Beatrice WWII veteran presented with Quilt of Valor
A Beatrice World War II vet was presented with a Quilt of Valor on Saturday.
Loree Dienstbier, president of Beatrice American Legion Auxilliary, Calvin King with the quilt at King’s home home. Several Beatrice Auxiliary members attended the presentation as well as District 11 commander Glenn Schwab from the Beatrice American Legion.
King served in the Army from 1944–1946 . He did his basic training at Camp Hood, Texas. He first went to Vancouver, Wash., then to Hawaii. In 1945 he was in Saipan for a month and then Okinawa.
He experienced many air raids, providing “smoke screens” through intense attacks. King was at one point assigned radio operator of his company, but since the commander had been hit and there was no one to report to, he became a front-line rifleman. When the company left Okinawa, it went to the Philippines and onto Hokadata, Japan. In August 1946, King left Tokyo and came home.
Medals Calvin King has received include the Bronze Star, Gold Conduct Medal, Asiatic Pacific Campaign Medal, WW II Victory Medal, Army of Occupation Medal, Japan Clasp, Combat Infantry Man Badge First Award and Philippine Liberation Ribbon.
Quilts of Valor are given to Veterans to comfort them and to remind them that their family, friends, community, and country thank them for their sacrifices, service, and valor, according to a press release.
The Auxiliary received the quilt from Quilt Stitches in Beatrice. Volunteers can go there to piece and quilt Quilts of Valor.