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September 20, 2013

NETCOM quilters display art at Arizona Hall of Fame

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Angela Camara
Public Affairs Officer

Arizona Valor, the 2009 Arizona State Quilt to benefit the Quilts of Valor Program, received the Arizona Quilters Hall of Fame Award in February and was presented to Korean War veteran and Deb Scott’s father, Joe Yox, a U.S. Navy airman who served from 1951 to 1955.

Two civilian employees of Network Enterprise Technology Command Headquarters have been recognized for their quilting talents by the Arizona Quilters Hall of Fame.

Deb Scott, a NETCOM cyber security manager, and Cyndi Ward, a management analyst in NETCOM’s G8, will have their Quilt of Valor on display at the Arizona Quilters Hall of Fame induction ceremonies on Sept. 29 in Phoenix. This honor comes on the heels of receiving the Arizona Quilters Hall of Fame Award in February.

Scott and Ward created “Arizona Valor” as the Arizona Federation of Republican Women’s entry in the 2009 National Federation of Republican Women’s Quilt Contest to benefit the Quilts of Valor Program. The 2009 State Quilts of Valor were presented to Korean War Veterans.

“When we were making the quilt, we assumed it would go to the National Federation of Republican Women Convention in Orlando and be distributed to a veterans’ home,” Scott said. “We later learned that the quilts would be returning to each state for distribution.

“There are two parts to this story,” she added. “First is that we created an amazing, and now award-winning quilt. Part two is that the Korean War Veteran who received this quilt was my Dad.

A Corsair, piloted by 1st Lt. Edwin Kummer, returned to the deck of the aircraft carrier USS Oriskany with unexploded ordnance. On landing, the bomb rolled off and exploded on the wooden elevator deck, killing two crewmen and injuring 15 others. The two firefighters in “hotsuits” are seen running to the rescue of the pilot.

“As we were binding the quilt, my Dad received a CD from Navy buddies who had been at a 2009 reunion of the USS Oriskany, the carrier he had served on during the Korean War.

“The photos were taken March 6, 1953, the day a plane returned from a bombing mission with unexpended ordnance. A bomb rolled off, blowing a whole through the wooden deck, killing two Sailors. The photos show two “Hotsuits” running to the burning plane. Airman Richard Donovan, 21, stood on the shoulders Airman Joe Yox, 19, to extract the wounded pilot from the cockpit.”

In July 2009, the AZ Federation of Republican Women, or AZFRW, selected Korean War Veteran Joe Yox as the recipient of the Arizona State Quilt.

“It was presented to him as a huge surprise at the 2009 AZFRW State Convention in October that year,” Scott said.

Airman Richard Donovan stood on the shoulders of Airman Joe Yox to extract the wounded pilot.

The design of “Arizona Valor” is based on the Arizona state flag, with its center copper star, lower field of blue and upper rays.

The quilt design started with the center block, based on the pattern Sahuaro Sunset, by the late Sierra Vista-quilter, Miles Merkel. The center panel is completed by two earth-toned blocks with silhouettes of Native American symbols for sun, water and man; and a cowboy riding his trusted steed.

The lower field of blue is a tribute to the military services, with 13 images of significance to the State of Arizona. Printed panels of the U.S. Congressional Medal of Honor and the U.S. Flag are surrounded by photos:

  • U.S. Army Indian Scout, William Alchesay, Medal of Honor Recipient, Chief of the White Mountain Apache Nation
  • U.S. Marine Corporal Ira Hayes, who helped raise the US Flag at Iwo Jima. Ira was a member of the Akimel O’odham/Pima Nation
  • Bill Toledo, World War II Navajo Code Talker and the Navajo Code Talker Monument in Window Rock, Ariz.
  • A U.S. Army 9th Cavalry Buffalo Soldier
  • U.S. Navy Blue Angels in flight formation
  • U.S. Army Golden Knights in flight formation with the U.S. and POW Flags
  • A Republic F-105 fighter jet, retired at the Pima Air and Space Museum in Tucson

The upper panel is made of five rays depicting the art and culture of the state’s Native American and Hispanic heritage, the ropes and lassos representing the agricultural and ranching heritage, and the wild horses representing the vast, untouched natural resources.

The AzFRW crest and a photo of members visiting the World War II Memorial at the Arizona State Capitol are on the back of the quilt.

About the quilters

Deb Scott has 29 years of federal service, served as an Army officer in the Air Defense Artillery and Adjutant General’s Corps and is a retired Army wife. Her quilts have received awards in shows in Arizona, New York, Missouri and Kansas, including a Blue Ribbon at the 2012 Cochise County Fair.
Cyndi Ward has over 28 years of federal service, is an avid quilter and a retired Army wife.




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