Sgt. Adam D. Quinn
United States Army
KIA 06 October 2007, Afghanistan
FORT BRAGG, N.C. — An 82nd Airborne Division Paratrooper died of wounds sustained when a
vehicle-borne improvised explosive device detonated near the vehicle he was in, near Kabul,
Afghanistan, Saturday.

Cpl.. Adam D. Quinn, 22, of Orange City, Fla., was an automation specialist with Headquarters and
Headquarters Company, 82nd Abn. Div.

“We went everywhere together,” said Spc. Derrick Rice, an infantryman with HHC and Quinn’s best
friend here.

“He was definitely a good guy, very likeable,” he said.  “We used to joke that he was my voice
because I couldn’t really talk to people.  He was really good at talking to people; he was a real
people person.”
Quinn’s charismatic and outgoing personality was noted by both his leaders and friends.

"(Corpral) Quinn was extremely popular and respected by his peers and superiors alike,” said
Capt. Eric Von Fischer-Benzon, HHC company commander.   “To him, nothing was a bother and
helping out a fellow Soldier or civilian was a genuine pleasure for him."

"Adam loved to joke around and just have fun. It didn’t seem like much ever got him down,” said
Spc. Shawn Dempsey, a friend of Quinn. “If he saw you down, he knew just what to say to get you
back in a good mood."

Sgt. Maj. Curtis Regan, the operations sergeant major for the 82nd Airborne Division, noted Quinn’
s contribution to the Army.

“(Cpl.) Quinn was the kind of Soldier that made you look forward to coming to work each morning,”
Regan said. “There was something about him and the expression on his face that made you feel
good about being a Soldier yourself, and as a leader, left you feeling that the institutional soul of
the Army was in good hands. He had that impact on everyone around him, and he will be sorely
missed.”

Quinn joined the Army in August 2003.  He completed Basic Combat Training at Fort Leonard Wood,
Mo., in October 2003, Advanced Individual Training at Fort Gordon, Ga., in April 2004, and the Basic
Airborne Course at Fort Benning, Ga., in May 2004.  

He arrived to the 82nd Abn. Div. in August 2004 and was assigned to the Division Headquarters.
“(Cpl.) Quinn was admired by his peers and superiors and will be greatly missed.  He always gave
100 percent to everything he did,” said 1st Sgt. Christopher McKnight, the HHC first sergeant. “The
loss of this Paratrooper will be felt across the company.”

Quinn’s awards and decorations include the Bronze Star Medal, the Purple Heart, the Joint Service
Commendation Medal, the Army Good Conduct Medal with, the National Defense Service Medal,
the Afghanistan Campaign Medal, the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, the Army Service
Ribbon, the NATO Medal, the Combat Action Badge and the Parachutist’s Badge.

Quinn is survived by his wife, Faye, from Guthrie, Okla., and his parents, Charles and Sherri Quinn,
both from Orange City, Fla.

A memorial ceremony will be held for Quinn in Afghanistan
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Memorial Page Established by-Chuck and Jill Kent-Wohlrab

Sgt. Adam Quinn, 22 years young, a computer systems
specialist with the 82nd Airborne, was killed in Afgahnistan on October 6.
He leaves behind his grieving family, including his parents, Sherri
and Chuck; his brother, Asa; and his wife, Faye, who is 5 months
pregnant.  "Daddy to be" on Myspace, Sgt. Quinn, excited about the birth of
his first child, died serving his country.

Adam has left an entire community grieving.  According to his high
school ROTC instuctor, Chief Master Sgt. Gary Cornwell, Adam "was a good
kid, always trying to do his best.  He served in several different
leadership roles, and he did well in all of them."

Asa, his brother, know that Adam died doing something that he loved.
"He loved doing what he was doing-jumping out of perfectly good planes.
Nobody will ever forget him, he made you laugh, he was a goofy kid."

"Quinn was the kind of soldier that made you look forward to coming to
work each morning.  There was something aout him and the expression on
his face that made youfeel good about being a soldier yourself, and, as
a leader, left you feeling tht the institutional soul of the Army was
in good hands.  He had that impact on everyone around him and he will
be sorely missed,"  relayed Sgt. Maj. Curtis Regan of the 82nd.

His company commander, Capt. Eric von Fischer-Benson, states that Adam
was "extremely popular and respected by his peers and superior alike.
To him, nothing was abother and helping out a fellow soldier or civilian
was a genuine pleasure for him".

Faye, his wife, has shared these thoughts - "My darling husband, it's
still so surreal that you have moved on to be with your grandfathers.  I
hoped it wouldn't be for another 50 years yet.  I cannot explain
enough how much I ache to be with you, to hear your voice, to feel our
touch, to see you smile and make me laugh.  I am so proud and honored to
have found you.  Say hello to my Auntie Carol and my grandparents up in
heaven; they'd be proud to finally meet the man who made my life beaming
with love, joy and laughter.  Stay nearby, my love.  I will see you
again someday."

Words cannot express our sorrow.  We have known Adam, Sherri, Chuck and
Asa for the past 15 years.  They are the kind of people that make the
world a better place.  Adam was- IS - a shining star and he will never
be forgotten.  Until we meet again, watch over us, Our Hero, Sgt. Adam
David Quinn.

July 16, 2012
Faye Quinn

It is going to be 5 years since Adam has died in October. I'm sure many of you who knew
Adam might have heard of me. His wife. The one who was carrying his only child. Our child.
Ronan Asa Quinn. He was born February 23, 2008. A healthy and strong boy, 8lbs 13 oz.
20.5 inches. Same weight and size Adam was when he was born.

I know many don't know much about me or where I stand when it comes to the
circumstances of what happend to Adam. Please know, I do not blame the military for what
happend to him. I do not have blame or resentment to the NCO who was in the same vehicle
that day the incident happend and he survived. I hope he and the medical staff who tried to
keep Adam alive know that I know they tried to do everything they could with what they had.
I want to thank the female Captain who was with him in his last moments and so grateful he
had someone he knew beside him as he began to slip away into the spirit world. Forgive me
if I do not mention names. Partly because I cannot remember exactly and the other part for
privacy's sake.

Adam died doing what he loved. He wanted to be remembered this way. One of his many
tattoos: Eat, Drink, and Be Merry. For Tomorrow We May Die. I am proud and honored to
have known such an amazing man who was not only my husband, but my best friend, the
one who knew me best. He was the yin to my yang. We balanced each other beautifully. He
loved me unconditionally as I always will with him.

I will always support the military. It never faltered even after losing Adam. He once told me
while he was deployed he married me knowing I was a strong woman and if anything were
to happen I would take care of things for him.

Some may know this. Some may not. The last time I spoke to him was on my 23rd birthday.
There was a strange part of me just before I got off the phone with him that day knowing
this was probably the last time I would ever speak to him. With tears flowing as I said
goodbye to him over the phone telling him over and over how much I love him and how
proud I am. I felt my heart ache not just from missing him, but knowing something was
going to happen. Not knowing when or how. Sadly, the night before I received the news I
was talking to my good friend, Phil. I was sick with worry. Knowing something was wrong. It
had been 3 weeks since I heard from Adam. About 11:00 p.m that night talking to Phil
fretting and crying...I felt my heart explode. Being short of breath, I knew something was
terribly wrong. After finding out the time frame of when the incident happened it was the
same time I felt my heart explode.

Needless to say the days, weeks and months after were very difficult. But the overwhelming
support from the 82nd Airborne Division has been amazing. I am grateful beyond words. My
CAO while I was in Florida deserves to be recognized as well, SFC Bridges. He understood
me very quickly and knew how to handle my personality just like Adam. To this day I believe
this CAO was my guardian angel. I truly believe Adam sent him to me knowing I would be a
mess, but definitely be putting up a fight. Through this very difficult time, I will always
remember him and be thankful for his kindness, respect and being there for me no matter
what. I am truly grateful.

Since Ronan has been born he has helped give me the strength to keep going. Knowing I
will be the one who will be telling him stories about his dad. How we met, the crazy things I
did to be with him. For example: Drive 6 hours to see him jump out of a plane at an air show
for 2 days. Out of those 2 days I actually got to see him for only 5 minutes. A month later, we
were engaged and then 45 days after that we got married.

I hope this gives reassurance or peace to those who knew Adam and where I stand. I will
always stand next to Adam. Never behind or in front of him. But supporting and loving him
unconditionally. Even beyond death.

Faye Quinn

January 13, 2012

Carlton MSgt (RET) USAF

I was an acquaintance of your son Adam at Baghram, AB, Afghanistan when I was there
from January to May 2007.  I wanted to share with you my remembrances of Adam.

We worked in the Joint Operations Command Center which Adam probably referred to as
the “JOCC”.  I was in the JOCC daily assisting the Army with their computer systems.  Adam
was a great soldier who was very professional and always in a good mood and cheerful.  
He loved what he was doing.

We found out about Adam’s death while attending the 101st Air Assault Division’s exercise
two weeks ago as they ramped up to take over the 82nd.  All of us from the 82nd who
worked with your son in the JOCC stopped and remembered your son.  Every person had
something positive to say and you could see the emotion swelling up in several soldiers’
eyes including senior officers as the news passed throughout the group.

I do not know what you know about Adam’s job at Bagram AB, Afghanistan because much
of the work in the JOCC is classified but I will tell you what he did was instrumental in the
success of the American forces in Afghanistan.  Had he not performed his job to the level of
excellence that he took so much pride in, a lot of people might have died.  His efforts not
only helped save American and Coalition lives but the lives of Afghani women and children.  
The women and children have suffered the most from the brutal assaults from the Taliban.
From my perspective, Adam was critical to the success of the mission.  I understand this
may not comfort you in your time of grief but I thought you should know.  Adam will be
missed.

January 1, 2012
Janell Kendall
I miss you. Thank you for always being a great friend. Your boy is growing up so fast. Sorry
I haven't made my way to Florida to see you. I don't even know where to start looking.
Thank you for that sacrifice. We all miss you. The world lost one hell of a light when you left.
Keep us all safe brother.

December 17, 2011
Lonie Rosekelly
Everytime I find myself missing you i just remember you and GE off at the graduation
luncheon. I don't think their could have been a room full of people that were prouder than
you two young men. We all know that you were headed to the think you most wanted to do
in your life. Don't ever think that your sacrifice will be forgotten because your lives live in all
of us. WE miss you but know when the time is right we will all be together. Love you

October 06, 2011
Matthew Carson

To the Quinn Family-

You are in my thoughts and prayers on this day. I often think of Adam and will NEVER forget
him or his sacrifice.   

John 15: 13

Matthew Carson
HHC, 82nd ABN DIV
Afghanistan 2007-08

August 23, 2011
Roderick Baker
Gone but not forgotten; I will never forget you and your upbeat attitude. It was truly an
honor to serve with you in Afghanistan.

Memorial Day 2011
Nicole Durr
Our memories will not be lost of you. We will never forget him.

January 22, 2011
belinda nice
We miss you and love you

September 16, 2010
SFC Randy White
I only new CPL Quinn for a short time on camp Eggers. SSG Young, SPC Smallwood SGT
Coney and others from 518th (TIN) Company Fort Gordon had hung out at the MWR and
had lunch with CPL Quinn and his leadership on a daily bases. He was a good kid and like
to joke like the rest of us. My God bless his family!!!!!!!!!!!!

September 07, 2010
Debra Owens
Adam I did not know you very well, but I do know this you are truly a paratrooper and you
are missed, you are in a better place and may God be with your family... and Adam Airborne
all the way..........

Memorial  Day
May 31, 2010
Charles Asbornsen, SGT, HHC, 82nd ABN Div, 2005-2006
On this Memorial Day, I just want to remind myself of all those who have fallen who I knew
and admired.  Adam was an intelligent and sensitive young man, full of promise and spirit.  I
miss him and all my other buds who didn't make it home and I will see him on the other side.

November 17, 2009
Ryan Wagner
SGT Quinn was the first face I saw as I went to my first unit back in 2004.  I was picked up by
my Unit's Operations Specialist and there was then PFC Quinn ready to lend a helping
hand.  I was a bit scared of the unknown as this was my first assignment after training and
Airborne School.  I showed up, had to do the same song and dance as everyone else by
meeting the 1SG and CO, needless to say - I was a bit nervous.  SGT Quinn, as poised as
always, showed me the way.  Over the years with HHC of the 82nd Airborne Division, I had a
chance to work with him, jump with him, and ultimately serve with him.  His motivation, his
respect, and his love for his job, family, and country will never be forgotten.  He was a great
Soldier and a great man!  I think about him every single day.  God bless you SGT QUINN!  
You will always be missed!

July 10, 2009
Sgt Stephen Shelton
I was stationed there when it happened and can say the sorrow felt rippled through the
camp.  It is a privilege to serve with the few who are willing to sacrifice so much for the
better of others.  I am proud to call him brother.  We few, we happy few, we band of
brothers; For he to-day that sheds his blood with me shall be my brother.

December 3, 2008
Chuck  Quinn (Dad)
It's been well over a year since Adam was taken from us.
Sometimes I feel his presence when it's quiet and I'm alone.
Every day is a struggle but I know I'll see him soon.
People ask, "How are you doing?" You tell them fine or okay  just so you don't have to open
up and break down at the same time.
You put up these false fronts so that others will leave you alone.
You see and hear about so many others who have lost loved ones but you can never
imagine the depth of the pain.
It's been said that time heals all wounds.
Not this one.

It's a hell of a thing to kill a man. To take away all he has, all he'll ever have.

At least when the time comes I can tell his son, Ronan, all about his daddy when he was
young and growing up. Show him pictures, take him to the places his daddy went.
Let him know about the things that made Adam the man he is. His love of family, his Faith in
God, and love of the outdoors.
I'm sure I'll have plenty of help from his Momma and little brother too.

We all love Adam so very much and I want to thank all those who keep him close to their
heart too.

October 26, 2008
SGT Natalie Maria Russey
I first arrived at Fort Bragg in November of 2006. I
met Adam a few days later when I reported into my unit. I too was with
HHC 82nd ABN DIV. Everyday, I would leave the office where we worked
together at Ridgeway Hall to get a break from the office and he would be
outside laughing and joking. He was a great guy to be around and to laugh
with. I will remember him always. I remember he had told me before he
went home during the deployment that him and his wife were ready to
have a baby. I joked with him about it and we both laughed. I'm glad that
he has a child to carry on his proud name.
Sincerely,
SGT Natalie Russey

October 17, 2008
SGT Larry Oster
To the family of SGT Adam Quinn, I did not know this
young man until OCT 6, 2007, I might have saw him on camp and didn't
know him. I was on the team that responded to the happenings that dreadful
day. A day that I will live with until the end of time. Your son and
husband is a true Hero in every since of the word. God Bless each and
everyone one of you. I know that you keep his spirit alive as I do.

May 2, 2008
Benjamin D. Lewis
In Honor Of Adam D. Quinn

December 12, 2007
AMANDA MULLINS
I MET ADAM IN SEVENTH GRADE AT GALAXY MIDDLE SCHOOL
IN DELTONA, FLORIDA AND WE BECAME GOOD FRIENDS...TO BE HONEST, AT THE
TIME IN SEVENTH GRADE I HAD A CRUSH ON HIM. BUT AS THE TIME WENT ON WE
REALIZED THAT WE WERE BETTER OFF AS FRIENDS...HE WAS LIKE A BIG BROTHER
TO ME. I KNEW I COULD ALWAYS CALL HIM IF I NEEDED ADVICE OR JUST
SOMEONE TO TALK TO. HE WAS THE ONE PERSON I COULD ALWAYS RELY ON FOR
SUPPORT  IN ANYTHING THAT I DID. HE WAS THE ONE FRIEND THAT I TRUSTED WITH
ALL MY BEING.

EVEN AFTER MIDDLE SCHOOL, WHEN WE BOTH WENT TO DIFFERENT HIGH
SCHOOLS, HE WAS THERE FOR EVERY IMPORTANT MOMENT OF MY LIFE...EVERY
BIRTHDAY ESPECIALLY MY SWEET SIXTEEN, EVERY CHRISTMAS, MY GRADUATION...
AND ANY OTHER MOMENT THAT I NEEDED HIM TO BE THERE. ALTHOUGH WE LOST
TOUCH FOR A LITTLE WHILE WHEN HE FIRST JOINED THE MILITARY, HE WAS EVEN
THERE IN 2003 TO MEET MY NOW FIANCE, BOBBY. JUST TO HEAR THE FACT THAT HE
APPROVED OF HIM MEANT THE WORLD TO ME. THE FACT THAT HE THOUGHT THAT
BOBBY WAS RIGHT FOR ME WAS AMAZING...I JUST WISH THAT I COULD HAVE MET THE
LOVE OF HIS LIFE, FAYE. THE ONLY TIME THAT HE WAS NOT PRESENT AT AN
IMPORTANT EVENT WAS AT THE BIRTH OF MY TWO DAUGHTERS. AND EVEN THOUGH
HE WONT  PHYSICALLY BE AT MY WEDDING, I KNOW HE WILL BE THERE IN SPIRIT.

HE WAS MY BEST FRIEND...AND NOW MY HERO!!! HE WILL FOREVER BE IN MY
HEART AND HIS FAMILY WILL ALWAYS BE IN MY HEART TOO. YOU NEVER KNOW
WHAT YOU ARE MISSING UNTIL YOU HAVE LOST IT. THE THING THAT I REGRET IS
NOT BEING ABLE TO BE THERE AT HIS FUNERAL BECAUSE I MOVED OUT OF STATE
AND I DIDN'T KNOW TILL THE NIGHT BEFORE. I MISS HIM SO MUCH AND I KNOW
THAT HE IS WATCHING OVER ALL OF HIS FAMILY AND FRIENDS. AND I KNOW THAT I
WILL SEE HIM AGAIN SOME DAY. THANK YOU ADAM FOR BEING SUCH A WONDERFUL
FRIEND TO ME.
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