QUINN, FRANCIS

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
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. Updated 2019 with information
from Justin Jackson-Mann

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.

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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......

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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.

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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]

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