James H. Quinn Silver Star citation

The President of the United States takes pride in presenting the SILVER STAR MEDAL posthumously to


for service as set forth in the following


“For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity while serving with the First Marine Division during action against enemy Japanese forces on Cape Gloucester, New Britain, December 26, 1943. When the advance of his company was retarded by withering fire from a heavily defended enemy pillbox, Private First Class Quinn unhesitatingly volunteered to man a bazooka and attempt to destroy the hostile stronghold. Courageously crawling to within a few yards of his target, he succeeded in making three direct hits before he was mortally wounded by enemy machine-gun fire. Private First Class Quinn’s daring initiative and inspiring devotion to duty in the face of grave peril were in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service. He gallantly gave his life for his country.”

For the president,

/s/ James Forrestal

Born: Lowell, Mass…. Interred: Manilla American Cemetery and Memorial, Manilla, Philippines

Author: Real American Heroes

Leave a Reply