American Legion Members Makes Handmade Quilts of Valor for Veterans

May 23, 2017 § Leave a comment

 

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Quilts of Valor
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An honors graduate of the Louisiana State University Law School, Sherb Sentell is an Airborne Ranger with the rank of Colonel in the US Army Reserve. An Army Bronze Star and Meritorious Service Medal recipient, Sherb Sentell is also a member of the American Legion.

On May 8, 2017, members of the American Legion took part in a special quilt-making event at the Sheraton City Center Hotel in Indianapolis, Indiana. Participants stitched handmade Quilts of Valor (QOV) to be awarded to American service members wounded in war and veterans. Those involved participated in the entire process of quilt making from assembling fabric, to stitching, to presenting the finished quilts to the servicemen and women.

The QOV program began in 2003 to recognize and appreciate the service of veterans. More than 159,000 have been presented to date.

An average QOV will cover an entire adult body. Stitched together from pure shirt-weight cotton fabric, the quilts showcase varying patterns and designs, but typically reflect a patriotic theme of red, white, and blue.

The Order of the Coif – Distinguished Visitor Program

March 23, 2017 § Leave a comment

 

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Order of the Coif
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A Colonel in the US Army Reserve, Sherb Sentell spends his time as a civilian serving as an elected city judge in Minden, Louisiana. Before beginning his legal career, Sherb Sentell earned a juris doctor from Louisiana State University Law School, where he held membership with the Order of the Coif.

Named after the headdresses worn by legal professionals in medieval England, the Order of the Coif is an honorary scholastic society promoting excellence in legal education. Its membership consists of those who have attained high grades as law students and graduate in the top 10% of their class and those who have excelled professionally in the field of law.

The Order of the Coif also administers a Distinguished Visitor Program in which professors of law deliver lectures to students regarding current legal issues and topics important to the legal profession. Sherb Sentell graduated 5th in his law school class and was a guest lecturer at LSU Law Center as part of the United States Army War College Eisenhower program. Some of the guest lecturers in the Distinguished Visitor Program have included Professor Heather Gerken from the Yale Law School as well as Professor Jesse H. Choper from the University of California, Berkeley, School of Law.

What Is the Bronze Star Medal?

March 2, 2017 § Leave a comment

 

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Bronze Star Medal
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A graduate of Louisiana State University Law Center, Sherb Sentell serves as the elected Minden-Ward 1 City Judge and as a partner at Sentell Law Firm, LLC, in Minden, Louisiana. Sherb Sentell is also a Colonel in the United States Army Reserve with two combat tours and has been awarded two Bronze Star Medals.

The Bronze Star Medal is conferred to a member of the US armed forces who has served after December 6, 1941, and demonstrated heroic or meritorious achievement, excluding service in aerial flight. The award comes in three categories: Achievement, Merit, and Valor.

The medal itself is made of bronze and has a circumscribing width of 1.5 inches. Another 3/16-inch-wide star, also made of bronze, appears in the middle of the medal. The center line of the reverse side of the star reads, “Heroic or Meritorious Achievement,” with space available to engrave the awardee’s name.

Established in February 1944, the Bronze Star Medal is the fourth most important combat award available to members of the armed forces.

The United States Military’s Bronze Star Medal Award

January 27, 2017 § Leave a comment

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Bronze Star Medal
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United States Army Colonel Sherb Sentell currently serves as the Minden-Ward 1 City Judge for the city of Minden, Louisiana. Sherb Sentell has also had a successful career in the Army and received two Bronze Star Medals.

The Bronze Star Medal was authorized by former President Roosevelt on February 4, 1944, as an award meant to recognize members of all branches of the United States military for either heroism in combat or meritorious service. It is the fourth-highest honor of the individual military awards. The award was first conceived in 1943 by Colonel Russell P. “Red” Reeder, who saw the medal as a way to encourage service members in their efforts. The award may also be given to members of foreign armed services who have served with the United States, given the award’s relatively broad criteria for recipients.

The medal has the shape of a bronze star and can come with a few variations. If the medal contains a bronze “V,” the medal was awarded for an act of valor, or combat heroism. A medal without the “V” was received for meritorious service. In the Army, if any additional bronze medal awards are received, a Bronze Oak Leaf Cluster is worn in their place.

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