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Bronze Sculpture ~ Oil Paintings
Originals ~ Limited Editions
|"Classics of Tomorrow . . . Today"
Sculptor and Painter
of American Heritage Fine Art
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Pictured above, are many of the honored members of the Texas State - Military Order of the Purple Heart as they recently
met for the yearly Texas State Convention. Although there are many other important military organizations, this group of men
represent the ONLY veterans' organization in the United States that consist of 100% combat wounded soldiers.
The Purple Heart (originally established as the “Badge of Merit” by General George Washington in 1782) is awarded to
members of the armed forces of the U.S. who are wounded by an instrument of war in the hands of the enemy and
posthumously to the next of kin in the name of those who are killed in action or die of wounds receive in action. It is a specific
The organization now known as the “Military Order of the Purple Heart,” was formed in 1932 for the protection and mutual
interest of all who have received the decoration. Composed of exclusively Purple Heart recipients, it is the ONLY veterans’
service organization comprised of “combat wounded” veterans.
The 2014 delegates of the Texas State - Military Order of the Purple Heart veterans' organization unanamously voted to
commission Mr. Boyett (a Vietnam Veteran as well as a Purple Heart recipient) to create the above design as a 9' scale bronze
memorial sculpture to bring honor and tribute to the combat wounded veterans of the United States Armed Forces. This
sculpture is unique in that it represents the Purple Heart veterans, in unity, from 4 different combat generations - World War I,
World War II / Korea, Vietnam, and the modern day soldiers from Desert Storm, Afghanistan and Iraq. Although these soldiers
are battle worn, wounded and weary, they continue to move confidently forward with the unity, strength and dignity that only
true American patriots can muster.
|8.5" Scale Original Clay Maquette
The Field Funeral of boots, rifle and helmet is
not yet shown in this maquette