Donald (Don) R. Calfee, a longtime resident of Southern Pines, was awarded a Quilt of Valor recently at a Calfee family reunion held in Florida.

Calfee is the retired general partner of the Sheraton Inn/Holiday Inn in Southern Pines. He was awarded the quilt for his service during the Vietnam War.

Navy Lt. (j.g.) Donald Robert Calfee served as a communications officer aboard the aircraft carrier USS Bennington from 1964–1967. As communications officer he was often flown off the carrier a distance of several hundred miles to send sensitive communications to avoid giving away the location of the ship in the Gulf of Tonkin. He described being flown off a carrier in a propeller plane as an experience he will never forget.

Don’s quilt was awarded via SKYPE by Quilts of Valor Foundation representatives Sharon Ledbetter, of Clarkson, W.Va., who made the quilt; and Sandy Berg, of Lewiston, Idaho, who designed it.

The mission of the QOVF is to cover service members and veterans touched by war with comforting and healing Quilts of Valor. Over 233,000 QOVs have been awarded since the first one, in October 2003.

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