1SGT David Harvey Quinn

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1SGT David Harvey Quinn

Temple, Hillsborough County, New Hampshire, USA
Death 20 Nov 1943 (aged 24)
Tarawa, Gilbert Islands, Kiribati
Burial Temple, Hillsborough County, New Hampshire, USA
Memorial ID 150702892 · View Source
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Born and raised in Temple, NH, David Harvey Quinn was the 4th of 9 children born to George Whitney & Kittie Evelyn (Edwards) Quinn. "3rd Generation Irish", David's father was also the 2nd Park Manager of Monadnock State Park and his mother worked at the park often as well. He enjoyed his times there immensely.

On May the 24th of 1941, David enlisted in the United States Marine Corps Reserves. He spent time at Parris Island, SC and Quantico, VA prior to being sent to Dunedin, Florida later that year to learn about the unit's amtracks and LVT. Before leaving Florida, David would be promoted to Corporal and while in San Diego in early 1942 he made Sergeat. He would make 1st Sergeant before landing on the beaches of Guadalcanal. Following the fighting in the Solomons, the Marines and Corpsmen were sent to Wellington, New Zealand for some much needed R&R and to prepare for whatever lay ahead; it was there that Sgt Quinn met and wed the lovely Miss Zoe Margaret Boeson.

1Sgt Quinn was with his brothers in 2nd Amphibious Tractor Battalion of the 2nd Marine Division when they landed on Betio. The mission of Operation Galvanic was to secure the island in order to control the Japanese airstrip in the Tarawa Atoll; thereby preventing the Japanese Imperial forces from getting closer to the United States, and enabling US forces to get closer to mainland Japan. It would become one of the bloodiest battles in the Corps history.

It was November 20th (D-Day for the "Battle of Tarawa"), when young David - just 24 years old - was mortally wounded by an exploding enemy shell during the first wave of the assault.

In October 2016, DPAA disinterred Tarawa Unknown X-115 from the Punchbowl and sent the remains to the laboratory for analysis.

To identify Quinn's remains, scientists from DPAA and the Armed Forces Medical Examiner System used mitochondrial (mtDNA) DNA analysis, dental and anthropological analysis, as well as circumstantial evidence.

A dignified transfer will take place at Logan Airport on May 4, 2018, with funeral services held at the Congregational Church of Temple on May 5.

DPAA is grateful to the Department of Veterans Affairs for their partnership in this mission.

A memorial marker was previously placed here by David's family, in hopes that his remains would one day be found and returned home. For 70 years, David's remained buried on that island where he and so many of his brothers-in-arms fell.

1Sgt Quinn's name is also memorialized among the Tablets of the Missing in Honolulu, Hawaii (56112267).

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MAR 18 1919 NOV 20 1943

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  • Find A Grave Memorial 150702892
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for 1SGT David Harvey Quinn (18 Mar 1919–20 Nov 1943), Find A Grave Memorial no. 150702892, citing Miller Cemetery, Temple, Hillsborough County, New Hampshire, USA ; Maintained by JSMorrison (contributor 47978427) .