VFW Post 1638 Auxiliary of Merrill held its second Quilt of Honor presentation at the Merrill Eagles Club July 28. Receiving special, custom-made quilts at the presentation were local veterans Lee Pfaff and Wayne Krueger.
Private First Class Lee Pfaff served in the Army from 1965-1967, fighting in the Vietnam War. Lee was a wireman and switchboard operator in the communication section where he worked long and hard to ensure proper communication throughout the battery. Lee also was a truck driver, fulfilling an important logistical role.
Lee received an Overseas Medal, a Sharpshooter Rifle Medal and a National Defense Medal.
Wayne Krueger served in the Air Force from July 1965 to June 1969 as an aircraft structural maintenance specialist working on B-52 Bombers and nuclear bombs. Wayne served in Pleiku, Vietnam. He was also presented with a “Man of Honor” certificate, which read “Wayne served so that others may live, you are a true American Man of Honor. We the people of the United States are grateful.”
The presentation event was attended by family and friends of the two veterans, along with State Senator Tom Tiffany.
The custom quilts were created by sisters Cheryl Coyer and Mary Lezotte. Coyer, who coordinates the program through the Post 1638 Auxiliary, brought her passion for honoring veterans through quilting, creating the Quilt of Honor program.
VFW Post 1638 Auxiliary/Quilt of Honor is a new program of Merrill’s Schmitt-Manecke-Donner Post. Members are committed to continue to present healing quilts and warm memories to VFW members.