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Distinguished Service Cross

The Distinguished Service Cross may awarded to a person who, while serving in any capacity with the Army, distinguishes himself by extraordinary heroism not justifying the award of a Medal of Honor. This extraordinary heroism must take place while the individual is engaged in an action against an enemy of the United States; or while he is engaged in military operations involving conflict with an opposing foreign force; or while he is serving with friendly foreign forces that are engaged in an armed conflict against an opposing armed force in which the United States is not a belligerent party. The act or acts of heroism must be so notable and involve risk of life so extraordinary as to set the individual apart from his comrades.

The Distinguished Service Cross, also known as the DSC, is our Nation's second highest award for valor, second only to the Medal of Honor.  The Distinguished Service Cross was created during the First World War and was signed into law by President Woodrow Wilson on January 2, 1918.



"Doc Quinn"


Specialist Fourth Class, U.S. Army
Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 1st Battalion, 8th Cavalry Regiment, 1st Cavalry Division
Date of Action: July 12, 1970

The Distinguished Service Cross is presented to Richard Floyd Quinn, Specialist Fourth Class, U.S. Army, for extraordinary heroism in connection with military operations involving conflict with an armed hostile force in the Republic of Vietnam, while serving with Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 1st Battalion, 8th Cavalry, 1st Cavalry Division (Airmobile). Specialist Four Quinn distinguished himself while serving as a medical aid man during ground combat operations in Phuoc Long Province. Specialist Quinn's company had just departed its night defensive position and was advancing down a narrow jungle trail when the allied lead element contacted an enemy force of unknown size. several allied casualties were sustained in the initial fighting and Specialist Quinn immediately moved forward to treat the casualties. Ignoring the intense enemy fire that swept the area, he moved from one position to another to treat the wounded allies and assist them to positions of relative safety. When a series of incoming enemy rockets exploded to Specialist Quinn's front, he immediately went to the aid of two seriously wounded soldiers. Although exposed in a forward position, the specialist skillfully administered aid to his comrades. As he prepared to evacuate them to rear positions, he was mortally wounded by the hostile fire. Specialist Four Quinn's extraordinary heroism and devotion to duty, at the cost of his life, were in keeping with the highest traditions of the military service and reflect great credit upon himself, his unit, and the United States Army.
HQ US Army, Vietnam, General Orders No. 4973 (October 29, 1970)
Home Town: Woodstock, New York

Click here to go to the date and story of the action that took "Doc" Quinn from us.

In late July, Richard Floyd Quinn arrived at the Dover Air Force Base at Dover, Delaware. His body was soon sent to the Lasher Funeral Home in Woodstock, New York. On July 25th 1970 Richard was laid to rest at the Woodstock Cemetery, Woodstock, New York.  Doc Quinn's father is Mr. Vincent A. Quinn.


Rich "Doc" Quinn was my best friend growing up in the Catskills (New YorK) area (Shokan and Woodstock). Met him for the first time in 4th grade (Onteora Central School, Boiceville, NY). He had polio and wore leg braces. He soon was over it and didn't need the braces anymore (I think by 5th grade). We got into a lot of trouble during our school years, of course not like now-a-days, and saw the principle many times. Also went to Ulster County Community college together. I remember that he was a much better student than I. I also remember that both in high school and comm. college he many times set me up for a humorous fall. When he went into the Army I never thought that He wouldn't be coming back. We were young and invincible. I joined the Air Force in July 69 and worked on titan 2 and minute man ICBMs so never was deployed to Vietnam. Rich would always send me letters saying how the air force people were weinies and that when he got back he was going to kick my butt. All in good fun. He also said that he had only 2 years in the Army but I had 4 years in the AF. I was stationed in Shepard AFB in Wichita Falls, Texas the same time Rich was in Fort Sam Houston, Texas for medic training. We always talked in letters about seeing each other in San Antonio but we never did. I wish I had taken the time to see him, like I said, Rich not coming back never entered my mind. I miss him to this day.

Rick Wendt (May 30th, 2009) from Guest book entry


4/29/2018 This is one of the street signs for the new Sgt. Richard Quinn Drive in Woodstock, NY.

Memorial Day 2018

L-R Doc Quinns sister Susan, Fern, Georges daughter Bernadette, Doc Quinns brother George and Don Ketcham.


Doc Quinns memorial quilt presentation video.



New Photos to honor Doc Quinn.


Image of the flowers left honoring the 50th anniversary of Doc Quinns death.


Terry Breitenstein, Commander of the American Legion, representing the military. He was friends with Quinn. When he saluted, he said, “This is for Ketcham.”


George Quinn (Richard's younger brother), representing the family.


Fern, representing Quinn's friends....


Full image of gravesite July 12, 2020


Photos taken July 23rd 2020 Doc Quinns on what would have been his 72nd birthday


From Fern "I promised his family I would leave flowers, today. I always keep my promises."


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