Susanville resident John A. Schaap was recently honored for his service in the United States Marine Corps and specifically for his tour of duty in Vietnam with the presentation of a ‘Quilt of Valor’ and a Proclamation praising his efforts.
Shel Merchant, District 19 Commander of the Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States of America made the presentation.
Schaap joined the United States Marine Corps October 8th, 1964 at 17 years of age. He spent his 18th birthday on Monkey Mountain in Vietnam just prior to a combat mission and is one of many young combat troops who served his country proudly in what was considered an unpopular conflict.
It was never referred to as a war, as the United States Congress never declared war against Vietnam, but thousands of troops lost their lives and those who survived returned home to a less than welcome homecoming.
A pocket in the corner of the quilt presented to Schaap has an American flag within the embroidered outspread wings of an eagle with the inscription “Thank You. God Bless You & God Bless America.”
The pocket holds a thank you card which says, “This Quilt of Valor was made especially for you in appreciation for your service to our country. With heroes such as yourself, America will continue to be the best in the world.”
“We salute you for your efforts and hope this quilt brings you comfort whenever you need it. Our hearts and prayers are with you.”
The Quilts of Valor Token of Appreciation Project originated on the east coast in 2003. The project is dedicated to awarding combat troops who have been touched or wounded by war.