Michael Courtney Quinn

United States Navy
12 April 1947 - 24 May 1967
San Angelo, Texas
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Purple Heart, National Defense, Vietnam Service, Vietnam Campaign

The database page for Michael Courtney Quinn

28 Jan 2006

Micheal Courtney Quinn was a native of Circleville, Ohio. His family moved to San Angelo, Texas, when Micheal was a junior. He attended and was graduated from San Angelo Central High School; the photo is from San Angelo's 1965 "Westerner". While at Central he was a member of the Bobcat Marching, Concert and Stage Bands. He graduated in 1965 and then attended San Angelo College, now Angelo State University. He enlisted in the Navy in the spring of 1966 and served on PBR-101 in Vietnam. He was killed in hostile action on May 24, 1967. He is remembered by the Concho Valley Vietnam Veterans' Memorial in San Angelo, by the San Angelo Central High School, Class of the 60's and by the Permian Basin Vietnam Veterans' Memorial in Midland, Texas. May his sacrifice not be forgotten.

From a PBVVM representative,
Billy M. Brown

A Note from The Virtual Wall

"On 24 May the Officer in Charge, River Patrol Section 531, three PBR crewmen 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."

From the US Naval Forces Vietnam
Monthly Historical Summary for May 1967

The four men killed in the 24 May 1967 ambush were

  • LT Charles D. Witt, Lubbock, TX (Officer in Charge, River Section 531)
  • ETR2 Roy L. Castleberry, Marietta, GA, PBR-101
  • ENFN Terry F. Leazer, Seymour, IA, PBR-101
  • SN Michael C. Quinn, San Angelo, TX, PBR-101

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