Senior Commons takes pride in being a residence for many inspiring people. Multitudes of former doctors, teachers, businessmen, and veterans (to name a few) line the halls.
One veteran in particular, Philip Bentzel, was recognized in early March for his military service by receiving a Quilt of Valor from a friend.
“It was overwhelming,” Bentzel said. “It brought tears to my eyes.”
Bentzel’s quilt has many handcrafted patches honoring his career. Currently residing in the apartments with his wife Gladys, Bentzel joined the Marine Corps in 1942 at the age of 22. Stationed on the U.S.S. Bland, his service included stints in Okinawa, Japan, and Guam.
He stressed the fact that he enlisted and wasn’t drafted.
“I’m very proud to be a Marine,” Bentzel said. “It was strict, but thorough training.”
Following his military retirement in 1946, Bentzel pursued a career as a machinist and toolmaker, spending 16 years working for Caterpillar.
Thank you to Mr. Bentzel and all vets at Senior Commons for the sacrifices made to defend our country.
Founded in 2003, QOV members have created more than 80,000 quilts free of charge. The foundation was originally started by Catherine Roberts, formerly of Seaford, Del., who had a son being deployed to Iraq as a gunner for his Humvee.
For more information about Quilts of Valor, or to send in a quilt request, go to www.qovf.org.