Covering the War

Marine Comfort Quilt

Made by Marine Comfort Quilts
Made in 2014
Made in St. Louis, Missouri, and Spring Valley, Illinois
On loan from Marine Comfort Quilts

A fallen Marine’s bedroom
St. Louis County, Missouri
Photograph by Jonathan Gregory

Jan Lang founded Marine Comfort Quilts in 2003 after thinking her Marine son had been killed during the Iraq War (2003-2011). He survived, but she and many volunteers began making quilts for the next of kin of each service member killed in the war. Marine Comfort Quilts sent the quilts as messengers to honor the fallen and comfort the grieving.

This quilt was to honor Lance Corporal Nelson M. Lantigua, one of the nearly 4,500 American military men and women who died during the Iraq conflict. Unfortunately, Marine Comfort Quilts was unable to locate Lantigua’s next of kin.