Dale LaPalme, of Hermansville, was recently elected as the new State Commander for the Military Order of the Purple Heart. LaPalme is a Vietnam veteran and served in the army from 1969 through January of 1972. He was injured while driving over a land mine with the grader he was operating at the time. LaPalme has four daughters, Sherry, Tammy, Alana and Christy. He is married to the former Bonnie Miron of Powers.