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Quilt of Valor presentation
new slt veterans-quilt
Pictured from left: Darren Williams, Roy Titsworth, Amy Schartz Mellor, David Brabander, Margaret Evers and Bob Jarmer. - photo by COURTESY PHOTO

United States Navy Vietnam veteran David Brabander was awarded a Quilt of Valor on Nov. 11, 2017, at the Golden Belt Memorial Park Veterans Memorial. The Quilt top was made by Margaret Evers; quilting by Group Leader Amy Schartz Mellor. Brabander served from January 1969 to January 1973 aboard the Juneau LPD 10 as a machinists mate 2 (MM2). His ship transported tanks and troops back and forth to Vietnam. After active duty, he served in the Navy Reserve from July 1978 to July 1987.