By Andi Bourne

Seeley Lake veteran honored with Quilt of Valor


September 1, 2022

Andi Bourne, Pathfinder

Deborah Tomell, Western Montana Quilt of Valor Coordinator, presenting Veteran John Manz with a Quilt of Valor. It reads "Home of the Free, Because of the Brave." QOV members Sandy Eisinger, of Seeley Lake, pieced the quilt and it was quilted by Michelle Baker of Missoula.

SEELEY LAKE – Retired Marine Corps Naval Aviator Captain and Seeley Lake resident John Manz received a Quilt of Valor (QOV) Aug. 24 from the QOV Foundation. He is among more than 325,000 veterans across the United States who have been recognized for their service and dedication to their country. His son Tom, a retired 23-year career Army Officer, will also receive a QOV.

"It was a surprise," Manz said. "It takes you back a lot of years. It really humbles you."

After receiving the QOV, Manz shared a story about how the life of one of his fellow marines came full circle following a speech h...

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