The Military Order of the Purple Heart (MOPH) is proud to salute its National Finance Officer and Past National Commander Boyd Barclay ...read more
Military Order of the Purple Heart
MOPH Salutes Past National Commander Boyd Barclay upon his induction into the Oklahoma Military Hall of Fame
The Military Order of the Purple Heart (MOPH) is proud to salute its National Finance Officer and Past National Commander Boyd Barclay on the occasion of his induction into the Oklahoma Military Hall of Fame.
The ceremony will take place at 6:00 PM, 9 November 2012, at the Cox Convention Center
, 1 Myriad Gardens, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.
Born on 16 April 1940 in Ft. Worth, Texas, Boyd Barclay graduated from Oklahoma State University in 1963 and was commissioned a Second Lieutenant in the U.S. Marine Corps.
After attending flight school, he returned to Vietnam in 1967 for a second tour and served as a Huey Gunship Pilot.
On 8 June 1967, Captain Barclay was copilot of a UH-1E helicopter on a visual reconnaissance mission near Khe Sanh when his aircraft came under intense enemy automatic weapons fire, killing the pilot and severing Captain Barclay's left hand.
Despite shock from loss of blood, he
somehow prevented an uncontrolled crash landing saving the lives of the other crew members.
For his actions, Captain Barclay received a Silver Star and the Purple Heart medal.
In 1968, Captain Barclay was medically retired from the Marines.
In his professional life, Captain Barclay has operated his own insurance business and actively participated in the industryâ€™s professional organizations.
Mr. Barclay has served his community in myriad positions of responsibility including the Deer Creek School Board, the Deer Creek Community Enrichment Foundation, and the Logan County Excise and Equalization Board.
was appointed by Senator James Inhofe to the Oklahoma Veterans Task Force
, where he
served as chairman until 2000 and continues to serve on the task force today.
was appointed by Governor Frank Keating to the Oklahoma Military Advisory Commission
twice, and was honored with the â€œDisabled American Veterans of Oklahoma, Helping Hand Award.â€
While assisting a veteran, Captain Barclay discovered that Purple Heart recipients with zero disability were in category 7 of the VA Healthcare system.
As a result of Captain Barclayâ€™s leadership and sustained congressional efforts, Purple Heart
recipients were upgraded to Category 3 in the Millennium Health Care and Benefits Act of 2000.
As MOPH National Commander, he testified before a Joint meeting of the Senate and House Armed Services Committees on issues of importance to all veterans.
Captain Barclay requested that a Purple Heart Stamp be issued.
Captain Barclay has set a high standard for citizenship and continues to set an example as a public servant, entrepreneur, Marine, and veteran that is worthy of emulation.