Vietnam Army Veteran Scott Ratliff was one of 71 veterans who received a Quilt of Valor this year.
(Riverton, Wyo.) – It’s been said that lives are like quilts, bits and pieces, joy and sorrow, stitched with love. For the past year, a group of Fremont County quilters have been stitching and sewing Quilts of Valors. These quilts are given to honor and comfort men and women who have served their country, and Fremont County, in the military and specifically, while standing in the face of war.
On November 12th, one day after Veterans Day, 71 Quilts of Valor were distributed to county veterans at a special event in Riverton at the St. Margaret’s School gymnasium. Over 300 veterans, family members, guests, sewers and quilters were on hand. Quilts were distributed to veterans from World War II, Korea, Vietnam, Desert Storm, Iraq and Afghanistan.
The mission of the Quilts of Valor Foundation is to cover all combat service members and veterans touched by war with comforting and healing Quilts of Valor.
Stephanie Logan of Riverton is the Wyoming Coordinator for QOV and Chestine Brohm is the Fremont County Coordinator. Brohm was credited this year with quilting over half of the quilts presented at this year’s event.
At least 46 different individuals participated in quilting this years colorful quilts.
Veterans honored with a Quilt of Valor were:
Ronald Albright, Michael Allen, Jerry Alley, Andrew Ambrose, Dan Anderson, Robert Anderson, Earl Anglen, Charles Argento, James Arndt, Charles Arndt, Perry Bang, Todd Baxter, Dessie Bebout, C.W. Bird, Martin Blackburn John Bolte, Zach Bolte, William Bowlsby, James Brewer, Bruce Brimmer, Levi Burton, Phillip C. Bush, Todd Byerly, Mike Cook, Richard Corn, Matthew Coughanour, Michael Culver, Maurice Davis, James Dow, J.C. Dye, Eric Murphy, John Finch, Gregory Florence, Kerry Gallatin, George Gildehous, Bob Billiland, Derrick Griffen, Richard Hall, George Hampton, Liz Hodge, Charles Hood, Alice (Molly) Hoopengarner, Gordon Hull, Alex Jones, Perry Kaufman, Bob Kness, Pat Lawson, Donald Lechner, Allen Lehto, Mark Lehto, Gary Letchworth, Wayne Major Jr., Richard Mann, Jeremy Martinez, Ed McAuslan, Fred Mitchell, Robert (Rusty) Moede, Dan Moline, Owen Neil, Albert Oakley, Chris Peacock, Ken Perrson Sr., Scott Peters, Mick Pryor, Scott Ratliff, Mike Rawlings, Gary Reach, John Reed, Stanley Rinker, Ronald Saban, Paul Sauer, Larry Schifferns, Tod Scholebo, Sam Schrinar, James Sellers, Walter Slane, David Smith, Cheryl Smith, Virgil Smith, Paul Talkington, Patricia Spiars, Larry Spiars, Jon Springer, Bright Springman, John St. Clair, George Swan, William Tenlen, Gary Tetreault, Lyle Wadda, Paul Ward, Howard Wenner, Robert Whitt, Herbert Wilcox, James Witt, William Yates, Robert Yates, and Jerry Youtz.
To nominate a veteran to receive a quilt next year, call Sheep Camp Quilt Supply at 856-1468 or Country Cottage Quilt Shoppe at 857-4261. The QOV sewing group is open to anyone. The group meets from 10 to 3 p.m. on the Third Thursday of each month (except holidays) at Sheep Camp Quilts.
The Quilts of Valor Foundation is an all-volunteer organization.
Photos provided. Click to enlarge. (Some of the quilters are pictured in the photos as their quilts were awarded to veterans)