Veteran honored at school board meeting
● By Steven Hoffman
In an ongoing effort by the Oxford School Board to recognize veterans, World War II veteran, 96-year-old Dick Quinn was present at the January 21 meeting to lead everyone in a salute to the flag.
Quinn was born in Schuykill Haven, Pa. and graduated from high school in 1941. Following the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor on December 7 of that year, and America’s entry in World War II, Quinn enlisted in the Navy and was assigned to the Naval Armed Guard.
Quinn served as a gunner aboard USS Carolinian from May of 1943 to April of 1944, the USAT Thomas H. Barry from April of 1944 to March of 1945, and the USS William Crane Gray in April and May of 1945.
After his military service, Quinn worked for Goodyear for 32 years, and he and his late wife Connie were married for 73 years. They raised two sons, Richard and Jack, and have four grandchildren – Mark, Melissa, Jacqueline and Kenneth and six great-grandchildren, Kevin, Jake and Kylie, who are students at Oxford and Gabriel, Gavin and Gabriella.
Quinn will celebrate his 97th birthday on April 8.
School Board President Joseph Tighe said, “On behalf of the School Board and Administration, I want to thank Mr. Quinn for his service to our nation and his contributions to the Oxford community.”