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is honored on Panel 20E, Line 98 of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial.

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  • Remembering

    Posted on 2/26/19 - by Charles w Stepp
    I have thought about Mike many times over the past years. I will forever remember my last conversation with Him, He wanted to borrow some money from me to purchase a new lens for his camera. Kidding I told him I was not about to loan him the money as he was apt to get himself killed that night on patrol and I would be out 50 dollars. Needless to say I admitted that I was kidding and would loan him the money but he became so upset with me he would not accept my money. Mike was originally with me on Pbr 109 but had issues with our boat captain, I arranged his transfer with another boat and regrettably he was killed a couple weeks later, but Carl Stanley lived, chance and circumstance.
  • Final Mission of SN Michael C. Quinn

    Posted on 3/5/18 - by
    On May 24, 1967, a river patrol composed of two PBR’s (river patrol boats) from River Division 53, Task Force 116, was being conducted on the Ham Luong River in Kien Hoa Province, RVN. When approximately six miles from Ben Tre, the boats, PBR 101 and PBR 106, received intense enemy fire from the north bank of the river. Automatic weapons fire was unleashed from several Viet Cong positions along the bank. The leading boat, PBR 101, returned the fire and was almost immediately hit forward by a round of 57mm recoilless rifle fire. The round killed the patrol officer, LT Charles D. Witt, and the forward gunner, ENFN Terry F. Leazer, and the boat captain, ETR2 Roy L. Castleberry. Moments later, machine gun fire killed the midships gunner, SN Michael C. Quinn, as the PBR veered toward the bank out of control. The PBR’s sole survivor, SN Michael J. Devlin, was wounded but managed to bring the stricken boat under control and turn clear of the range of fire. PBR 106 covered 101’s withdrawal and launched a high-speed run against the enemy positions. During the ensuing heavy exchange of fire, a 57mm round struck the boats vertical armor, killing a Vietnamese National Maritime Policeman, and seriously wounding the boat captain and after gunner. In addition, the round’s impact disabled the boat’s port engine. The PBR continued the engagement, weaving and delivering a high volume of fire at the stretch of enemy sites until the PBR’s supply of ammunition was nearly exhausted. Shortly thereafter, a PBR patrol from an adjacent area rendezvoused with PBR’s 101 and 106 and escorted them to Ben Tre. [Taken from]
  • Bronze Star with V for Valor

    Posted on 1/22/16 - by Tom Burgdorf
    Awarded for actions during the Vietnam War
    The President of the United States of America takes pride in presenting the Bronze Star (Posthumously) to QUINN, Michael C., Seaman, USN, posthumously, for heroism while serving as a machine gunner aboard river patrol boat in support of on Army platoon in the Republic of Vietnam on 28 Mar 1967. When the platoon required medical evacuation for two wounded personnel, Seaman Quinn, without regard far his personal safety, leaped off the bow of his craft and ran up the riverbank to help take the Infantryman to the boot. During this entire period has subjected to heavy Viet Cong fire. The combat distinguishing device Is authorized.

    General Orders: All Hands (November 1968)
    Action Date: March 28, 1967
    Service: Navy
    Rank: Seamna
    Regiment: River Patrol Section 531, PBR-101/6101
  • Remembering An American Hero

    Posted on 5/24/15 - by Curt Carter
    Dear SN Michael Courtney Quinn, sir

    As an American, I would like to thank you for your service and for your sacrifice made on behalf of our wonderful country. The youth of today could gain much by learning of heroes such as yourself, men and women whose courage and heart can never be questioned.

    May God allow you to read this, and may He allow me to someday shake your hand when I get to Heaven to personally thank you. May he also allow my father to find you and shake your hand now to say thank you; for America, and for those who love you.

    With respect, Sir

    Curt Carter
  • Never Forgotten

    Posted on 3/24/11
    Michael Courtney Quinn was born in San Angelo to Katheryne Rickel and Willie Dee Quinn. His siser, Judith Ann was born a year later. He grew up in San Angelo and the family moved to Circleville, Ohio for a short time and returned to San Angelo for his junior and senior year. He graduated from San Angelo Central High School in 1965. While at Central he was in the Bobcat Marching, Concert and Stage Bands. After graduation, he attended San Angelo College, now Angelo State University. He enlisted in the Navy in the spring of 1966 and completed his recruit training at the U.S. Navy Recruit Training Depot at San Diego, California. He received additional training in gunnery. He began his tour in Vietnam as a member of the U.S. Navy Forces, Vietnam. He was assigned as a gunner with PBR-101. On 24 May, 1967, the Officer in Charge, River Patrol Section 531, three PBR crewmen to include SN Quinn and a Vietnamese national policeman were killed by intense fire from the north bank of the [Ham Luong] river, four miles downstream from Cu Lao Oc. Five other U.S. sailors were wounded during this action. The patrol, composed of PBRs 101 and 106, was attacked by automatic-weapons and recoilless-rifle fire from several Viet Cong positions. The patrol returned the fire. Then a recoilless-rifle round struck the forward .50 caliber mount of PBR 101, killing the gunner, the patrol officer, and the helmsmen. The midships gunner was subsequently killed by machine gun fire as the PBR veered toward the bank out of control. The wounded after gunner finally managed to bring the boat under control and turned clear of the range of fire. The Vietnamese policeman, embarked in PBR 106, was killed when a recoilless-rifle round struck the patrol boat amidships. The effects of the burst also seriously wounded the boat captain and the after gunner, and disabled the craft's port engine. During the engagement armed helicopters and fixed wing aircraft launched strikes against the ambush sites. Subsequent intelligence reports indicated that the air strikes and the PBR fire had killed at least 19 Viet Cong and wounded 36 others. SN Michael C. Quinn was buried with full military honors in the Fairmount Cemetery in San Angelo, Texas. Rest in peace with the warriors.
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