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William Wilson Quinn

Lieutenant General William Wilson "Buffalo Bill" Quinn (November 1, 1907 – September 11, 2000)[1][2] was a United States Army officer, who served in intelligence during World War II. Born in Crisfield, Somerset, Maryland and a 1933 graduate of West Point, Quinn retired as a lieutenant general on March 1, 1966 as the commanding general of the Seventh United States Army. He died in Washington, DC at Walter Reed Army Hospital at 92 years old.[3]

William Wilson Quinn
Lt. Gen. William W. Quinn.jpg
Director of the Strategic Services Unit
In office
April 3, 1946 – June 30, 1947
President Harry Truman
Preceded by John Magruder
Succeeded by Position abolished
Personal details
Born (1907-11-01)November 1, 1907
Crisfield, Maryland, U.S.
Died September 11, 2000(2000-09-11) (aged 92)
Washington, D.C., U.S.
Resting place Arlington National Cemetery
Education St. John's College, Maryland
United States Military Academy (BS)
Military service
Nickname(s) "Buffalo Bill"
Allegiance  United States
Service/branch  United States Army
Years of service 1930–1966
Rank US-O9 insignia.svg Lieutenant General
Unit United States Army Europe
17th Infantry Regiment
Commands 34th Infantry Regiment
17th Infantry Regiment
United States Army Europe
7th Army
Battles/wars World War II
 • Operation Dragoon
 • Siegfried Line Campaign
 • Battle of the Bulge
 • Siege of Bastogne
 • Operation Nordwind
Korean War
 • Battle of Inchon
Vietnam War
Awards Army Distinguished Service Medal
Silver Star
Legion of Merit
Bronze Star Medal
Purple Heart
Legion of Honour (France)
Croix de guerre (France)
Order of St. George (Russia)
Gallantry Cross (Vietnam)



Quinn graduated from Crisfield High with the class of 1925 and then from United States Military Academy with the class of 1933, and in 1938 attended United States Army Infantry School. In 1942 he graduated from Command and General Staff College. In August 1947 he graduated from the National War College.[4]

Commands HeldEdit

From 1933–1935 at Fort McKinley Quinn was the commanding officer of Company L. 1935–1936 General Quinn was assigned to Company D and then from 1936–1938 assigned to the Headquarters Company of the 31st Infantry. In 1940 he was the Command of Headquarters Company of the 4th Infantry Division, and the Commanding Officers of Company D, 8th Infantry Division. In July 1942 he became the United States Chief of Staff of the G-2 IV Army Corps. In 1949 Quinn was the Commanding Officer of the Far East 3rd Battalion, 34th Infantry Division. In April 1949 he became Chief of the Training Sub-section, I Corps. In January 1950 he became the Assistant Chief of Staff of the G-3 I Corps from February to March. In January 1951, Quinn was the Commanding Officer of the 17th Infantry, 7th Division in Korea. In 1952 Quinn became the Deputy Chief of Staff of the Pentagon and Deputy Chief of Staff for Planning Coordination of the Office of Chief of Staff, and then eventually became the Chief of Staff of the Pentagon. In 1953 Quinn was transferred to Greece and to be the Head of the Army Section, Joint Military Aid Group to Greece. In January 1957 he was the Commanding Officer of the 4th Infantry Division of the Strategic Army Corps at Fort Lewis. In July 1958 he became the Deputy Chief of Staff for the G-2 Intelligence of the United States Army. From 1959–1961, Quinn served as the Army's Chief of Information, and in 1959 he became the Chief of Public Information of the Department of the Army. In 1961 Quinn became the Deputy Director of the Defence Intelligence Agency and promoted to Lieutenant General. From 1964–1966, Quinn was the Commanding General of the United States Army Europe and Seventh United States Army, commonly referred to as 7th Army, in Stuttgart-Vaihingen, Germany. On March 1, 1966 Quinn retired but became Honorary Colonel of the 17th Infantry, The Buffalos. He was chief of operations of the CIA.[5][6][7][8]

World War IIEdit

Quinn participated in the Battle of the Bulge, Operation Dragoon and on January 1, 1945 he was part of Operation Northwind.[9]


Quinn was in Korea from 1951 to 1952 and in August 1951 Quinn was wounded in Korea. While in Korea he won and was awarded the Silver Star, Legion of Merit and the Bronze Star with the "V" Device. He was also in the Battle of Inchon. While he was in Korea he was the commanding Officer of the 17th Infantry Regiment which was part of the 7th Infantry Division (the 17th Infantry was, and still is, nicknamed "the Buffalo's").[10]


He was Vice President of the Aerospace Group program at Martin Marietta Corporation until 1972; and then afterwards he established Quinn Associates, a consulting firm.[11]

Awards and decorationsEdit


Quinn was married to Sara Bette Williams, who is buried next to him at Arlington National Cemetery. Together they had three children: Donna, William Jr., and Sally Quinn.


  1. ^ "William W. Quinn, 92, General and Former Intelligence Officer". The New York Times. Retrieved 16 November 2012.
  2. ^ Anderson, John. "Gen William Wilson Quinn". Find A Grave. Retrieved 16 November 2012.
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  5. ^ "William W. Quinn, 92, General and Former Intelligence Officer". New York Times. Retrieved 24 December 2012.
  6. ^ "Lt. Gen. William W. Quinn; Helped Established CIA". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 24 December 2012.
  7. ^ "Mike Goodson: Up to the Challenge". The Gasden Times.
  8. ^ "William Wilson Quinn". Arlington National Cemetery.
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  12. ^ Quinn image JBLM
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