Born and raised in McCloud, World War II Army Air Corps Veteran Jerry Holmquist was honored Saturday night at the American Legion Cheula Post 92.
Holmquist, age 91, said he served as a radio radar operator on the 50ERS Emergency Rescue. He was presented with an honorary quilt and was saluted while surrounded by fellow veterans, family and friends.
He said he had stood in the same spot with fellow veteran Raymond Hitchcock (who was also present) when the building that is now the Legion post was the high school, and they were both recognized for their sports achievements 75 years ago.
Hitchcock, who served in the Army 19th Infantry during WWII, was one of the veterans there to honor Holmquist Saturday night. Also there were Vietnam veterans Rod Ives (Army), George Steel (Air Force), Alan Quinn (Marine Corps artillery), and Legion Commander Jim Langrum (Army MP).
Holmquist’s daughter Jean and son-in-law Bill Cochrun also attended.
It was the seventh quilt awarded to a McCloud veteran. Quilter Kenna Edwards was unable to attend.
The Legion hosted an informal dinner after the ceremony.