Tuesday, December 10, 2013


Honored and overwhelmed was Bryan’s response to a mystery box delivered by UPS. Upon opening he found a quilt and a letter –  A Quilt of Valor.

“Yes! I was overwhelmed with unaccustomed feelings.” said Bryan.

The quilt was made by Angie Smith as part of the nationwide Quilt of Valor Foundation. Mrs. Smith said in her accompanying letter that, “this one is, Stars in the Cabin. I found this pattern in a catalog and like the concept.” Her husband (career Navy) served on the USS Midway during Vietnam.

Bryan has since been in contact with Mrs. Smith to thank her. He sent her this picture, taken in front of some second growth redwoods that conceal a 2 story barn that was built of Old Growth Redwood in 1920.

Mrs. Smith wanted to enlist in the Marines during the Vietnam conflict but was talked out of it by family. She still has that spirit. Her Dad served in the Marines in the South Pacific during World War II, and an uncle served in the Army in Europe during that same war.

For those of you unfamiliar with the Quilts of Valor Foundation, we invite you to check out their website.  Mrs. Smith says during her time making and sending the quilts that Bryan was only the 2nd recipient to contact her.

“I don’t know why that is but I know it took me a bit to settle and respond.”

Chapter 89, Special Forces Association

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