Local war veteran given Quilt of Valor to thank him for his service

Jerry Mathews, Quilt of Valor

PASCO, Wash. — A local war veteran received a special gift to thank him for his service.

At the Pasco Aviation Museum, Jerry Mathews was presented with the Quilt of Valor for his service in WWII and the Korean War. The foundation recognizes soldiers from all wars. Mathews enlisted in the Navy in 1944. He trained to become a combat crewman.

Mathews was an aviation ordnance crew member. Later, he joined the active Naval Reserve. He was recalled to active duty in 1950 when North Korea invaded South Korea. In 1951, Mathews was honorably discharged from the Navy, earning the rank of NACAD.

The Quilt of Valor Foundation is a non-profit organization where thousands of men and women across the United States make and present quilts to veterans in honor of their service.

Their mission is to wrap every serviceman and woman touched by war in a homemade quilt as an expression of their gratitude.

Since the start of the foundation, quilters have made more than 240,000 for veterans and active-duty members.