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Maj George Quamo
Birth: Jun. 10, 1940
Averill Park
Rensselaer County
New York, USA
Death: Sep. 23, 1974, Vietnam

At 27, Quamo was the youngest major to ever have served in the Special Forces Unit. He was a 1958 graduate of Averill Park High School who more than three decades later is remembered by his friends and relatives as a humble and fair-minded person. He was a gifted athlete and very handsome. He was well-liked by all the girls. But even though he had charisma he was humble. George was 13 when he moved to Averill Park from Massachusetts. He had just lost his father. About six years earlier, while attending Washington Community Elementary School in Massachusetts he were asked what he wanted to do when he grew up. George said he wanted to be a soldier. Less than two decades later George fulfilled his wish when he enlisted in the US Army. He went on to command three reconnaissance missions and was awarded 26 medals, including the Distinguished Service Cross, two Silver Stars, a Bronze Star, Legion of Merit and Presidential Unit Citation. Quamo commandeered a reconnaissance mission Feb. 7, 1968 in Lang Vei that saved the lives of 14 of his men. He was relentless, even acting without proper authority, when he ordered Marine helicopters into an area that was under siege by North Korean forces. If that mission hadn't been successful he would probably have been court marshaled. Quamo was killed when the helicopter he was traveling in crashed outside of Laos. Because he served with the Special Forces his missions were classified. Friends and relatives knew very little about his heroics until well after the time of his presumed death on April 14, 1968. Six years later his remains were discovered and returned to the US for burial. The Averill Park School District awarded a first-ever Major George Quamo Scholarship to recipient Michael Fil in 2006. At the time Fil was presented the award, he admitted he didn't know who Quamo was. Matthew McKeeby, his English teacher, gave him a reading assignment to bring him up to speed. A leader and a hero, Maj. George Quamo established himself as one of the Army's most highly respected field commanders. Having already received 26 medals for his service in Vietnam it is fitting that Maj. Quamo's hometown post office will now bear his name. There was placement of a bronze plaque bearing words about Quamo's legacy. 
 
Burial:
Arlington National Cemetery
Arlington
Arlington County
Virginia, USA
Plot: Section 11, Site 854-B-1
 
Created by: Elizabeth Reed
Record added: Jul 10, 2006
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Maj George Quamo
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Maj George Quamo
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