Terry Seeley, of Prairie du Chien, was awarded a Quilt of Valor at the Corner Shoppe in Garnavillo, Iowa, recently. The quilt, made by Wendy Kuhse, was presented to Seeley by Wendy and her husband, Lanny, in a ceremony attended by a few close friends and family members on Aug. 2.
Seeley, who enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps in 1966, was a member of the 1st Battalion, 9th Marine Division, and earned the rank of Corporal (E4). He spent four months in the Republic of Vietnam, where he was wounded twice in Khe-Sanh and, as a result, earned two Purple Hearts. He recovered at a Japanese hospital and was subsequently moved to Great Lakes Naval Hospital in Illinois.
Ninety-five percent of the battalion (named The Walking Dead) in which Seeley served were either killed or went missing in action. He was one of the 5 percent who lived to tell about his war experience.
Seeley received an honorable discharge on April 24, 1972.