William N. Quinn
Colonel, United States Army
(Retired) William N. Quinn
1915 - 2007 Career Army officer
Colonel (Retired) William N. Quinn, son of the late Paul and Laura Hester Quinn of Shelby, North Carolina, died May 22, 2007, at the age of 91. Colonel Quinn was preceded in death by his beloved wife, Sara Simmons Quinn.
He is survived by his daughters, Linda Hickman and husband, Bill, of Cary, North Carolina, Rosemary Bielejeski of Cary, and Billie Ventura and husband, Tony, of Mechanicsville, Virginia; grandsons, Joshua William Hickman, Matthew William Bielejeski and Michael Quinn Venture; and cousins, Nancy McArthur and Dora Singleton of Shelby.
Colonel Quinn was a career Army officer who joined the North Carolina National Guard in 1933 and then was called to active duty in September 1940 with Company K, 120th Infantry, 30th Division. He was a Battalion Commander 397th Infantry, 100th Division in the invasion of Southern France in 1944.
After World War II, he was a ROTC instructor at Presbyterian College in Clinton and a Battalion Commander in the 2nd regiment, 5th Division at Fort Jackson. During the Korean War, he served as Executive Officer and then a Battalion Commander with the 32nd Infantry, 7th Division, participating in the Inchon landing and the march to the Yalu River.
After the Korean War, he served on the Army General Staff at the Pentagon as an advisor to the Greek Army, instructor at the Infantry School at Fort Benning, Georgia, and Deputy Commander of the Infantry School Brigade at Fort Benning; Post Commander, Camp Zama, Japan; and Deputy Commander and Commander of XVI Army Corps at Omaha, Nebraska. He was G-1, 18th Airborne Corps, Ft. Bragg, North Carolina, when he retired in 1969 after 37 years of service.
During his career, he was awarded the Purple Heart, the Silver Star and two Bronze Stars.
In lieu of flowers, consider donations in memory of his wife, Sara Simmons Quinn, to the Alzheimer's Association, 225 North Michigan Ave., Floor 17, Chicago, Illinois 60611-7633.
Burial will be at Arlington National Cemetery
at 3 p.m. on Monday, June 4, 2007.