Three Grand Bay military veterans honored with quilts of valor and thanked for their service at Grand Bay Community Center February 13, 2015
On Friday, February 13, the Grand Bay Star Stitchers quilting group, led by Ruth Guidroz, honored three area veterans with handmade quilts of valor. The military men were Bruce Twine, Michael Harold Harmon and Michael Dossett.
Below is a bit of their personal and military history.
Bruce Twine was born April 11, 1948 in Wales and came to this country in 1952 when his father was made plant manager at Courtaulds. He graduated from Murphy High School and attended Faulkner Community College. Twine was drafted into the Army in May 1969, serving with the 1st Cavalry Division as an infantryman in Vietnam. Five months later, he was wounded and was discharged in May 1970. He was awarded the Purple Heart and a Commendation Medal for his service and heroism. Twine and his wife have been married 32 years and have three children.
Michael Harold Harmon was born in Pascagoula in 1972 and was raised in Grand Bay.
He joined the U.S. Army in 1990 and was sent to Germany with the 19th Delta Cavalry. In the Gulf War, he served in Kuwait, where he was injured in an explosion. He was honorably discharged in August 1992. Currently, he lives in Houston with his wife, Sara, and their four daughters.
Col. Michael Dossett (U.S. Army Ret.) was born in May 1951 and is a lifelong resident of Lucedale, Mississippi and Mobile.
Dossett received a BS degree in Secondary Education from the University of South Alabama. He also studied Military Science for four years at USA and was commissioned a 2nd Lt. as a Reserve Officer in the Signal Corps. In 1973, he began a career as educator and football coach, and retired in 2012 after 39 years of service in Alabama and Mississippi schools.
In 1974, Dossett began a long military career, entering the Alabama Army National Guard with the 101st Medical Battalion in Mobile. Five years later, when Hurricane Frederic hit Mobile, he was ordered to active duty to aid in recovery efforts.
Over the years, Dossett served his country in a variety of locations and situations. In 1989, he was assigned to the 226th Air Support Group and was deployed to Alexandria, Egypt with Operation Bright Star. In 1990, it was Operation Desert Storm/Desert Shield in Saudi Arabia. During that period, he was awarded several medals and commendations, including the Bronze Star.
In June 2003, with three decades of service, four deployments and numerous training opportunities behind him, Col. Dossett retired from the U.S. Army and was granted the Legion of Merit.
He and his wife of 39 years, Teresa, have one son, Jason, who with wife Jennifer have given them one granddaughter, Abigail.