Black Hawk County

Pvt. Donald F. Quinn




D. F. Quinn Is Missing

Pvt. Donald F. Quinn, 26, has been missing in action over Germany since Feb. 2, according to a war department telegram received Friday by his wife, Mrs. Milree Quinn, who with her daughter, Donna Kay, 4, resides at 1103 West Mullan avenue. Private Quinn’s parents, Mr. and Mrs. L. C. Quinn, reside at 1253 Logan avenue.

Private Quinn entered army service last July 18, and has been overseas since early January. He was serving with the glider infantry forces according to the last direct word from him. He was employed at the Miller Motor Co. here before entering service.

A brother, Robert L. Quinn, was killed in action in France on July 6, 1944.

Source: Waterloo Daily Courier, Waterloo, Iowa, Friday, February 23, 1945, Page16

Donald Quinn Dead;
Had Been Missing

Pvt. Donald F. Quinn, 26, who was previously reported missing over Germany since Feb. 2, was killed in action that day while serving with a glider infantry unit, a war department telegram Thursday advised his wife, of 1103 West Mullan avenue.

He is the second son of Leonard C. Quinn, 1251 Logan avenue, to be killed in action. A brother, Pvt. Robert L. Quinn, was killed July 6, 1944, while serving with the infantry in France.

Donald F. Quinn had been serving overseas since the first part of January, 1945, after entering the service July 18, 1944. He was stationed at Little Rock, Ark., for his basic infantry and glider trainer.

Before entering service he was employed by the Miller Motor Co. here. He attended Our Lady of Victory academy.

Born July 18, 1917, in Waterloo, the son of Leonard C. and Gertrude Warthen Quinn, he married Milree Lawson June 11, 1939, in Des Moines. They made their home here.

Besides his brother, Robert, he was preceded in death by his mother in 1931.

Surviving besides his wife and father are a daughter, Donna Kay, 4, his stepmother, and two brothers, Sgt. Leo E. Quinn, with an ordnance depot company in the Philippines, and Earl J. Quinn, fire controlman second class, now hospitalized in Brooklyn, N. Y. after two years service overseas.

Source: Waterloo Daily Courier, Waterloo, Iowa, Friday, March 09, 1945, Page 1 (photo included)

Donald Francis Quinn was born July 18, 1918 to Leonard C. and Gertrude W. Quinn. He died Feb. 2, 1945 and is buried in Netherlands American Cemetery, Margraten, Netherlands.

Pvt. Quinn served in World War II with the U.S. Army 401st Glider Infantry Regiment, 101st Airborne Division and was KIA near Alsace, France. He was awarded the Purple Heart.

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