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Korean War Veteran given Quilt of HonorSubmitted: 06/24/2018

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HAMBURG -

Robert Sessions had no idea what was happening.

 "My understanding was that he thought he was coming to his grandson's confirmation," said VFW Post 1638 president Alicia Weix.

Instead, Sessions arrived at VFW Post 1023in Hamburg on Sunday to find people gathered together for a different reason: to honor his service with a custom-designed quilt.

"I never found out until I walked through the door today," Robert Sessions said. "It was such a shock I didn't know what to do."



Community members gave Sessions the quilt to honor his service in the Korean War, specifically at the Battle of the Chosin Reservoir, where temperatures reached negative thirty-five degrees. 

"He had no shoes on, and his feet were split wide open they were so cold," said Michael Sessions, Robert's son.

Robert sat wrapped in his quilt as family members took turns thanking him, even reading poems on behalf of his children and grandchildren, who were thankful that Robert was there at all.

"Three or four years ago, he had a bunch of strokes," Michael Sessions said. "We didn't know if he was going to even make it. And he's here. So we're happy about that. That's the main thing."

On this summer day, a grateful community made sure Robert Sessions would never go cold again.

"I never expected to have something like this happen," Robert Sessions said.

Donations to the Quilt of Honor organization can be made via checks made out to VFW Post 1638 Auxiliary/Quilt of Honor. Their mailing address is 205 North Cleveland Street, Merrill, WI, 54452



Story By: Andrew Goldstein

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