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George W. Quinn

308th Infantry Regiment, 77th Infantry Division

Private, U.S. Army

Entered the Service from:

New York

Died:

9/28/1918

Grave Location:

Plot B, Row 3, Grave 15

Pvt. George W. Quinn was killed in the Argonne Forest on September 28, 1918 while delivering a message from Maj. Charles White Whittlesey to Capt. Arthur McKeogh just before operations leading to the relief of a “Lost Battalion.” The message was never delivered.

Four months after the war ended an American burial squad found Quinn’s remains. Vines and underbrush had hidden his body. Near the fallen runner were the bodies of three Germans. Presumably, Quinn had killed them.

Quinn’s mother was not notified of her son’s death because she had moved without leaving a forwarding address. She found out about it after reading a poem published in the Saturday Evening Post, written by Capt. McKeogh. The poem, dedicated to Quinn, describes the event of his death.

Here is an excerpt from the beginning of the poem:

Runner Quinn

(To Private George W. Quinn, Co. D, 308th Infantry, killed in action near Dead Man's Mill, Argonne Forest.)

They didn't give Quinn the D.S.C, for they don't know how he died,

But three still forms around him sprawled, they could have testified;

They could have told before he was cold -

If he hadn't plugged their hide.

No one was there when the thing was done, deep in the Argonne glade,

No one but Quinn and the three in gray, and there the four have stayed,

Where the night winds' hush through the soughing brush

Is a psalm for the Unafraid.

George W. Quinn is buried in Meuse-Argonne American Cemetery Plot B, Row 3, Grave 15.