Richard Parsons shows off his Quilt of Valor awarded to him in April by the Central Iowa Quilt Sew-ciety at the Iowa Veterans Home in Marshalltown. He is shown with his extended family who attended the ceremony.
Richard Parsons is a native of Cedar Rapids and a Vietnam veteran who currently lives at the Iowa Veterans Home. He served in the U.S. Army's 25th Infantry Division during the war and was a sargeant in an artillery battalion. He was coordinating artillery fire from an armored personnel carrier during a fire fight and was wounded in the knee when an enemy grenade exploded next to him. Disregarding his wound and refusing treatment, he continued directing artillery fire into enemy positions which successfully ended the battle. Richard was awarded the Purple Heart medal with oak leaf cluster since he was wounded twice during his tour. He was also awarded the Bronze Star medal with "V" device for valor. Gloria DeBower, Rosanne Anderson, Leslie Renaud and Marvis Drew of The Central Iowa Quilt Sew-ciety presented the quilt to Richard. Each quilt is uniquely designed and hand made for each veteran. No two quilts are the same. They are awarded to selected Iowa veterans along with a certificate to honor their service and sacrifice for our country. The family wants to thank all of those involved in the Richard's special day for their attendance and contributions.
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