Meredith man gets McQuillen Award for service to vets
From left are Scott McQuillen, and Bob Jones of Meredith as he receives the 2013 Maurice McQuillen Award for service to fellow NH veterans, with Colin McQuilllen, 12, and brother Liam, 8, in Manchester, on Wednesday. (Thomas Roy/Union Leader)
"I can name others more deserving than I. But I accept this for the issue I am involved in, which is the POW/MIA issue," he explained.
While tending to wounded Marines in Vietnam, Jones came under fire on battlefields and twice was wounded. He was awarded a Bronze Star with a "V" for valor for his heroic actions, state Sen. Jeanie Forrester, R-Meredith, wrote in nominating Jones for the award.
His efforts have earned him recognition from the New Hampshire Senate and Gov. Maggie Hassan.
Jones is vice-president of New England POW/MIA Network and director of its New Hampshire division.
The award is named after Maurice L. McQuillen , who was the first editor of the New Hampshire Union Leader Veterans Page and a U.S. Army veteran of World War II. It has been given out annually since McQuillen's death in 1981.
"We're very proud of those carrying on the work that was very dear to my father's heart," Scott McQuillen said. McQuillen heads the committee that presents the award.
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