The Piece Works Quilt Shop Quilts of Valor group honored five veterans with quilts on Saturday, Nov. 16, in a ceremony at the American Legion Hall.

The group would like to thank JoAnn Collins, Bill Manning and the American Legion Auxiliary for helping with the program.

Quilts of Valor distributed

Five area veterans were given Quilts of Valor on Saturday, Nov. 16. They included (from left) Robert Garnett, David Ridgeway, Nathaniel McVay, Peter Colman and Denny Vaughn.

Robert Garnett, Des Moines

Garnett graduated from Winterset High School. He worked and managed a service station until February of 1952 when he enlisted in the United States Air Force.  Basic Training was taken at Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio, Texas, and Advanced Training at Keesler Air Force Base in Biloxi, Miss. His overseas duty station was Osan Air Force Base in Korea with the 18th Communications Squadron in 1953. Garnett’s MOS was Ground Radio Operator and Ground Power Man. 

Upon returning to the United States, he was a senior instructor to a Ground Observer Corps Squadron in Des Moines. Their responsibility was to observe and report low flying enemy aircraft that may have flown below the radar screen. Fighter aircraft were then contacted to intercept, identify as friend or foe and shoot down any aircraft identified as enemy. Garnett indicated that this was during the Cold War in the 1950s when the United States was always on high alert. His enlistment ended on Dec. 31, 1955, with a rank of Staff Sergeant, E-6.

David Ridgeway, Norwalk

Ridgeway took Basic Training at Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio, Texas. He then went to Keesler Air Force Base in Biloxi, Miss., for Advanced Training in electronics. Following this training, he returned to Lackland for training as a Crypto Technician. He attained a top secret clearance and was assigned to Sheppard Air Force Base in Wichita Falls, Texas. His assignment was scrambling messages for President Lyndon B. Johnson. Ridgeway’s ending rank was Sergeant, E-5.

Nathaniel McVay, Winterset

McVay enlisted in the United States Marine Corps in 1995 and served until 1999. Basic Training was at San Diego Recruiting Station and also Camp Pendleton. Next, he was sent to Aberdeen, Md., where he received training as a Mechanic in motor and body repair. Overseas deployment was to Okinawa, Japan, for one year. Upon returning stateside, Nathan ended his Marine career at Camp Lejeune in NC. His ending rank was PFC.

Peter Colman, Urbandale

Colman enlisted in the United States Navy in 1956 and served on active duty until 1960. Following training he was assigned to the USS Lloyd Thomas DDE764 as a Machinist Mate in the engine room. Due to an accident on base he was severely injured and spent one year in the Des Moines Veterans Hospital. Colman’s actual retirement date from the Navy was 1965. His ending rank was Machinist Mate 3rd Class. 

Denny Vaughn, Winterset

Vaughn served our nation in the Army National Guard from 1971 to 1977. Basic Training took place at Fort Dix, NJ, and Advanced Training at Fort Lee, Va. His MOS was Supply Clerk. Vaughn’s active duty station was Camp Dodge in Johnston. He was assigned to the 234th Transportation Battalion. In addition to his duties as Supply Clerk, he had the honor of being the jeep driver for the unit’s colonel. Upon discharge he had achieved the rank of Specialist 4th Class.