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Anderson Co. deputy, Marine honored with 'quilt of valor'

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Deputy Hammond with Lynda McCoy Hempel, who stitched his quilt. (Source: Anderson Co. Sheriff's Office) Deputy Hammond with Lynda McCoy Hempel, who stitched his quilt. (Source: Anderson Co. Sheriff's Office)
ANDERSON, SC (FOX Carolina) -

A group trying to honor every man and woman who has served the country recently surprised an Anderson County deputy and Marine with a "quilt of valor."

The Prickly Fingers Quilt Guild surprised Deputy David Allen Hammond with his quilt on June 26 after he was nominated by a friend from his time with the Anderson Police Department.

"I'm speechless," Hammond said. "I'm just a humble guy. It's an honor to be recognized."

Hammond served from 1980 to 84 with the U.S. Marine Corps where he was stationed at the Donaldson Center as a field ammo supply specialist and a field radio operator for some time before serving in law enforcement.

The guild tries to sew a quilt a week and have presented 20 others with "quilts of valor" in recent months.

As part of his honor, Hammond's name will be displayed on the Quilts of Valor National Registry. More than 100,000 quilts have been presented to military veterans, service men and women.

The guild accepts donations and volunteer quilters to keep up with their weekly projects. The guild's number is 864-940-1903 and the national registry is online at www.qovf.org.

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