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Nevada Department of Veterans Services


April 14, 2017
CONTACT: Terri Hendry, Cell (775) 525-4674

Nevada Governor Brian Sandoval presented the Veteran of the Month award to Bill Knapp

State of Nevada, Office of the Governor, Certificate of Recognition was already framed

Bill made a speech thanking the governor for this special award

A hand-made "Quilt of Valor" was also given to Bill

The quilt came with a certificate acknowledging his service and sacrifice for the nation

All wrapped up, Bill enjoys the warmth of his new quilt and that of the ladies too

Not to mention a few hugs and kisses as well


Decorated Veteran Receives "Veteran of the Month" Award and Recognition

(Carson City, NV) The Nevada Department of Veterans Services and Governor Brian Sandoval are pleased to announce highly decorated U.S. Army veteran William (Bill) Knapp received the "Veteran of the Month" award and recognition on Thursday, April 20, 2017 inside the Grant Sawyer Building in Las Vegas, NV. 

The special ceremony for the 94-year-old WWII veteran recognizes Knapp's continuing contributions to fellow veterans and community.  Governor Brian Sandoval said, "Bill Knapp's commitment to serve is demonstrated in his both his time in the military and his life as a civilian." The Governor added, "Even at the young age of 94, Bill still continues serve his community and others."

Knapp is a member of the Southern Nevada Patriot Guard Riders whose members ensure a veteran who has passed away, will never have to take that "final walk" alone. They are present during "Ceremonies for the Unaccompanied," at the Southern Nevada State Veterans Cemetery in Boulder City, NV. At the age of 94, Knapp accepts the American Flag on behalf of WWII veterans during those Thursday ceremonies. Knapp also remembers his fellow WWII veteran friends who have passed away by placing a flag every week on their graves.

In 2015, Knapp was awarded the French Legion of Honor. He served in WWII in the 82nd Airborne Division, 508th Parachute Infantry Reg. from 1942-1946.  For his service he received several other honors including; the Purple Heart, Bronze Star Medal, and a Battlefield Commission.

Knapp is also a member of the American Legion and is a current member of Post 76. He attends church every Sunday and remains committed to helping others. In his younger years, Knapp was a very active member of the Shriners International "precision motorcycle club." He retired his bike at the age of 74.    

The "Veteran of the Month" and "Veteran Supporter of the Month" awards are provided through the Nevada Department of Veterans Services. The awards are part of the Governor's commitment to make Nevada the "friendliest State in the nation" to its military community and veterans.

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