SSGT. Michael Homcha of Douglasville was recently introduced to Quiltof Valor during a presentation at Michael’s Restaurant in Douglasville.
After graduating from Wyomissing High School in 1966, Homcha served in the US Air Force in Vietnam and was assigned to the 6994th Squadron. Their crew, with the support of ground personnel, flew on an unarmed World War II vintage EC-47 aircraft, gaining the motto “alone-unarmed-don’t be afraid.” Homcha is an aerial radio direction finder specialist who has participated in 137 combat missions and has accumulated over 1,100 hours of aerial combat flight time. He flew from Pleiku and Hoocat in Vietnam from 1969 to 1970.
Among his awards are the Legion of Merit, Distinguished Flying Cross, Airman’s Medal for Valor, Air Medal with 4 Oak Leaf Clusters, and Vietnam Cross of Gallantry.
The Quilt of Valor is a high quality handmade quilt awarded to service members who have been exposed to the war. Homcha was named by Gary Knighton, one of his brothers in uniform on the Indian Trail, North Carolina.
The quilt was created and presented to two reading residents, Fran Cerius and Patricia Buzzard.
Homcha said the presentation was very moving and, although he tried as hard as he could, he and his 46-year-old wife, Joan, couldn’t hold back their tears.
Headquartered in Winterset, Iowa, the Quilts of Valor Foundation started in 2003 with a dream. While Nat, the son of founder Catherine Roberts, was dispatched to Iraq, Roberts dreamed of seeing a young man sitting beside his bed sitting next to him in the middle of the night. The sense of penetration was one of total despairs. As if watching a movie, she saw him in the next scene wrapped in a quilt. His overall attitude changed from despair to hope and happiness. Her dream message was that the quilt was equal to healing. Since its establishment in 2003, the Foundation has awarded military personnel and women more than 230,000 quilts. Their mission is to cover war-torn and veterans with a quilt of comfort and healing courage. The basic requirement to consider is that the candidate is alive, serving in the war zone, and honorable discharge (www.qovf.org).
Douglasville Vietnam veteran Michael Homcha presented an honorary kilt
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