Credit: Courtesy Greg Schlieve
Don Cole, left, and Russ Lindstrand receive their Quilts of Valor from representatives of the organization.
As of Monday, September 10, 2018
If you know Don Cole and Russ Lindstrand, you most likely know them as fixtures of the business world.
They are also veterans of World War II.
On Sept. 4, they received Quilts of Valor in a ceremony at Sunnyside Assisted Living.
Both these men saw extensive combat in the Pacific during WWII.
The Quilts of Valor were provided by the Quilts of Valor organization. They are made by a quilting club in the Tri-Cities.
Cole was a highly decorated soldier. He and his five brothers — Kermit, Roger, Byron, Gurley and Kenard — all served in WWII. His oldest brother, Kermit, was killed in action by the Japanese.
Cole served in WWII and the Korean War. He left the military as a Staff Sergeant.
Russ Lindstrand served in WWII and was part of the group of Marines that assaulted Iwo Jima. He left the military as a PFC.
American Legion Post 73 has now helped present 20 Quilts of Valor to 20 WWII veterans from the Sunnyside area.
According to Greg Schlieve, Lindstrand was the owner of Lindstrand Jewelers located in downtown Sunnyside.
Cole came to the ceremony from Ellensburg, where he lives with family.
He worked for the Daily Sun News for years and later published his own newsletter, The Home Reporter, Schlieve said.
“He did it all, the ads, the reporting, the photography and the delivery,” his daughter Connie said.