Quilt of Valor presentation
Lawrence Workman was presented with a Quilt of Valor on Jan. 20.
When he was 17 years old in May 1944 he graduated from high school. Workman then went on to boot camp at Ferigut, Idaho. After 12 weeks he was ordered to the USS Crockett. This was a troop transport and carried 26 small higgins boats.
Workman worked in the engine room 30 feet below the water line. This transport was involved in the invasion of Okinawa. The ship was attacked by a kamikaze plan that caused a lot of damage. His ship traveled down the Pacific coast through the Panama Canal and up the Atlantic Coast to the St. James River where he received his discharge.
He received a bronze star, victory medal and Philippine liberation medal.
He was discharged on June 4, 1946, six months after the end of the war. He married Bonnie Hummel on April 24, 1949 and lived in Fairbury where he worked in a machine shop.
The quilt was pieced, quilted and bound by Marilyn Keilig.