About the Quilts of Valor Foundation

Her son’s deployment to Iraq was the inspiration for Catherine Roberts of Seaford, Delaware to see that all veterans and/or returning warriors touched by war were given the love and gratitude they deserved. Thus the Quilts of Valor Foundation began in 2003 with its mission: “To cover service members and veterans touched by war with comforting and healing Quilts of Valor.” Quilts are awarded at many different levels; but no matter how or where a Quilt of Valor is given, it has been stitched with love, prayers and healing thoughts. Quilts of Valor are tangible tokens of appreciation that unequivocally say, “Thank you for your service, sacrifice and valor.”

Our local organization is made up of quilters from all over Mobile and Baldwin counties. Six ladies from the Azalea City Quilters’ Guild helped us with the two quilts to be awarded. Anyone can help with this effort. Over 100 quilts have been awarded locally since last August and over 106,509 quilts have been awarded nationwide. For more information go to www.qovf.org or locally Bonnie Johnson can help you become involved in this effort.

Joseph V. Miller

Joseph V. Miller was born in Des Moines, Iowa.  He attended Johnston High School and Drake University in Des Moines.  He entered the United States Marine Corps in 1954 and attended Basic Training at the Marine Corps Recruit Depot in San Diego, California. Since its inception over one million recruits have been trained there. 

Joseph’s first duty station as a Private was at Mt. Fuji, Japan.  His MOS (Military Occupational Specialty), during four years of service from 1954 to 1958 during the Vietnam War, was:  2 years Infantry and 2 years Battalion Intelligence. He was awarded the Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Medal and received a Meritorious Promotion to Sergeant. 

After his years of service, Joseph’s civilian employment was that of Accountant.  He has been active in the Master Gardener program as a telephone responder to questions from the public and tilling garden spots for the elderly and has volunteered with Meals on Wheels. He is a member of Christ United Methodist Church and his hobbies are Gardening and Handyman.  He is married to Ica Rose and they have two children Steven and Peggy and 3 grandchildren – all girls!

Kenneth D. Buurma

Kenneth was born in Oakland, California.  He attended Princess Anne High School in Virginia Beach, Virginia, the University of South Carolina and the University of South Alabama.  He joined the United States Army and did his Basic Training at the United States Army Basic Combat Training Base, Fort Jackson, in Columbia, South Carolina.  After Basic Training, Kenneth was assigned to the Army Security Agency.  His first duty station was Kuma Station, Chitose, Japan on the Island of Hokkaido.  The Army Security Agency was responsible for intelligence gathering and security of Army communications.  This position required a top security clearance.

During his Japan tour, Kenneth volunteered for Officer Candidate School and was assigned to Fort Benning, GA.  He graduated April, 1967 with a Reserve Commission and promotion to Second Lieutenant.  After a brief training assignment, Kenneth was sent to Viet Nam, Phan Rang Province as the Assistant Sector Intelligence Advisor with the Military Assistance Command Viet Nam (MACV).  His duties included gathering intelligence on the Viet Cong and North Vietnamese enemy activity within his Province.  During this tour he was promoted to First Lieutenant.  Upon completion of his tour in Viet Nam, Kenneth was assigned as the Assistant S-2 (Intelligence Officer), Post Headquarter, Fort Jackson, South Carolina, where he was promoted to Captain.  Kenneth ended his Army duty September 1970.

Kenneth was awarded the National Defense Service Medal, Good Conduct Medal, Vietnam Service Medal, Vietnam Campaign Medal, Combat Infantryman’s Badge, a Bronze Star Medal and an Air Medal given for meritorious service in a combat zone.  Kenneth ended his 6 years of service as an Army Captain.

Returning to civilian life he worked as Manager of Truck Leasing and Services for Ryder Truck Rental and Idealease Corporation.  Kenneth’s hobbies are:  being a private pilot, golf, bike riding and International travel.  His family includes his wife of 50 years, Gail Ward Buurma, daughter Charlene Dowding, her husband Steve and grandchildren Sydney, Peyton and Jackson.  He has been a member of Christ United Methodist Church since 1986

Bruce “Scott” Mc Irvin

Bruce “Scott” McIrvin was born in Pensacola, Florida.  He attended Munson High School in Munson, Florida. Scott entered the United States Marine Corps and did his basic training at Marine Corps Recruit Depot, Parris Island, South Carolina.  Private Mc Irvin’s first duty station was Camp Lejeune, North Carolina, which is known for advanced training in artillery and expeditionary units.

Scott’s MOS’s included Anti-Tank Assaultman, Military Policeman, Unit Diary Clerk, Personnel Administrative Chief, and Recruiter. During the Vietnam War he was stationed in Da Nang.  He was stationed in Saudi Arabia during Desert Shield/Desert Storm.  Scott was awarded the Navy Achievement Award with Star, 7 Good Conduct Medals, 2 National Defense Service Medals, 4 Vietnam Service Medals, 3 Southeast Asia Service Medals, Vietnam Cross of Gallantry, Republic of Vietnam Meritorious Unit Commendation Color First Class, and Vietnamese Campaign Medal.  After serving 22 years in the service of his country, Scott mustered out as a Gunnery Sergeant.

In civilian life he worked for 20 plus years as a commercial truck driver.  Scott’s hobbies are:  Certified Golf Teaching Professional, Guitar Player, Drawing and Painting.  His family includes his wife, Denise, a daughter, Jennifer, a son, Scott, a grandson, Reiss in North Carolina and stepson, Brian.   Scott is a member of Christ United Methodist Church since relocating from Florida in 2014.