Special quilts made by the loving hands of members of the Gridley Monday Quilters were presented to seven veterans Saturday at the Veterans Musical Tribute held at Memorial Hall.
The description explaining the Quilts of Valor on the program read: "Blue Star mom Catherine Roberts began the Quilts of Valor Foundation (QOVF) from her sewing room in Seaford, Delaware. Her son Nathaniel's year-long deployment to Iraq provided the initial inspiration and her desire to see that returning warriors were welcomed home with the love and gratitude they deserved. Since 2003, QOVF has become a national grassroots community service effort, connecting the home-front with our warriors and veterans. Quilts are awarded at many levels - military hospitals, entire service units, or individually. As one recipient said, 'My quilt isn't another military medal to be placed in a box and sit on my shelf. I was moved to tears.' As of this month, there have been 171,070 quilts awarded."
The Gridley Monday Quilters have members not only from Gridley, but also from Biggs, Oroville, Chico and Yuba City.
This was the fourth year the ladies have presented Quilts of Valor at the annual Veterans Musical Tribute, with usually six veterans receiving the thoughtful gift.
Jim Taylor was the first recipient, having served in the Navy on board the USS James Kyes during the Vietnam War from 1966 to 1969. He earned two Armed Services Defense Medals, Expeditionary Medal, Vietnam Service Medal, four Vietnam Campaign Medals and a Combat Action Ribbon. He also served in the reserves from 1974 to 1995.
Tyrell Ford served in the US Marines where he attained the rank of Lance Corporal. He served two tours in Iraq from 2007-2009. He was awarded the Iraq Campaign Medal and the War on Terrorism Medal.
Justin Sannar served in the US Army. In 2003 (two weeks after the birth of his first child), he was deployed to Iraq to serve in Operation Iraq Freedom. He came home to be discharged but was called back to Iraq for the second time.
Ray Bull served in the US Army during the Vietnam War. He was a paratrooper in the 173rd Airborne Brigade from July 1967 to June 1968. He was a Sergeant, commanding a 12 man rifle squad. He is the recipient of two Bronze stars and a Purple Heart.
Ray is currently the Commander of Post 948 in Marysville and n September the recipient of the National All American Post Commander Award and the All State Post Commander Award.
This was the first time the quilters were able to present quilts to a father and son. Randolph E. Schnabel (the father) is a retired Command in the US Navy. He served from 1964-1986. He was deployed on a destroyer in Vietnam.
He was awarded the Navy Commendation Medal, Navy Achievement (two awards, one with combat 'V') combat Action Medal, Vietnam Service Medal, Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal and the Silver Star which means he was in the combat zone on five different occasions.
His son, Christopher Schnabel is a retired Commander in the US Navy. He served from 1991 to 2012 as a Naval Aviator flying all models of F/A 18's and F 16's. He was deployed to the Persian Gulf from 1995 to 1998, two different six month cruises on the USS Nimitz. He received two Meritorious Service Medals, two Strike/Flight Medals, two Navy Commendation Medals and two Navy Achievement Medals. "He is a pilot for American Airlines and he is flying this weekend, presenter Delaina Watson stated. His mother accepted the quilt on his behalf.