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Vietnam veteran sheds tears at surprise ceremony honoring his heroism

A Vietnam veteran and two-time Purple Heart recipient arrived at Middle Tennessee State University Monday for what he thought was a presentation. 

Upon arrival, Terry Oxford was surprised to find out that he was there to be honored for his heroism. 

Oxford was presented with a Quilt of Valor by MTSU Charlie and Hazel Daniels Veterans and Military Family Center officials. 

Oxford was also presented a walking stick painted with ribbons symbolizing his purple hearts, a Green Beret patch and ribbons for his Vietnam service. 

The quilt is intended to cover war veterans with comfort and healing for their sacrifice and valor. “They are stitched with love, prayers and healing thoughts,” said Jill Shaver, who collaborated on the quilt with Maggie Klenke. 

Oxford told the presenters, led by Keith Huber, the MTSU senior advisor for veterans and leadership initiatives, "He did not know about these [quilts]."

 “This is such a fantastic thing to do," Oxford said after learning the meaning behind the quilt.  “A lot of veterans — especially Vietnam veterans — got no recognition. What they’re doing here is admirable.”

“And this gentleman [pointing to Huber] is a driver [for the center]. The quilt’s a great gift.”

Huber also asked Oxford if he could present him a silver commemorative “Challenge Coin” and told the veteran, “I’m you action officer.”


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