Korean War Veteran, Sewell Cash was honored with a surprise Quilt of Valor presentation Sunday at the Summerville Pentecostal Worship Center. “It was a total surprise for me, it was mighty nice of them to give me this beautiful quilt,” Cash told AllOnGeorgia.
Cash attended Summerville High School where he played basketball and baseball. Cash was the lead scorer on the 1950 Summerville High School State Championship Basketball team. In the final three games leading up to the State Championship game, Cash scored a staggering 63 points. Cash graduated High School in 1950 and attended Georgia Southern University on basketball and baseball scholarships. In February of 1951 Cash was drafted into the Korean War.
Cpl. Sewell Cash, served in the U. S. Army during the Korean War, serving from 1951-1953. Cash was attached to the 43rd infantry – G3 Headquarters. He was stationed in Dauchau, Germany with the G3 Headquarters in Intelligence. Cash received the Good Conduct Medal, X-pert Marksman Badge and a Combat Infantry Training Badge and many other ribbons and citations for his service.
After the Korean War Cash worked at General Electric in Rome. He served as a City Councilman for Summerville from 1/1/72-12/31/77 and was Mayor of Summerville for twenty years from 1/1/78-12/31-97.
Brenda Park, Chattooga County’s Group Leader for Quilts of Valor for and Gloria Mosley presented the quilt to Mr. Sewell Cash, a Veteran in Chattooga County on Sunday Morning at his church, the–Tabernacle.
Cpl. Cash’s family was in attendance for the surprise Quilt of Valor presentation for arranged by Mrs. Odell Anderson, Chattooga County Veterans Liaison for U.S. Senator Johnny Isakson.
Each Quilt of Valor is made of three layers and each layer has own special meaning:
- The top with its many colors, shapes and fabrics represents the communities and the many individuals we are.
- The batting, the filler, is the center of the quilt, its warmth. It represents our hope that this quilt will bring warmth, comfort, peace and healing to the individual who receives it.
- The backing is the strength that supports the other layers. It represents the strength of the recipient, the support of his or her family, our communities, and our nation.
- Each stitch that holds the layers together represents love, gratitude, and sometimes the tears of the maker.
Each quilt also represents a three-part message from the givers to those receiving:
- First, we HONOR you for your service. We honor you for leaving all you hold dear and to stand in harm’s way in a time of crisis, protecting us from the effects of war.
- Next, we know that FREEDOM IS NOT FREE. The cost of freedom is the dedication of lives of men and women like you, and this quilt is meant to say thank you for your sacrifice.
- And finally, this quilt is meant to offer COMFORT to you, and to remind you that although your family and friends cannot be with you at all times, you are forever in our thoughts and our hearts.
Mr. Cash is recovering from a mini-stroke he suffered on May 22nd. He attends Advanced Rehab for physical therapy. His goal is to be up and dancing for his 88th birthday celebration on October 24th.