I am most grateful for the beautiful quilt, which you and the Susanna Randolph Chapter of the DAR have awarded me for my service in World War II. The beauty lies not only in the work of skilled artisans Ruth Angel Miller and Mary Lou Lynn of Vandalia, Mo., but also in the lovely thoughtfulness that went into it.
When someone says to me “Thank you for your service,” I jokingly reply, “Don’t thank me. Thank my draft board.” It is easy to forget that everyone did their bit in WWII. If not in the military, then on the farm or in the schoolhouse or in the factory or wherever they were needed.
I thank you then for my generation—including my wife, ne’ Staff Sgt/ Verda Mae Goodman. She grew up in rural Missouri and pieced quilts as a child from leftover scraps of material. She is pleased that in recent years quilts have been recognized as a true folk art and are now frequently exhibited in art museums.
Sgt. U.S. Marine Corps, 1943-1947