McLamb receives Quilt of Valor from Thomson quilt guild
By Caitlin Boland

Sue Chagnon and Marcia Nichols wrap a Quilt of Valor around Leon McLamb.
A local quilting guild honored Leon McLamb with a Quilt of Valor on Nov. 29 to thank him for his service to the United States.
The quilt is the highest honor a civilian can bestow upon a veteran.
The Old Sews and Sews Quilt Guild of Thomson, which does charity work for Mt. Pleasant Alternative Care in Thomson as well as other nonprofits and creates Quilts of Valor, gifted McLamb a quilt honoring his 24-year career in the military.
McLamb was born in North Carolina, moved to Kentucky with his mom and then returned to North Carolina and graduated from Meadow High School in Benson, North Carolina. After graduation, McLamb joined the Army, completing basic training at Ft. Bragg. He then was stationed at Ft. Eustis, Virginia, as a boatsman.
With 11 months left on his contract, McLamb received orders to go to Vietnam, completing his tour in November 1968. He left the Army to pursue a degree in electronics engineering, graduating in 1972. However, when searching for a job with a newborn baby, McLamd decided to re-enlist in the Army, completing basic training at Ft. Jackson, South Carolina.
During his second stint in the Army, McLamd was stationed at Ft. Bliss, Texas; Homestead, Florida; Ft. Gordon, Georgia; and Korea.
McLamb said one of the longest steps hes ever taken was when he stepped across the DMZ line into North Korea to install cable.
When McLamb returned from Korea, he was again stationed in Homestead, Florida, then Bremerhaven, Germany, where he was the training NCO (non-commissioned officer) for the 39th Signal Battalion for three years. He then moved to Washington, D.C., to work at the Military Personnel Center as a career field management NCO for four years.
His final assignment was at Ft. Gordon to the Office Chief of Signal until he retired in 1992. His service awards include: Meritorious Service Medal, Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Vietnam Service Medal, Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal and Republic of Vietnam Gallantry Cross.
After retirement, McLamb owned a dry cleaning business for 10 years, and for the past several years, he has been a member of the Patriot Guard Riders, completing hundreds of missions and serving as a ride captain for the Augusta area. He is also a lifetime member of the American Legion.
According to the Patriot Guard Riders website, the organization is a 100 percent volunteer 501 (c)(3) nonprofit that "ensures dignity and respect at memorial services honoring fallen military heroes, first responders and honorably discharged veterans."
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