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Pele Waddilove receives Quilt of Valor

Pele Waddilove receives Quilt of Valor

Pele Waddilove is pictured (center, in blue sweater) at the Quilts of Valor award ceremony.

Congratulations to Pele Waddilove, Marshalltown Community College Health Occupations Office Assistant, who was awarded a Quilt of Valor in recognition of her military service at a ceremony on Nov. 9. The event was hosted by members of Central Iowa Quilt Sew-ciety. A total of 16 quilts were awarded to veterans who served from World War II through present-day conflicts.

The mission of the Quilts of Valor Foundation is to honor service members and veterans who have been touched by war with a quilt of valor, which represents one human being reaching out and touching another, without judgment, but with acceptance and with an acknowledgment of service from a grateful nation. Pele’s quilt was constructed by various members of the Guild with materials purchased through donations from many local community members and businesses.

The following was read as Pele received her quilt:

Pele S. Waddilove

Pele served in the United States Army – Women’s Army Corps from January 1974 to June 1976.  Her MOS was 71B, Clerk Typist, and she was responsible for processing casualty reports for active duty military personnel, their dependents, and high-ranking civilian employees attached to the military. She had daily contact with the Department of the Army in regard to casualty reports that involved the notification of next of kin in the U.S. She also assisted survivors of POWs/MIAs when they visited Germany.

Pele received the National Defense Service Medal, Army Commendation Medal, and the Good Conduct Medal. She earned her Specialist 4 (SP4) stripes before she left the service. She was a former member of the American Legion many years ago, and is a current member of the Women in Military Service Organization.

Upon her arrival in Germany, Pele was stationed at Campbell Barracks in Heidelberg, Germany, headquarters of the U.S. Army in Europe. She lived in Patton Barracks until the whole division of military personnel moved to Schwetzingen, Germany. While in Germany, she was able to visit other military bases and other countries in Europe – such as France and England. Her daughter was born in Heidelberg. Since Pele joined the Army from Pago Pago, American Samoa (U.S. territory in the South Pacific), she had never seen “snow” until she was stationed in Germany. She says it was a very memorable and exhilarating experience for her … one that she will never forget!

After service, Pele was a military dependent wife. They were stationed in Ft. Carson, Colorado; then went back to Germany and were stationed in Neu Ulm. After that, they were stationed in Ft. Jackson, South Carolina, before coming to Marshalltown in 1984.  Pele has been employed at Marshalltown Community College since 1985. While at MCC, she coordinated the first Veterans Day Ceremony on campus in November 2005.  In the summer of 2014, she organized a student veterans group on campus, which also includes active duty personnel (National Guard) and their families. As part of the group, she coordinated the collection of items for the Care Packages for soldiers in Camp Arifjan in Kuwait in fall 2014 and spring 2016. She has volunteered at the House of Compassion once a month since 1997.

Pele has two children, Angelica Vannatta and Jerry Waddilove, and four grandchildren (2 boys and 2 girls). She loves all sports, especially Iowa Hawkeye football!

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