Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Lt. Gen. William Wilson Quinn

Lt. Gen. Chevalier Officier Calvalier William Wilson "Buffalo Bill" Quinn
(Crisfield, Somerset, Maryland; 1 Nov 1907 - 11 Sep 2001; Walter Reed, Washington, DC)


World War II and Korea

World War II

North African Campaign
Sicily Campaign
Operation Dragoon
Paris to the Rhine
Battle of the Adrene Forest
Siege of Bastogne
Operation Nordwid
Invasion of Germany
End of World War II in Europe

The Korean War

Battle of Inchon
Battle Seoul
Battle of Heartbreak Ridge
Battle of Chosin Reservoir
Battle of Old Baldy
Battle of Triangle Hill
Battle of Porkchop Hill

Nick Names

Buffalo Bill


Combat Infantryman Badge
Parachute Badge
Air Assult Badge
Badge of the Soviet Guards

Awards and Medals

Officer Order of the Legion of Honor
Knight Order of the Legion of Honor
Order of St. George the Triumphant,
(Second Degree)
Croix de guerre
Vietnam Gallantry Cross
Vietnam Campaign Medal
Vietnam Service Medal
Presidential Unit Citation of Korea
Korean Service Medal
Silver Star
Legion of Merit
Brons Star
Purple Heart
Air Medal
Army Commedation Medal
European-African-Middle Eastern Campaign Medal
World War II Victory Medal
American Defence Medal
American Campaign Medal
Army of Occupation Medal
National Defense Service Medal


Crisfield High: 1925
West Point: 1933
Infantry School: 1939
Command and General Staff School: 1942
National War College: 1947

Commands Held

Comanding Officer of Company L
Comanding Officer of 31st Infantry (Philippines)
Provost Marshal of the City of Manila
Assistant Chief of Staff of G2 of the IV Army Corps
Director of Strategic Services
Commanding Officer of the 3rd Battalion, 34th Infantry
Assistant of the Training of Sub-Section I Corps
Cheif of the Training of Sub-Secton I Corps
Assistan Chief of Staff, G3 I Corps
Intelligence Officer for the GHQ Force
Commanding Officer of the 17th Infantry Division of Korea
Deputy Chief of Staff of the United States Pentagon
Deputy Assistant for Planning Coordination of the Office of Chief of Staff
Chief of Staff of the United States Pentagon
Assistant Divison Commander of the 47th Infantry Division at Campt Fort Rucker
Head of the Army Section, Joint Military Aid Groupe to Greece
Assistant Commanding General of the 9th Infantry Division
Commanding Officer of the 4th Infantry Division of the Strategic Army Corps
Deputy Assistant Chief of Staff Staff for Intelligence of the United States Army
Commanding General of the United States 4th Army
United States Army Chief of Information
United States Army Chief of Public Information
Deputy Director of the United States Defense Intelligence Agency
Commanding General of the United Sates Army Europe and Seventh Army


Walter Reed Hospital, Washington, DC


Arlington National Cemetary
Full Military Honors

Award Citations

Silver Star

On 26 February 1951, from 1000 to 1200 hours, the 2nd Battalion, 17th Infantry Regiment, was engaged in an assault of the enemy in order to capture high ground, near Habangnim, Korea.  Colonel Quinn, from the battalion's forward obsevation post, directed the operation of the regiment in its assult against the enemy.  Constantly edposed to enemy mortar and small arms fire, he directed and coordinated the attack in this forward position, remaining until the mission had been successfully comppeted.  His presence at this advance position, together with the aggressive leadership displayed, added greatly to the morale of the troops engaged with the enemy.  The gallantry displayed by Colonel Quinn on this occasion reflects great credit upon himself and the military service.  Entered Federal service from Maryland.

Quotes Describing Him

The best damn regimental commander you'll ever see!

Colonel Bill Quinn was the warlock and the Bison his talisman.

To men bogged down in surch terminology as GI, doughfoot, mud-churner and gox-hoe artist, the words Buffalo, musketter and infantryman strike a concordant notet.


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