- Second World War (1939-1945)
- Third Marine Raider Battalion, V Amphibious Corps, U.S. Marine Corps (Third Marine Raider Battalion, V Amphibious Corps, U.S. Marine Corps)
- Awarded on:
- July 29th, 1944
"For extraordinary heroism and devotion to duty while serving with the Third Marine Raider Battalion during action against enemy Japanese forces at Empress Augusta Bay, Bougainville, Solomon Islands, on 9 November 1943. While his platoon was engaged in the defense of a vital road block near Empress Augusta Bay, Corporal Quirk commanded a squad attacking a series of machine-gun nests which the enemy had established within thirty yards of the Marine block. Although wounded four times in the terrific exchange of fire, he not only refused evacuation but also led his men in a bold assault against one of the key nests, courageously destroying the enemy and enabling his platoon to advance on the others in the area. His grim determination and aggressive fighting spirit, maintained with utter disregard of personal safety, were in keeping with the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service."
SPOT AWARD: Serial 0055 (SofN Signed July 29, 1944)