Purple Heart Awarded Veteran Applies For Personalized License Plate; The Reason DMV Denies is Ridiculous

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Vietnam War veteran and Purple Heart recipient Arnold Breitenbach of St. George, Utah, requested a personalized license plate to commemorate the year he was wounded and received the high honor, 1969.

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Breitenbach requested the plate number “CIB-69,” with “CIB” standing for Combat Infantryman’s Badge, and “69” standing for the year he received the award.

All good, right? Nope, not when bureaucrats are involved.

Breitenbach was shocked when he received a letter of denial from the Utah Division of Motor Vehicles, which stated that it was against state regulations to issue a personalized license plate with the number “69,” because some might consider it a sexual term.

The Spectrum  reports that the letter, from DMV Audit Manager Sherri Murray, informed Mr. Breitenbach, a former gunner on an armored personnel carrier:

“While your intended meaning behind the requested plate, CIB-69, is honorable, the Division of Motor Vehicles is required to follow Utah law when approving personalized plates.


Administrative Rule R873-22M-34 is clear regarding the use of ’69’ on personalized plates – ’69’ formats are prohibited unless used in a combination with the vehicle make, model, style, type, or commonly used or readily understood abbreviations of those terms.”

The stunning decision, which Breitenbach appealed and lost, was met with puzzlement by the veteran, as The Spectrum further reported, even former Democrat President Bill Clinton received a dishonorable mention.

“I figured in today’s day and age, when President (Bill) Clinton can have all that stuff going on in the Oval Office and he says that what he did wasn’t really sex with that woman, (it’s odd) to be turned down because this is so offensive to the citizens of Utah,” Breitenbach said.


“They’ve got Viagra (ads) all over the place,” he said. “I can’t imagine myself sitting on the sofa with my parents when I was a little kid having something like that on TV. In today’s day and age, it seems like everything is out in the open.”


Breitenbach wrote to Gov. Gary Herbert and Rep. Don Ipson asking for help with his cause, but they referred him to the established appeals process. In January, his appeal was denied.


Breitenbach decided against a further appeal, figuring it wasn’t worth the time and expense, he said. He got a Purple Heart license plate, without the infantry designation.


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Matthew K. Burke
Matthew K. Burke
A former Washington State U.S. Congressional candidate in 2010, Matthew attended the nation’s first modern day Tea Party in 2009 in Seattle, Washington. He also began writing and blogging that year. Matthew became a Certified Financial Planner in 1995 and was a Financial Advisor for 24 years in his previous life. Matthew was one of the three main writers leading a conservative news site to be one of the top 15 conservative news sites in the U.S. in a matter of months. He brings to PolitiStick a vast amount of knowledge about economics as well as a passion and commitment to the vision that our Founding Fathers had for our Republic.

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