QUINN, FRANCIS Name: Francis Quinn Rank/Branch: E4/United States Army Unit: Date of Birth: Home City of Record: Buffalo NY Date of Loss: 08 April 1962 Country of Loss: South Vietnam Loss Coordinates: 155855 North 1080540 East Status (in 1973): Releasee Category: Aircraft/Vehicle/Ground: Ground Missions: Other Personnel in Incident: Wayne Marchand, remains recovered, James Gabriel Jr, remains recovered, George Groom, released Source: Compiled by P.O.W. NETWORK from one or more of the following: raw data from U.S. Government agency sources, correspondence with POW/MIA families, published sources (The book "Pacific Stars and Stripes, VIETNAM Front Pages" published in 1986), interviews. May 1997 REMARKS: 620501 RELEASED Synopsis: Although the Combined Action Combat Casualty file list James Gabriel and Wayne marchand as having died from a gunshot or small arms fire - there is much more to this story.....
The caption reads: AT PRESS CONFERENCE - Two U.S. Army Sergeants released from Viet Cong captivity Tuesday are given advise on their answers at a press conference in Saigon Wednesday by their commanding officer, Capt. L. M. Weaver (left). The men are Sgt George E Groom (center) and SFC Francis Quinn.
The book "Pacific Stars and Stripes, VIETNAM Front Pages" published in 1986 states: Five Star Edition Wednesday, April 11, 1962 Vol. 18, No. 100 How U.S. SOldiers Died Too wounded to Walk, 2 Are Slain by Guerillas Da Nang, Republic of Vietnam (AP) -- Communist guerillas killed two captured U.S. Army sergeants because they were too badly wounded to walk any farther, the survivors of a jungle ambush reported Wednesday. The American's arms had been bound behind them. Vietnamese patrols and air forces were still searching the jungle area 45 miles east of the Laos frontier for two other American army sergeants who were captured in the attack on a bivouac Sunday. The U.S. Army identified the slain soldiers as Staff Sgt. Wayne E. Marchand pf Plattsmouth, Neb., and SP5 James Gabriel of Honolulu. The two missing men are SFC Francis Quinn of Niagra Falls, NY and Sgt. George E. Groom of Stewartsvill, MO. All four soldiers were members of an Army Special Forces unit which specializes in anti-querilla warfare and were engaged in training a village self-defense group. Survivors told U.S. authorities the two slain Americans were seriously wounded in the attack by Viet [the article copy ends there]