Seven local veterans awarded QOV


On Veterans Day, Nov. 11, seven local veterans were awarded Quilts of Valor at the Monticello Veterans Day supper. From left are Bill Kramer, Ron Picray, Daniel Manternach, Robert Ahlrichs, Arnie Allamand, Larry “Shady” Bronemann, and Fred Eggiman.

As part of the QOV ceremony, each veteran is wrapped in the quilt and given hugs for their service. Veteran Bill Kramer receives hugs and thanks from quilt makers Kim Tauke and Pat Strait. (Photos by Kim Brooks)

Veteran Daniel Manternach marvels at his patriotic Quilt of Valor as it’s revealed to the crowd.
By: 
Kim Brooks
Express Editor

     On Veterans Day, Nov. 11, seven local veterans received Quilts of Valor courtesy of Kim and Pat Tauke.

     The quilts were presented during the annual Veterans Day soup supper in Monticello.

     Kim shared the history of the QOV organization, noting to date, over 230,000 quilts have been awarded to veterans nationwide.

     QOV began in 2003 in the state of Delaware, thanks to Catherine Roberts. Her son, Nat, was deployed in Iraq. Roberts dreamed of a solider, sitting on his bed, in a feeling of utter despair. Then she had the idea to make quilts for veterans, symbolizing healing.

     QOV are not charity quilts. They are awarded to veterans, not handed out. The message behind the quilts says, “Thank you for your service, sacrifice, and valor in serving our nation.”

     The first QOV was awarded in 2003 at Walter Reed Army Medical Center to a young soldier who lost his leg in Iraq.

     The mission is to “to cover all those service members and veterans touched by war with comfort and healing.”

     Each quilt awarded to a veteran contains the veteran’s name, branch, years of service, photos, and information about their time in the service.

     Those receiving QOV were:

Bill Kramer, Jr.

     Kramer enlisted in the U.S. Army, and completed his basic training at Ft. Riley Kansas at the end of 1960. He was honorably discharged in September 1963.

     For five to six months, Kramer served at Arlington Heights Nike Missile Base. After that, he was sent to Fort Hood Texas.

     From July through September 1962, he was deployed to Korea at Camp Kaiser, located near the DMZ (demilitarized zone). His duties consisted of squad leader, security for the ammo bunkers, and helped train dogs.

Ron Picray

     Picray served in the U.S. Army from April 1968 through January 1970.

     He completed his basic training at AIT (Advanced Individual Training) at Fort Bliss Texas.

     Picray was then stationed at Fort Davis Canal Zone in Panama with the 4th Battalion 517th Artillery. His duties consisted of guarding the Canal to watch for Russians, and guarding the tank at all times.

Robert Ahlrichs

     Ahlrichs entered the U.S. Army in March 1961, and was honorably discharged in March 1964 at the rank of SP4.

     He completed basic training at Fort Riley Kansas. Ahlrichs then continued his training at Aberdeen Proving Ground in Maryland. He went to school to repair and recover all types of vehicles.

     In January 1963, Ahlrichs was deployed to Kaiserslautern Army Base in Germany. He spent two years there.

Daniel Manternach

     Manternach enlisted in the U.S. Air Force in January 1960, and was honorably discharged in October 1964.

     He completed basic training at Lockland AFB Texas.

     From August 1960 through November 1962, Manternach was stationed in Michigan at Selfridge AFB as a mechanic with the launch crews and tanker ground crews.

     In December 1962, he spent 13 months stationed at Osan Air Base in Korea, where he worked in Transit Aircraft Maintenance.

     He continued his work in aircraft maintenance from December 1963 through October 1964 at Homestead AFB Florida.

Arnie Allamand

     Allamand was drafted into the U.S. Army in November 1966, and was honorably discharged in November 1968 as an SP4.

     He completed basic training at Fort Bliss Texas.

     Allamand was sent to Vietnam to Cam Ranh Bay with the 7th Air Cavalry B Company 1st Platoon. He provided combat assault, jumped out of Huey helicopters, clearing the hot areas, which took anywhere from a day to several weeks.

     Allamand was wounded twice, and received two Purple Hearts.

Larry “Shady” Bronemann

     Bronemann enlisted in the U.S. Army in November 1961 and was honorably discharged in November 1964.

     He did his basic training at Fort Carson Colorado.

     Bronemann served in Vietnam from 1963-64 as a helicopter gunner with the 25th Infantry B Battery Artillery. He learned to fly a helicopter, and had enough hours that he could have received his pilot’s license if he wanted to.

Fred Eggiman

     Eggiman was drafted into the Army in October 1967 and was honorably discharged in May 1969.

     He completed basic training at Fort Bliss Texas.

     Eggiman was part of the 1st Infantry 26th Company E’s combat support group.

     From March 1968 to May 1969, he was stationed at Gwen Lloyd Base Camp in Vietnam in the middle of the Tet Offensive. He was on NDP (Night Defense Position), patrolling the area for Charlie (Viet Cong).

     Those who made the quilts include Kim Tauke, Pat Tauke, Linda Benke, Pat Strait, Sue Maloney, and Deb Jaeger.

     To request a QOV for a veteran, contact Kim Tauke at sktauke@gmail.com.

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