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  PFC Joseph G L Quirion Jr.    In memory of our fallen brother

"We few, we happy few, we band of brothers; for he to-day that sheds his blood with me shall be my brother"

Delta Company
2nd Battalion
35th Infantry Regiment

Vietnam War

"Not For Fame or Reward
Not For Place or For Rank
But In Simple Obedience To
Duty as They Understood It"

National Defense Service Medal Vietnam Service Medal Vietnam Campaign Medal Vietnam Campaign Medal

The 35th Infantry Regiment Association salutes our fallen brother, PFC Joseph G L Quirion Jr., who died in the service of his country on April 3rd, 1968 in Kontum Province, Vietnam. The cause of death was listed as Multi-Frag. At the time of his death Joseph was 19 years of age. He was from Skowhegan, Maine. Joseph is honored on the Vietnam Veterans Memorial at Panel 47E, Line 53.

The decorations earned by PFC Joseph G L Quirion Jr. include: the Combat Infantryman Badge, the Purple Heart, the National Defense Service Medal, the Vietnam Service Medal, the Vietnam Campaign Medal and the Vietnam Cross of Gallantry with Palm Unit Citation.

"This is from someone who grew up knowing the Quirion family. Their door was always open to us neighbor kids, they had one of the first t.v.'s in the neighborhood, and we were always there it seems. His parent's were two of the nicest people you could meet, and still are." Chester 'Chet' Messer 47 Eames Hill Rd. Madison, Me. 04950

"East Madison has suffered but one comabt death in all wars fought by the United States. That town's lone casualty is Joseph Quirion, who died at 19 in Vietnam. When it happened back in 1968, townspeople erected a flapole and marker of stone and brass in the center of their small village.To this day, residents of the village place a wreath on the monument."

"He was a quiet and unassuming young man", recalls Alec Richard, a retired principal from Madison High School who spoke at ceremonies dedicating the monument.

Joseph is buried in Southside Cemetery, Skowhegan, ME