LIMA — Miles Hefner served in the Army Air Corps during World War II. The Lima area man was honored Sunday with a quilt from the Quilts of Valor Foundation.
Hefner, 98, was a welder for the 339th Fighter Bomber Group in the Army Air Corps.
His service was cut short due to a bad ear infection, and he was never deployed overseas.
“He actually was unconscious for a couple of days and then he was medically discharged. He’s very, very proud of that what he did and we are too,” said Shannon Mellano, Hefner’s grand-daughter.
Mellano nominated Hefner to receive a Quilt of Valor.
He received the quilt Sunday during a ceremony with his family gathered in his living room — including his wife, who is 94 years old. The couple just celebrated their 76th wedding anniversary.
“As of August 1, the Quilts of Valor Foundation has awarded 254,122 quilts throughout the country. That’s what we’re here to do today. We’re here to award you your Quilt of Valor as a way of saying thank you for your service to our country,” said Jill Bothe, group leader with the Quilts of Valor Foundation. “We consider it a privilege to honor you. Though we may never know the extent of your sacrifice and service to protect and defend the United States of America as an expression of gratitude, we award you this Quilt of Valor.”
“I think it’s great. I can’t believe that I’m getting honored,” said Hefner as he wrapped himself in the quilt and family members looked on.
Bothe actually helped sew the quilt that Hefner received.
“Truthfully, I don’t remember how I heard originally about Quilts of Valor. I just know that I like to sew and quilt and I never really did anything to recognize my dad or my uncle’s contributions to the war in World War II and so this is just my way of thanking not only the people that are here now but the men in my family who served our country,” Bothe said.
Bothe, who is from Port Clinton, also presented Ralph Wood, of Wapakoneta, a Quilt of Valor in a ceremony later Sunday afternoon in Wapakoneta.
Wood served in the Vietnam War and in Operation Desert Storm.
If you know a veteran you would like to honor with a quilt, visit www.qovf.org.
Reach Sam Shriver at 567-242-0409.