Veterans Harold Bartels receives the Quilt of Valor on Oct. 24 from the Waushara County HCE. Pictured are Grandson Gavin Leary, Air Force A1C, Great Granddaughter Finnley Lamb, Harold Bartels, and HCE Program Chairman Marilyn Holmes.

Waushara County HCE presented Quilt of Valor to Harold Bartels

The Waushara County HCE presented Veteran Harold Bartels with a Valor Quilt on Oct. 24. Harold was drafted into the US Army in 1951, during the Korean Conflict, and served as a Light Artillery Repairman until his discharge on 1953.


Harold has been a member of the American Legion Post 317 for almost 50 years. He has helped with various projects and partook in the Military Honors at funerals as part of the firing squad until recently. Over the years, Harold has been an active participant as Alderman Ward 1, Wautoma City Council, Wautoma Jaycees, Methodist Church Council, Boy Scouts of America, and the Wautoma Rotary. HCE could not have found a more-deserving individual to receive the Valor Quilt as Harold Bartels.

  The presentation of the Valor Quilt followed the very informative program by Dick Jarvis, Board of Director of the Never Forgotten Regional Hub in Wausau, about the Honor Flight program. Dick shared with the group the history of honor flights, what a day-in-the-life of a veteran taking the flight experiences, and how other Veterans can sign up to be part of an Honor Flight. Dick emphasized that The Honor Flight is appropriate for every Veteran. He explained about the training for the Volunteer Guardians and that no government money is used to fund the program.


Donations from public and private sources support this program. More information about Honor Flights can be found on the Honor Flight Network website