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Local veterans honored with quilts

Three local veterans were given Quilts of Valor by the Quilts of Valor Foundation at a ceremony on Wednesday, January 10. The three were Phillip Tillman of Burlington, Ronald Price of Mebane, and Terrance Sanders of Mebane.

The mission of Quilts of Valor (QOV) is to honor service members and veterans who have been touched by war with comforting and healing Quilts of Valor. As of November 30, 2023, there have been 369,697 Quilts of Valor awarded nationwide. There are now QOV chapters in all fifty states.

Phillip Tillman of Burlington was nominated for a QOV by his friends Rosemary and Tom Stephens. Phillip served as a Chaplain in the U.S. Army and Air Force, beginning his military career in the Army in December 1960 and retiring from the NC Air National Guard in May 1990.

Assignments included Maxwell AFB, Montgomery, Alabama; Grissom AFB, Bunker Hill, Indiana; a one-year remote tour in Alaska, servicing four radar sites on the Distant Early Warning Line (DEW Line). Also, Craig AFB in Selma, Alabama, and the USAF Hospital in Wiesbaden, Germany. While serving in the NC Air National Guard, Phillip served two short TDY (temporary duty tour) in Greenland.

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Ronald Price of Mebane was nominated by Tammy Crawford, Director of Veteran Services Alamance County. Ronald served in the US Marine Corps from 1965 to 1969. Assigned to the 1st Marine Division at Camp Pendleton, CA and the 3rd Marine Division in Hawaii and Okinawa.

Ronald was assigned to Danang, Vietnam with the H & S Company where he sustained injuries from shrapnel. He was hospitalized in Yokosuka, Japan from December 1967 to May 1968. Assigned to the 2nd Battalion 6th Marines at Camp Lejeune until October 1968 when he was assigned to the USS Boxer Cruise. Ronald was honorably discharged mid-September 1969 and is a Purple Heart recipient.

Terrance Sanders of Mebane was nominated by Tammy Crawford, Director of Veteran Services Alamance County. Terrance served in the US Marine Corps from 2001 to 2012 as a Logistics Vehicle System Operator and Law Enforcement Specialist until his discharge from duties due to injuries sustained on one of his deployments. Assignments included Kosovo, Kenya, Kuwait and twice to Iraq, one with Task Force Tarawa and the other with the 24th Marine Service Support Group.

He continues to serve his country through the Department of Justice and continues to check on multiple veterans he has served with. Sanders is a Purple Heart recipient.

Grateful Quilters of Mooresville is a chapter of the national Quilts of Valor Foundation and provided the quilts used in this ceremony. The Mooresville quilters have awarded 175 QOVs to date.

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