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Lancaster County soldier dies in Afghanistan

Updated: Tuesday, October 15 2013, 01:21 PM CDT
The Department of Defense announced the death of a Lancaster County soldier who was supporting Operation Enduring Freedom.

Staff Sgt. Patrick H. Quinn, 26, of Quarryville, PA, died Oct. 13, in Paktika Province, Afghanistan, of injuries sustained when the enemy attacked his base with small arms fire.

He was assigned to 3rd Battalion, 10th Special Forces Group, Fort Carson, Colorado.

Quinn was born in Delaware but called Quarryville, Lancaster County home.  He enlisted as an infantryman in the U.S. Army in July 2006. Upon completion of his initial training, he was assigned to 1st Battalion, 5th Infantry Regiment at Fort Wainwright, Alaska. He continued his service with 1st Battalion, 35th Armor Regiment at Fort Bliss, Texas. Quinn completed a combat deployment to Iraq from September 2008 to August 2009.

After his assignment at Fort Bliss, Quinn volunteered for the Special Forces Assessment and Selection. He graduated from the Special Forces Qualification Course in 2013. His first assignment as a Green Beret was as an engineer sergeant with 3rd Battalion, 10th Special Forces Group (Airborne) at Fort Carson, Colo., where he served on a Special Forces team.  He was killed in action while conducting combat operations with his team in Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.

Quinn’s military education includes the Northern Warfare Course, Combatives Level 2, Combat Life Saver Course, Warrior Leader Course, Advanced Leader Course, Basic Military Mountaineering School, Airborne School, and the Special Forces Qualification Course.
His awards and decorations include four Army Commendation Medals, the Army Achievement Medal, Meritorious Unit Commendation, two Army Good Conduct Medals, the National Defense Service Medal, the Iraq Campaign Medal (with 2 Campaign Stars), the Global War on Terror Service Medal, two Noncommissioned Officer Professional Development Ribbons, the Army Service Ribbon, two Overseas Service Ribbons, Special Forces Tab, Parachutist Badge, and the Combat Infantryman's Badge.

Quinn was posthumously awarded the Purple Heart, the Bronze Star Medal, the Afghanistan Campaign Medal (with Campaign Star), and the NATO Medal.

He is survived by his wife and their three sons.
Lancaster County soldier dies in Afghanistan

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