Posted on October 23, 2021 at 7:19 AM
The Hazleton Area of ââQuilts of Valor Chapter had the pleasure of honoring, for the first time at the same time, five local veterans.
A beautiful fall day at VFW Post 5069 in New Ringgold was the perfect backdrop to honor this group of veterans who have served their country, our country.
A bravery quilt was presented to each veteran by Marie Shulenski, group leader of the local chapter of the foundation. These quilts are made as an expression of gratitude to thank and comfort our veterans. They are honored to have left everything they care about serving, whether in times of crisis or in times of peace. He says unequivocally: âThank you for your service, your sacrifice and your courage in the service of our nation. “
Machinist Mate 3rd Class Ernie Daubenspeck was the first recipient. He served in the active reserves of the United States Navy from 1960 to 1962, then during the Cuban Missile Crisis from 1962 to 1966. He was stationed in Rhode Island and Key West, Florida. It served on the USS Protector ACR-11 while maintaining main propulsion equipment and refrigeration. He received the Cuban Missile Crisis Ribbon.
Honored CPS. 4th Class Nevin Fritz served in the United States Army from 1968 to 1969. He served with Company B 9th Support Battalion, 198th Infantry. Its location in 1969 was the 723rd Maintenance Battalion, US Division Support Command South Vietnam. While there, he was responsible for the maintenance and operator of electrical equipment. He received the National Defense Service Medal; Vietnamese Service Medal; Vietnam Combat Medal; 2 bars abroad; Army Medal of Honor in 1968 and 1969; SPS M-14 rifle badge and received the award for Vietnamese military operations against hostile forces.
Major Randall (Randy) Fritz served in the US Army / Air Force from 1978 to 2017 during the Cold War, the Persian Gulf War and Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan. His duty stations included Travis Air Force Base; Dover Air Base; Fort Bliss; Fort Belvoir; Fort Drum and Fort Indiantown Gap. His many jobs included the company commander; RN operating room; Air Defense Platoon Leader and Executive Officer. Fritz received the Afghan Service Medal and the Army Meritorious Service Medal. Fritz also noted that his 38-year career spanned seven presidents, from Jimmy Carter to Donald Trump.
Cpl. Donald Hoppes, having served in the United States Army from 1966 to 1968. Serving with CDL in Paris, France and Baumholden, Germany, Hoppes was a truck and tank mechanic.
Sgt. Eugene Schaffer patiently served in the United States Army from 1969 to 1971. He served in locations here in the United States and in Vietnam. He was a combat engineer and served as a squad leader. Schaffer worked on Highway 20 and pulled security. At the Vietnam border, he served 2 corps and 3 corps in the B 169th, 159th and 20th Combat Engineer Company. He received the Vietnam Combat Ribbon.
The quilts presented to these veterans were all pieced together, quilted and bound by Tammy Dean. This presentation was a family affair for Tammy. She is the cousin of Daubenspeck, Randall Fritz, Hoppes, Schaffer and the niece of Nevin Fritz. Tammy put her body and soul into these quilts and the appreciation and love her family had for her that day was overwhelming. Her grandmother taught her how to quilt and being able to do it for her family members was heartwarming.
The Quilts of Valor Foundation is a non-profit organization.
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From left to right, Marie Shulenski, Chapter Group Leader of the Hazleton Area of ââQuilts of Valor, Ernie Daubenspeck, Nevin Fritz, Randall Fritz, Donald Hoppes, Eugene Schaffer and Tammy Dean, quilter and family member. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO