Sunday afternoon, the family of Carl Driftmyer, 86, of Portage Township surprised him with a very special honor at the Liberty Air Museum. Army Private Driftmyer, a veteran of the Korean War who served 10 months driving tanks on the front lines, was presented with a Quilt of Valor by Kathy Pettry of North Ridgeville.
He was totally surprised by his special honor, noting that since he returned home in the early 1950s, "I never got thanks for anything!" Driftmyer was wounded in action, receiving the Purple Heart, along with a number of other medals from his time in the military.
Over 10,000 handmade Quilts of Valor have been presented to worthy veterans over the years. Kathy Pettry and her husband Tim have presented over 30 of them this year alone.