September 26, 2021

Local Veteran receives Quilt of Valor

Local Veteran Wallace Russell (R) with his neighbor, Barbara Roberts at Veteran’s Park in Newnan. Roberts nominated Russell for a Quilt of Valor which he received during a ceremony on May 22.

(Franklin, GA) — A local Veteran, Mr. Wallace Russell, was recently honored with a ‘Quilt of Valor.’

The Quilts of Valor Foundation’s mission is to provide service members and veterans with comforting, healing quilts and recognize them for their service.

Russell first entered the Army in January of 1964. Following basic training at Ft Gordon here in Georgia, he was transferred to Ft Bennington for airborne training. He shipped out to Okinawa, Japan that September before heading to Vietnam in May of 1965 and was among some of the first servicemen deployed there.

After his time was served, Wallace returned stateside to San Francisco in November, 1966.

Russell received the Combat Infantryman’s Badge, National Defense Service Medal, Vietnam Service Medal, Presidential Citation, and Paratroopers Wings.

He was nominated for the quilt by his neighbor, Barbara Roberts, and the quilt was made by members of the Coweta County Quilts of Valor Chapter.

“We want every ‘Quilt of Valor’ to be special for our veterans and we strive to make them of the finest quality and with love and gratitude in every stitch,” says Kathy Wilson, Group Coordinator of the Coweta Chapter.

Mr. Russell’s quilt was pieced and bound by Louise Sinclair and quilted by Jean Raines.

With his family members present, the quilt was presented to Mr. Russell during a ceremony at Veteran’s Park in Newnan on Saturday, May 22.

Click here to learn more about the Quilts of Valor Foundation.

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