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Surprise gift warms veteran’s heart

Rusty Girvin displays the handcrafted gift he received as a surprise, a token of appreciation for his service to the country. (The Enterprise/John Braese)

Since 1936, Rusty Girvin has lived and farmed in the Vale area – taking some time away from the area to serve in World War II, for three years and three months.

“I served in the South Pacific during that time,” explained Girvin. “I made it up to the rank of sergeant.”

Returning to Vale after the war, Girvin farmed before finally retiring.

Last week, Girvin received an unexpected visit and surprise from members of the Vale Veterans Association. Answering the door to his home, Girvin was presented with a quilt as a small token of . . .