Local veteran receives Quilt of Valor for service
By Caitlin Boland

The McDuffie Progress/Caitlin Boland Cynthia Fuller, Kathleen Clark and Sandy Yarbrough stand with Ronald Cranford and his Quilt of Valor.
The Quilts of Valor (QOV) organization gifted retired Cpl. Ronald Cranford with a quilt on May 4.
Cranford served in Vietnam with the 7th Marines Echo 2-7. While in Vietnam, Cranford served in the combat infantry and was shot through the right shoulder after his company was ambushed in the jungle.
“I was taking wounded men to the helicopter and a sniper picked me off on the way back,” Cranford said.
After being injured, Cranford came back to Parris Island and taught shooting classes and then joined the rifle team and won several awards.
For his service, Quilts of Valor created a quilt for Cranford to have for the rest of his life.
The organization began in 2003 after Catherine Roberts had a dream. Her son was stationed in Iraq, and she had a dream one night where she saw a soldier sitting on his bunk alone, dealing with war. The next scene was the soldier being comforted by a quilt. Cranford’s quilt was made in McDuffie County by a group led by Kathleen Clark.
“This is the highest honor a civilian can give a soldier,” said Sandy Yarbrough, Georgia coordinator for Quilts of Valor.
Cranford said receiving the quilt is a huge honor.
“It’s the most I’ve been really appreciated since coming back from Vietnam,” he said. “Even though I got a Purple Heart, this means more to me.”
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