The above picture is me in February 1997 at the 43d AG Battalion (Reception) at Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri, after I arrived there for basic combat training.
I just want to take a minute to thank all of my brothers and sisters who have served going back to the dawn of the Republic.
That includes my dad, Paul James Quinton, Jr.(Army National Guard), and his dad Paul James Quinton, Sr. (Army National Guard early in WWII.) Additionally, my great-uncle William B. Quinton served in the Army in Europe during WWII and during the Korean War. Additionally, John Killian, who is a direct ancestor, served in a North Carolina regiment during the American Revolution.
Additionally, I want to thank all of the friends I’ve made through blogging who served including James Joyner, Matt Burden, Phil Carter, Joe Carter, John Donovan, Chris Short, Marcus Penn, and everyone else I might have missed.
I also want to thank everyone I served with in the 218th MI Company and 1-263 ADA Battalion.
Any other words I could say here would be lacking so I’m going to include some famous ones from others.
Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.
Winston Churchill in 1940
Never in the field of human conflict was so much owed by so many to so few
Henry V by William Shakespeare
But we in it shall be remembered-
We few, we happy few, we band of brothers;
For he to-day that sheds his blood with me
Shall be my brother; be he ne’er so vile,..
In Flanders Fields by John McCrae
In Flanders fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses, row on row,
That mark our place; and in the sky
The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.
We are the Dead. Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved and were loved, and now we lie
In Flanders fields.
Take up our quarrel with the foe:
To you from failing hands we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high.
If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
In Flanders fields.
It Is the Soldier by Charles M. Province
It is the Soldier, not the minister
Who has given us freedom of religion.
It is the Soldier, not the reporter
Who has given us freedom of the press.
It is the Soldier, not the poet
Who has given us freedom of speech.
It is the Soldier, not the campus organizer
Who has given us freedom to protest.
It is the Soldier, not the lawyer
Who has given us the right to a fair trial.
It is the Soldier, not the politician
Who has given us the right to vote.
It is the Soldier who salutes the flag,
Who serves beneath the flag,
And whose coffin is draped by the flag,
Who allows the protester to burn the flag.
Quinton is a native South Carolinian who has lived in Baltimore since 2006. He is a recent convert to the Catholic Church and is active in the Knights of Columbus. He has been involved in the pro-life movement nationally and locally since 2010.
Quinton is a veteran who served as an intelligence analyst in the Army National Guard. He is also an Eagle Scout.