OMSA President’s Message

November-December 2018

Borch, Mr. Fred

Mr. Fred Borch

Dear Fellow OMSA members:

Denver convention, August 9-12. Thanks to Dave Zeller, Frank Smith, Nathan Weiss, and many others, the Denver event was a big success. This JOMSA contains details about the convention as well as some great photographs. Congratulations to all who exhibited successfully and those who received Society awards, especially Chris Cawthorne and Nathan Weiss. Both Chris and Nathan received OMSA’s prestigious Distinguished Service Medal. Chris for exemplary service as your vice president and Nathan for his continued hard work organizing our annual convention.


Houston (The Woodlands), August 15-18, 2019. For your planning purposes, we are in the Houston area from Thursday, August 15 through Sunday August 18, 2019. Our venue is The Woodlands Waterway Marriott Hotel and Convention Center. My last President’s Message (September-October) said we were in Houston from August 7-12, 2019. This is totally incorrect, and I regret the mistake.


Our 2019 annual convention begins on Thursday, August 15, 2019. Chris Cawthorne is our man-on-the-ground and, as Chris previously put a convention together in Houston, the 2019 event is certain to be even better!


Orlando, August 13-16, 2020. Nathan Weiss and I recently signed a contract for our 2020 convention. We will be at the Rosen Centre Hotel in Orlando. OMSA member Skip Pfeiffer will be the man-on-the-ground for us. Given the many tourist attractions in Orlando, this is the time for every OMSA members to bring his/her entire family to the convention – at least your grandchildren. If your grandchildren discover that you went to Orlando without them, you will never be forgiven!


Convention in 2021? Your Board is always looking ahead. Please let Nathan or me know if you will help put on our annual event in your area.


New book on Medal of Honor. Major (US Army retired) Dwight S. Mears has published a new book on the Medal of Honor. It is the only comprehensive history of American’s highest combat decoration, and the 300-plus page book covers every aspect of this fascinating award. Major Meyers, who has a PhD in history and is recent law school graduate, looks at the medal’s historical, legal, and policy underpinnings. The real value of the book is that Mears explains how the nomination and selection process for the decoration has changed over time, and why some acts are considered worthy of recognition and some are not. The Medal of Honor: The Evolution of America’s Highest Military Decoration, is available though the University Press of Kansas.


New website on Purple Heart. OMSA member Eric Caubarreaux has launched a new website about the Purple Heart. The web address is: (National Register of Purple Heart Recipients) and Eric’s intent is to build a database of all Purple Heart recipients from the Civil War to the present. He already has some great information listed, including name, rank, unit, date of wound(s), authority for award, etc. Write to Eric and let him know what you think of his new website and perhaps you can give him details on those Purple Hearts in your collection that Eric does not have listed. Click here to email Eric.


XIIIth European Conference of Phaleristic Societies, Vienna, Austria, May 10-12, 2019. The next annual event will take place in Vienna. Email kontact@ordenskunde.atfor more information on attending this international medal event. More information is also to be found at  The Deadline for registration is May 5, 2019.




Best wishes to all, Fred


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