35th Infantry (Cacti) Regiment Association

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  PFC Quinn William Tichenor    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"

Alpha Company
1st 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 Quinn William Tichenor, who died in the service of his country on November 9th, 1967 in Quang Nam Province, Vietnam. The cause of death was listed as Small Arms/AW. At the time of his death Quinn was 23 years of age. He was from Louisville, Kentucky. Quinn is honored on the Vietnam Veterans Memorial at Panel 29E, Line 63.

The decorations earned by PFC Quinn William Tichenor include: the Combat Infantryman Badge, the Bronze Star with V, 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.

Quinn was a gentle soul. I am not certain he belonged in the infantry; but he tried. The body mix-up was a shame and a final indignity for Quinn, his family, and his comrades who loved him. I have never forgotten him or that terrible day.

Dick Arnold
(His BSV Citation)

Award Of The Bronze Star Medal For Heroism

For heroism in connection with military operations against a hostile force in the Republic of Vietnam. Private First Class Tichenor distinguished himself by valorous actions while serving as a Rifleman in Company A, 1/35th Infantry. On November 9 1967, Company A was conducting a search and destroy operation near Thon Hai when it was engaged by an estimated two NVA companies using machine guns and small arms. The heavy barrage of fire was received as the company approached a fork of a river. Private First Class Tichenor spotted an enemy bunker and immediately, with complete disregards for his own safety, assaulted the position. He was able to neutralize and silence the enemy by hurling a hand grenade. But in doing so, he was mortally wounded. Private First Class Tichenor's courage, professionalism, and self-sacrificing devotion to duty are in keeping with the highest traditions of the military service and reflect great credit upon himself, his unit, and the United States Army.