Robertson County Connection

Vietnam Veteran Gamble honored by Robertson County Republican Party

The Robertson County Republican Party (RCRP) honored Vietnam Veteran Ken Gamble at their monthly breakfast at Purpose Life Church on May 6.

Gamble worked tirelessly, often as a one-man committee, to establish the Orange Heart Medal Foundation.  He created the Orange Heart Medal which is awarded to the soldier or their surviving spouse at no charge, and to date the foundation has distributed over 10,000 medals. Gamble established a dignified monument at the entrance to the Springfield Memorial Gardens in Springfield. So far approximately 700 soldiers’ names are honored on this monument.

At the gathering Congressman Mark Green’s representative, Steve Allbrooks, presented Gamble with a certificate of special congressional recognition for his outstanding community service. Rep. Sabi “Doc” Kumar presented Gamble with proclamations from himself and Senator Kerry Roberts. Doc Kumar worked with Ken to make Tennessee the first state to recognize the Orange Heart Medal Foundation, and Doc and Linda Kumar presented Gamble with a framed photograph of that special day. RCRP Chairman Dr. Arlin Smith presented him a plaque from the party. Gamble’s friend and author of 77 Letters, Susan Hunter, was also in attendance and gave a brief introduction to her book which tells the story of her mother who wrote many letters to soldiers in Vietnam including 77 letters to three-time Purple Heart recipient, Bob Johnson. For more information on the Orange Heart Medal Foundation please visit