Smith receives Quilt of Valor
Concordia resident SFC Jerry W. Smith (Ret) received his Quilt of Valor at the 32nd Annual Country Patchwork Quilt Show, in Marshall, on Sept. 28. The quilt was made by Paula Smith and machine quilted by Christena Windmeyer of Grand Pass.
Jerry Smith was born in Marshall and graduated from Marshall High School. He enlisted in the United States Army in 1983 and attained the rank of Sergeant First Class by the time of his retirement on Jan. 31, 2004. Upon completion of basic training in Fort Jackson, S.C., he attended Advanced Individual Training at Fort Gordon, Ga., specializing in tactical communication.
His duty assignments included: Fort Lewis, Wash.; Kaiserslautern, Germany; Fort Riley, Kan. (when the 1st Infantry Division was deployed to Kuwait serving in Operation Desert Shield/Desert Storm); South Korea; Fort Gordon, Ga. again; and in the White House Communication Agency in Washington, D.C., serving directly under President Clinton and President Bush and their staff. He served as squad leader, platoon sergeant and first sergeant over the 21-year period.
He earned decorations which include: Meritorious Service Medal 2nd award; Army Commendation Medal; Joint Service Achievement Medal; Army Achievement Medal 6th award; Army Good Conduct Medal 7th award; National Defense Service Medal 2nd award; SW Asia Service Medal; NCO Professional Development Ribbon w/numeral 3; Army Service Ribbon; Overseas Service Ribbon 2nd award; Kuwait Liberation Medal, Kuwait; Kuwait Liberation Medal, Saudi Arabia; Joint Meritorious Unit Award; Presidential Service Badge; and the Driver and Mechanic Badge with Driver Bar.
Smith has an associate’s degree in General Studies, has completed three levels of NCO courses with honors, and has cross trained in diesel mechanics, supply sergeant, training NCO, switchboard operator and satellite communications.
Quilts of Valor organization is proud to award Jerry Smith this special Quilt of Valor. It was made with a great deal of love, care and humility. Every quilt awarded is a message that says, “Thank you for your service, sacrifice, and valor in serving our Nation.”
The quilt is awarded with the hope that the Quilt of Valor will provide Smith many years of comfort and will serve as a tangible reminder of the respect, appreciation and value the organization places in his service and sacrifice.
“Each time you cover yourself in your quilt, think of it as a hug from all of us at Quilts of Valor,” the presentation read. “Welcome home and thank you for your many dedicated years of service.”
The Quilts of Valor Foundation is a non-profit organization made up of thousands of volunteer quilters from across the country. The organization’s mission is to provide service members and veterans who have been touched by war with comforting and healing quilts known as Quilts of Valor. Since its founding in 2003, the Quilts of Valor Foundation has awarded more than 230,000 Quilts of Valor.