By Pam Harnden, Staff Writer
LIVERMORE FALLS — Ed Quinn is using his woodworking skills to draw attention to Veterans, especially those exposed to Agent Orange.
He recently used patterns to create life-size silhouettes of a soldier’s boots, gun and helmet plus a soldier kneeling while holding his gun. He has also created a wooden American flag and a POW-MIA flag that is posted on his barn.
Quinn was in the Air Force from 1966-1970. A sergeant, he served with the air police and was stationed in Clovis, New Mexico; Dover Air Force Base, Delaware, and in Viet Nam.
While in Viet Nam, he flew a B-52. On one flight he asked why all of the foliage was down.
“I was told it was sprayed so we could see the Vietnamese,” he said.
Quinn recalled the time he flew in to a tunnel where Vietnamese were hiding.
“I told my buddy to shoot his bazooka. We got them,” he said.
Quinn was declared disabled as a result to his exposure to Agent Orange in 1976. There is no cure.
He joined American Legion George Bunten Post 10 in Livermore Falls five years ago. He plans to march in the Memorial Day parade before going to Sanford to place a Veteran’s marker on his uncle’s grave.
“He died in Iwo Jima. Don Simoneau gave me a marker. There was no marker,” Quinn said.
Quinn has been involved with woodworking for about 10 years. He has a wood shop downstairs in his home. He would make silhouettes for others.
For more information call Quinn, 897-2290.