Please help those who are still in need!


SATURDAY, JAN. 23, 2021

10 am TO 1 pm

Sponsored by and taking place at:

Military Heritage Museum

900 W. Marion Ave, Punta Gorda, FL

Drop off non-perishable food goods and       needed personal care/household items

(ex. soap, shampoo, cleaning supplies)

In association with St. Vincent DePaul distribution center

If you would like to help, come on by!!


For more information, call   941-575-9002

February 6, 2021 – 11 a.m.


PUNTA GORDA, FL – The Military Heritage Museum is hosting a tribute on Saturday, February 6th, to local World War II veteran George Koch. Mr. Koch served in the U.S. Merchant Marine making the Arctic convoy runs to bring supplies and support to the US ally, the Soviet Union. These convoys fought off ferocious air attacks, submarine attacks and even surface raiders such as the famed Nazi Battleship the Tirpitz to bring much needed supplies to our allies.

The American Merchant Marine Veterans organization and the US Navy League Sun Coast Council will be presenting Mr. Koch with the Medal of Ushakov from the Russian Federation recently received from the Russian Embassy. The Medal of Ushakov is awarded to soldiers and sailors of the Navy and of the Border Guard Service of the Federal Security Service of the Russian Federation for bravery and courage displayed while defending the Motherland and the public interests of the Russian Federation in naval theaters of military operations involving a risk to life. Foreign recipients of the Medal of Ushakov are US Navy and Royal Navy personnel and merchant mariners who participated in Arctic Convoys in WWII.  The US Merchant Marine, founded on June 12, 1775, is the actually the oldest service in America – two days older than the Army.  

The ceremony is open to the public at 11 AM on Saturday February 6th in the Gulf Theater at the Military Heritage Museum in Punta Gorda, FL. It will include a color guard from Charlotte High School NJROTC unit, a video on the mission and harsh conditions of the Arctic Convoys and will be followed by a reception on the patio.

The Military Heritage Museum is located at 900 West Marion Avenue in Punta Gorda. For more information or reservations, please go to the website and sign up at or call 941-575-9002.

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