World War II veteran receives Quilt of Valor

CICSO, Texas (KRBC) - A World War II veteran, who is approaching his 95th birthday and 75th wedding anniversary, was honored Sunday afternoon for his service to our country.

On December 16th, 1942, a group of 165 men strong, known as Battery A, 487th Anti-Aircraft Artillery Automatic Weapons Battalion, had formed during the war.

One of the members of the group, which was stationed in the Islands on the Pacific, is now being honored for his service to his country in Cisco.

Veteran Malcom Bales was honored with a Quilt of Valor at the Cisco Nursing and Rehabilitation center.

Bales was called into duty at 20 years of age and newly wed to his wife.

"In the time when our country needed it's men to go into battle, Malcom Bales joined the United States army," said Mary Hagle, a retired member of Aspermont ISD who presented Bales with the quilt.

"He served for two full years on islands that his family didn't get to see him," said Hagle. "He shared with us that his daughter was over two before he got to meet her because she was not here when he got deployed and she had her second birthday by the time he came home, so it's amazing."

Bales had many battles of his own, including a fight with malaria while serving during the war. Now, Bales is comfortably surrounded by his wife and family in Cisco as he is honored for all he gave to this country.

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