134th Infantry Regiment
"All Hell Can't Stop Us"
T/Sgt William T. Quillen
Germany, March 1945
Nice, France June 1945Nice, France June 1945
T/Sgt Quillen was wounded in action on 11/13/1944 and returned to duty 1/9/1945. He received the Bronze Star Medal for his actions on 11/13/1944, protecting his platoon during an attack on a village in France.
Bronze Star Medal Citation
Private First Class William T. Quillen, 35779682, Infantry, United States Army, for heroic service in connection with military operations against an enemy of the United States in the vicinity of *** France on 13 November 1944. Private Quillen, a rifleman, was wounded by sniper fire as he crossed a street in the village of *** France to cover his platoon's crossing of the street. He continued across the street, gained cover, located the enemy sniper and killed him with rifle fire. He then kept up a rapid covering fire, enabling the remainder of the platoon to cross the street and gain cover. He refused treatment for his wound until all others in the platoon had received first aid. His courageous devotion to duty reflects credit upon his character as a soldier. Entered military service from Kentucky.
Headquarters 35th Infantry Division, General Orders Number 56, 12 December 1944
Top row - left to right, James Miller, William Quillen, Langley Wolfe, and Charles Miller, Jr.
Bottom row - left to right, Elwood Madden, Jasper Wayne Miller, and Boone Bradley.
The men in this photo are all from Greenup County, KY. William Quillen was the youngest. He volunteered so that he could go with the group. William Quillen, James Miller, Charles Miller, Jr., and Jasper Wayne Miller are all related. Charles Miller, Jr. was a paratrooper killed in action in Belgium, 1/3/1945. Jasper Wayne Miller (possibly 28th Division?) suffered frozen feet in the Hutgren Forest. Elwood Madden served in the 287th Combat Engineers, 3rd Army. Langley Wolfe (unit unknown) was killed in action.
T/Sgt Willaim Quillen was promoted to Staff Sergeant in January 1945 and to Tech Sergeant in June. T/Sgt Quillen returned to the U.S. with the 134th Infantry Regiment on September 5, 1945 and was married in November 1945. William Quillen was killed on a farm tractor in October 1998.
Thanks to Mr. Larry D. Quillen, the son of T/Sgt William T. Quillen, for submitting these pictures and information.