Mattison honored at Purple Heart dinner
The Military Order of the Purple Heart, Chapter 826, held their third annual holiday dinner at Charlie’s Italian Restaurant in early December. Twenty-six members and guests gathered for fellowship on Dec. 6, the eve of Pearl Harbor remembrance day.
As the evening began, we honored our 96-year-old combat wounded veteran, Dr. Will Mattison. He was presented with a Quilt of Valor in a ceremony led by Linda and Jim Gorman of Blairsville.
Also in attendance were three of the ladies who made the quilt — Kathy Beals, Jo Hensley and Cathy Pilvinsky represented the “Women in Stitches” sewing group from the Cartecay United Methodist Church. Sally Adams, Patt Bryant and Debi Vincent also contributed their sewing talents but were unable to attend the dinner.
After dinner, U.S. Army Col. Joshua Wright, who serves as the professor of military science at the University of North Georgia, spoke to the gathering about some of the challenges facing our Army as they continue to seek highly-qualified men and women to become the leaders of tomorrow. Col. Wright was accompanied by Sgt. Major Vaughn Overton. Also in attendance was our state commander, Walter Swenson, a combat wounded Air Force veteran.
“Will Mattison is a role model for every one of us,” said Mike Pilvinsky, commander of Chapter 826. “We were the ones who were honored tonight. Just to be in his presence is awe inspiring.”