February 25, 2012

Michael Quin

Capt. Michael M. Quin, age 28, of Purcellville, Virginia, died on February 22, 2012, near Yuma, Arizona. 

Two helicopters were flying in a remote area of the 1.2 million-acre Yuma Training Range Complex as part of a training exercise, when they collided, killing 7 men aboard.

After graduating from the Naval Academy in 2006, Michael was commissioned as a second lieutenant in the Marine Corps. He attended flight school in Pensacola, Florida, and in 2008 was “winged” as a naval aviator. He was assigned to a Marine Light Attack Helicopter Squadron, HMLA 469, based at Camp Pendleton, California.

He was preparing to be deployed to Afghanistan this spring and was looking forward to the mission. 
Father, place Michael on the
stairway to Heaven

His personal awards include the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal (second award), National Defense Service Medal and Global War on Terrorism Service Medal.

High school officials describe him as an outstanding young man. 

Family members describe him as a perfect son, who was self-motivated and respectful of others, who had an ardent desire to serve his country. They also said that he had a great love for his family and was faithful and loyal to others. 

Michael is survived by many loving friends and relatives including his father, Bradley Quin; his mother, Betsy Quin, and two younger sisters, Phoebe Quin and Sarah Quin; and his fiancee Kate Richardson. 

Let us pray to God the Father, Jesus, all of the saints and all of the angels that Michael Quin is in heaven. Let us pray that he is at peace and is with God. Amen

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