RIP 20 November 2014
Name: Francis Quinn
Rank/Branch: E4/United States Army
NOTE: Official military records for Bright Light, Chrono and Alpha lists of loss noted him as
an E4 at loss. It is now known that he was an SFC/E7 at loss, and retired an E8.
Unit: Detachment A-219, 5th Special Forces Group (Airborne), 1st Special Forces Group
Date of Birth: 13 November 1928
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
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. Updated 2019 with information
from Justin Jackson-Mann
REMARKS: 620501 RELEASED
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
The book "Pacific Stars and Stripes, VIETNAM Front Pages" published in 1986
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......
Francis Quinn, who was captured early in the Vietnam War and released
(4/8/1962-5/1/1962), served in combat in Vietnam AFTER he was a POW. From
his records, it looks like he served at least one tour in the 1966-1967 time
frame where he was awarded a Silver Star and a Bronze Star w/Valor for
combat in Vietnam.
He also served in combat with the Army during the Korean War, and before
that he was enlisted in the U.S. Navy (1946-1948). He retired as a MSGT
(E-8) on 12/1/1968.
Few Nam Pows returned to combat. For those that did, they remained in the
service and served in the Gulf.
More info: http://www.veterantributes.org/TributeDetail.php?recordID=2149 [photo]