Veterans Day may have been a few days back, but the Marshalltown Community College baseball team still wanted to honor a local veteran Friday for his service.
Led by assistant coach Lynn Cripps, five members of the team and head coach Rich Grife presented U.S Marine veteran Phil Huntley with MCC Tigers hats, T-shirts and other items including an autographed Jeff Clement baseball card. They visited Huntley at Iowa Veterans Home, where he is a resident.
"We thought it would be nice to give back and honor Phil," Cripps said. "We are family at MCC and Phil is an MCC alum. It's our privilege to do this."
T-R PHOTO BY ANDREW POTTER
Marshalltown Community College baseball team players and coaches presented U.S. Marine veteran Phil Huntley with MCC Tigers team hats and T-Shirts Friday at the Iowa Veterans Home. Pictured is assistant coach Lynn Cripps giving Huntley a hat. The honor corresponds to Veterans Day, which was earlier this week.
Tanner Smith, a sophomore MCC student and baseball player from Grinnell, said some things are more important than baseball - especially what they did Friday.
"When it comes down to it, we've got to give back to the people who have given to us," Smith said.
Phil's wife, Terri, appreciated the support by the team, and she said he was really looking forward to the visit by the players.
"He's been really excited about it ever since I told him," Terri Huntley said. "It's always nice to be remembered."
Cripps has been friends with the Huntleys for years and is a former neighbor of the couple.
Huntley's health has been a concern, and he has suffered dozens of strokes as a result of ingesting dangerous chemicals from what was believed to be water contamination at Camp Lejeune.