‘Quilts of Valor’ Recipient, Conrad C. Menlenbacher III
The Quilts of Valor Foundation honors veterans with the comfort and healing warmth of a quilt, hand-made especially for that individual and with their service and sacrifice in mind. These quilts are an expression of gratitude meant to thank, honor, and comfort a veteran for leaving all they hold dear to serve their country with valor.
The Foundation began in 2003 when a quilter named Catherine Roberts, whose son, Nat, was deployed in Iraq, dreamed of a young soldier hunched over, sitting on the edge of his bed in an attitude of despair. In her dream, she then saw him wrapped in a quilt, his demeanor changed to one of hope and well-being. Mrs. Roberts felt strongly that the quilt in her dream symbolized healing, thus “Quilts = Healing” became the motto for the Quilts of Valor Foundation. The full story of the Quilts of Valor Foundation is available online at https://www.qovf.org. Since its beginning, over 217,430 quilts, made by many loving hands, have been awarded.
On Tuesday, May 21,2019, on behalf of the Quilts of Valor Foundation and Hearth and Home Valor Gals of McMinnville, Tennessee, Conrad Cyril Mehlenbacher III was presented with a Quilt of Valor by his daughter, Mary Charlotte Mehlenbacher Hall. Mrs. Hall, a member of the Robert Cooke Chapter, U.S. Daughters of the American Revolution, and the Col. Thomas Hart Benton Chapter, U.S. Daughters of 1812, was especially proud to make the presentation saying, “After decades of working through patriotic organizations to ensure that those who fought for this country are remembered and honored, I am so proud to honor “my own Hero” in such a meaningful way.” She also presented her father with a framed record of his service, as follows:
Tech. Sergeant Conrad Mehlenbacher III served in the U. S. Army Air Corps, ‘Mighty 8th’, 487th Bomb Group/836th Bomb Squad from January 1943 to September 1945, flying 31 bombing missions over enemy territory: Air Offensive Europe; Normandy; Northern France; Rhineland; Central Europe; Ardennes. He received the Air Medal with four Oak Leaf Clusters, the European-African-Middle Eastern Theater Ribbon with six Bronze Stars, along with the Good Conduct Medal.
He also served as Flight Engineer Instructor with the 3516th Training Squadron stationed at Randolph Field, Texas, during the Korean Conflict, and later as Crew Chief with the TN. Air National Guard.
Mr. Mehlenbacher, originally from Dansville, New York, has been a resident of the Farmington community in Marshall County since 1965.