Army veteran who served in 3 wars honored with valor quilt days after turning 100

CLAYTON COUNTY, Ga. — A local veteran of the Vietnam War, Korean War, and World War II, has received a major honor just days after passing a big milestone birthday.

Ray Hinson just turned 100. He is has all of the characteristics of our greatest generation.

Some people have done a lot in life. Ray did it all.

“Well, it felt good. Somebody remembers what went on,” Hinson said.

Ray joined the US Army in 1944.

“I was in the infantry,” Hinson said.

He saw combat in Germany, Korea, and Vietnam, which is why he has been awarded one of the Quilts of Valor.

It is a national foundation that has honored nearly 300,000 veterans since 2003.


“We equate that to a Purple Heart, from us to them,” said Cecilia McVicker with Quilts of Valor. “Our goal is to wrap every veteran in the United States.”

Ray recently joined Air Force veteran, George Griffith, his son-in-law, and Navy veteran, Gary Lee, at Tara Baptist Church in Jonesboro.

Each received a quilt.

“I never expected something like that. It was overwhelming to me,” Lee said.

Griffith said he felt privileged to be in such good company

“I don’t believe I can tell you without crying,” Griffith said.

For Ray, it is one milestone after another. Two weeks back, he celebrated his 100th birthday.

“I never expected to reach it,” Hinson said with a chuckle.

Ray’s family wants to point out that he is now 100 years old, and two weeks. Last week, he crawled under his pickup truck and changed the oil.