I was born in 1951, my first Christmas was spent at my Grandparents farm with my Mom.
My Dad was in Korea for Christmas in 1951. He was 25 years old.
Season Greeting To CO.B. 5th RCT
Yuletide Greeting From Korea
Land of Lice and Diarrhea
From Murky Shores We Half Mastered
Merry Christmas You Lucky Bastard
Luckily my Dad came home in one piece, he had a shrapnel wound on his head and on his arm.
It was a tough time over there in Korea. My Dad thinks of his experiences often especially during the wintertime. He says some of the images are still stuck in his head after all these years. I remember that Mom used to complain that he would wiggle his toes all night long in his sleep, he learned to do that in a foxhole in Korea during the winter to keep his toes from being frost bitten.
62 years later my Dad finally got some recognition for his time served in Korea.
I read a blog called Wyoming Breezes written by my friend Nancy. Nancy puts together tops of quilts for the Quilt of Valor Program. She suggested that I nominate my Dad for a quilt. I went to the website and filled out the paperwork.
One Sunday afternoon the phone rang, it was a gal by the name of Rende…she was part of a quilting group and would be presenting the quilt to my Dad! She wanted to present it about 4 PM on the 19th of December.
I called my parents and asked them to be home and have the coffee pot on. If I could manage it then it would be a surprise for both of them. I also called my Aunt Anna and asked her to go over and make sure they were at home that afternoon. Mother was very curious, Dad was a little curious also especially after I asked him to change his shirt!
It was a wonderful surprise. Aunt Anna and few of my cousins showed up and my other baby brother and his wife. My sister and my baby brother live too far away to attend.
Rende presented the Quilt to Dad.
It is a beautiful work of art.
I also invited my friend Anna who is a reporter for the local newspaper, she wrote an article about my Dad and the photo made it above the fold.
Dad told us all “That’s the first thing I’ve gotten in 60 years.”
62 years actually.
It is never too late to say Thank You to a Veteran. My Dad was thrilled to tears with his quilt, I think he feels a little bit like a celebrity with all the attention…it is about time!
On this Christmas Day in 2013, I am thankful for Nancy and all the other quilters that piece together and stitch the quilts for these very deserving veterans. I thank you on behalf of my father and all the other veterans you have honored with your stitching.