A Fort Carson Green Beret killed in Afghanistan was remembered by a packed house of mourners Tuesday for his unbridled enthusiasm for life.
Staff Sgt. Patrick H. Quinn, 26, of Quarryville, Pa., was killed Oct. 13 in Paktika province when his base was attacked by enemy small-arms fire, according to the Department of Defense.
Quinn, who was assigned to the 10th Special Forces Group's 3rd Battalion, was a seven-year veteran of the Army but new to the Special Forces community and Fort Carson.
Quinn earned his Green Beret this year and in July transferred to Fort Carson, where he was a Special Forces engineer sergeant.
In August, Quinn deployed to Afghanistan, said Maj. Aram Donigian, a spokesman for the 10th Special Forces Group.
A fellow Green Beret who was not at Tuesday's ceremony endearingly recalled the former infantryman as a "stubborn Irishman" and loyal friend with a penchant for root beer, according to Quinn's company commander.
Quinn met challenges with resolve and a smile. He was so proud of his newly earned Green Beret that he would sit in his house in shorts, a T-shirt and the coveted piece of headgear, the commander added.
Capt. Troy Bates, chaplain for the 3rd Battalion, spoke of Quinn as a man of faith.
Bates encouraged mourners, who lined the back and sides of the sanctuary when all seats were taken, to "let not your hearts be troubled."
"There is hope, there is life after death," Bates said. "And yet, on our side, we mourn."
Quinn will go down in the annals of the 10th Special Forces Group as a man who "did what he could and ended up becoming a hero."
"His life, however short, shone so brightly - so as in life, also in death," Bates said.
Bates encouraged mourners to "run with endurance the race set before" them, knowing that Quinn is watching.
"We will not just remember that a great man died, but we will remember that a great man lived," Bates said.
Quinn's awards include four Army Commendation Medals, the Army Achievement Medal, Special Forces Tab, Parachutist Badge and the Combat Infantryman's Badge.
He was posthumously awarded the Purple Heart, Bronze Star Medal, Afghanistan Campaign Medal and NATO Medal.
Quinn is survived by his wife and their three sons.