Richard P. Golick, 78, Founder and Former Chairman of the Military Order of the Purple Heart Service Foundation, Inc., died at home in Long Beach, California on February 26, 1996. On March 7, 1996, many Patriots paid tribute to this honorable man as he was laid to rest at Arlington National Cemetery with the full military honors befitting this veteran.
Richard Golick served his country well as soldier, peace maker, and, for almost 50 years, as an inspiring leader of the Military Order of the Purple Heart. In WW II, Golick rose from the rank of Private to First Lieutenant, receiving five battle stars, the Purple Heart, and the Bronze Star medals. Following the war, he served as an official for the United Nations for refugee programs in Germany and Austria, and as an Industrial Rehabilitation Specialist in the Balkans. He assisted in the rebuilding of war-torn Europe, with assignments in more than eight countries.
He held many positions in the Military Order of the Purple Heart of the U.S.A., Inc., in such capacities as Editor of the magazine, National Adjutant General, and, in 1957-58, as National Commander. It was in that role that he succeeded in gaining a congressional charter for the Order.
In 1957, Mr. Golick organized the Purple Heart Service Foundation, a philanthropic group that has raised and spent millions on programs related to the service, rehabilitation, and welfare of veterans and their dependents. He lived to see the Foundation's missions expand into community action programs, such as disaster relief and arranging for the care of abused and disabled children.
He also served as Chairman of the United States Council of the World Veterans Federation, and as a member of the President's Committee on Employment of the Handicapped, the All American Conference to Combat Communism, and Freedom's Foundation at Valley Forge. In 1974, he became the fifth recipient of the George Washington Medallion of Merit. In 1993, he received a special award from the State Directors of Veterans Affairs for his unselfish patriotic devotion to his country.
He was married to Paula Golick until her death. He is survived by his sisters Viola and Nancy Belanger, his brother Conrad, several nieces and nephews, and his companion of many years, Rosemary.
Private contributions have been received in memory of this Purple Heart Patriot to establish a scholarship for young people entering college. Those who wish to contribute to this scholarship fund are respectfully requested to send their donation to: The Richard P. Golick Memorial Scholarship Fund, c/o The Military Order of the Purple Heart Service Foundation, Inc., P.O. Box 40, Annandale, Virginia 22003. Please make checks payable to the MOPH Service Foundation – RPG Scholarship.
Michael Robert Patterson was born in Arlington and is the son of a former officer of the US Army. So it was no wonder that sooner or later his interests drew him to American history and especially to American military history. Many of his articles can be found on renowned portals like the New York Times, Washingtonpost or Wikipedia.
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