed a series of enemy…

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COL Ballard

COL (R) Donald E. “Doc” Ballard (MOH)

Donald Everett Ballard (born December 5, 1945) is a retired Colonel in the Kansas National Guard and former member of the United States Navy, in which he was a Hospital Corpsman in the Vietnam War and received the Medal of Honor. Ballard was born in Kansas City, Missouri and it…

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LtCol Robert Peterson

LtCol Robert “Norm” Peterson

LtCol Robert “Norm” Peterson is a native of Chicago and graduated from Southern Illinois University and was commissioned a Second Lieutenant in the United States Marines in October 1991. He completed Pilot training in 1995, was winged a Naval Aviator and was selected to fly the F/A-18 Strike Fighter.  LtCol…

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CDR David Brooks

CDR (R) David “Homer” Brooks

Commander (CDR) Brooks is a native of Kwajalein in the Republic of the Marshall Islands.  He is a graduate of Georgetown University and entered the Navy as an Ensign in 1993. After flight school, CDR Brooks served as an F/A-18 Hornet pilot, deploying twice aboard the USS ABRAHAM LINCOLN.  His last…

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LtCol Dennis Freyre

LtCol (R) Dennis Freyre “Tuck” Hensley

LtCol Dennis Freyre “Tuck” Hensley (USAF retired) was privileged to serve for over twenty years on active duty in the Navy and the Air Force.  After graduating from high school in 1980, he enlisted in the Navy and served as an Air Traffic Controller aboard the USS Midway.  He received…

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Jobu Picture

CDR Derek “Jobu” Nalewajko

CDR Derek F. Nalewajko, call sign “Jobu”, is a native of San Jose, California. He graduated from the California Maritime Academy in 1994 with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Marine Engineering and was commissioned an Ensign. CDR Nalewajko was designated a Naval Aviator in April 1998 and received orders…

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Mark Anderson

CDR Mark “Max” Anderson

Mark “Max” Anderson began US Navy flight training in November 1988.  His first aircraft was the C-2A based at NAS Norfolk Virginia and later deployed with the USS John F. Kennedy to the Mediterranean in 1990.  He flew worldwide missions and took the lead on the first SEAL delivery missions for…

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Director – LtCol (R) Mitch “Taco” Bell

LtCol Mitch “Taco” Bell joined the Marine Corps in 1986 and was winged a Naval Aviator in January of 1991. He flew the KC-130 in Cherry Point, NC, Okinawa Japan and Fort Worth TX in the Reserves. His primary duty has been Recruiting for nine of his 29 years in…

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