- October 31, 1924 - January 21, 2009
- Virginia Beach, Virginia
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“Capt. Quisenberry was a fine Marine Officer. I became closely associated with him while stationed with Hq. Co. 3rd. Shore Party Bn. as the Company...Read More »
1 of 71 | Posted by: GySgt. C.R. Scroggins - Stafford, VA
“Jim had brought so much joy and happiness to me and my family. We lived next door to Jim and Diana in Dale City, Va. from 1979 to 1984 and we all had...Read More »
2 of 71 | Posted by: Deborah Loos - Colorado Springs, CO
“I'm the daughter of Roman E. Lewis of Chesapeake, Ohio. As a 20-year Air Force officer I can appreciate the sacrifice and devotion of Col...Read More »
3 of 71 | Posted by: Paula Bissonette - San Antonio, TX
“Dear Diana and family,
"Fair winds and following seas" to you and yours. Our hearts go out to you and we'll keep you in our prayers. Jim was one of a...Read More »
4 of 71 | Posted by: Bruce and Audrey Smith - Bemidji, MN
“Dear Diana and Family,
I am so sorry for your lost. Rice was a one of a kind. When he came to visit us he would light up the room with his great...Read More »
5 of 71 | Posted by: Crissy Long - Gaithersburg, MD
“Diane, My wife Dorothy and I send our deepest condolences on the passing of "Q". I never served with him, but I had the honor and privilege of...Read More »
6 of 71 | Posted by: Lt Col and Mrs. Michael R. Getsey, USMC (Ret) - VA
“Diana and Family,our deepest sympathy. Col Q touched our lives in many ways. He was a great leader and a good friend to Betty and me. He will...Read More »
7 of 71 | Posted by: Thomas Hartshorn - Orlando, FL
“Served with Q in 2nd Composite Radio Company and 2nd Radio battalion. Will miss him.
8 of 71 | Posted by: Jim McCarty - Lenoir City, TN
“Carolyn, I am so sorry for you and your family. I will be keeping you in my prayers that God will wrap his arms of comfort around you. Most Sincerely...Read More »
9 of 71 | Posted by: Lisa Nitzel - Stow, OH
“Diana: Jeannie and I join with the other Ragbaggers is sending our condolences...our prayers are with you. We all share so many memories. Will be in...Read More »
10 of 71 | Posted by: Mike & Jeannie Whaley - Carlsbad, CA
“One of the most endearing friends we have ever known and loved. We share in the family's great sorrow. We have too many great memories over the years...Read More »
11 of 71 | Posted by: Don & Jewell Beck - CA
“Rice, Your family in Maryland and Virginia will miss you very much. Our thoughts and prayers are especially with Dianna and your children at this...Read More »
12 of 71 | Posted by: Drs. Daniel and Janet Jones - MD
“Thanks for the confidence you showed in a young SSgt in Viet Nam.
13 of 71 | Posted by: Howard Brower - Laughlin, NV
“"Q", you touched our lives and our hearts with your kindness, caring and wisdom, but in time, the Lord needs each of us and this time, He needed you....Read More »
14 of 71 | Posted by: Mary & Bob Steinheimer - MD
“I am so sorry for your loss. I only wish I had gotten to know Jim better during our seven years as neighbors in West Neck. We already feel his loss...Read More »
15 of 71 | Posted by: Jeff Barbour - Virginia Beach, VA
“My deepest sympathines for the family of Col Quisenberry. He was a great Marine and person. He will be sorely missed by all. Semper Fi "Q"
16 of 71 | Posted by: Art Kidd - Nashua, NH
“Cindy and I have been truly blessed to have had Jim (and Diana) as friends. Jim has been like a father to me, I've learned much from his wonderful...Read More »
17 of 71 | Posted by: Col & Mrs. Frank Cubillo, USMC - VA
“We miss you Q. Upon reporting to Q in Viet Nam in 68 he asked if I knew anything about a Comm Center.
I said I had been in one once. He told me...Read More »
18 of 71 | Posted by: E. L. Haney (Bill) - HI
“Diana Our hearts go out to to you. We have lost one of the great ones and a dear friend
19 of 71 | Posted by: Ben and Helen Basham - Warrenton, VA
“Rice, I always looked up to you and Dad for being Marines. We'll miss you very much. You'll be in our prayers. Love, Johnny & Peggy
20 of 71 | Posted by: John Murphy - Ft. Lauderdale, FL
“For all who knew him, he was the "Q". His sense of humor, his sly grin and his professionalism in his trade made a lasting mark on the cryptologic...Read More »
21 of 71 | Posted by: MajGen Don Lynch, USMC (Ret) - TX
“May he rest in peace and may the Lord watch over his wife Diana and children and all of his love ones.
J. J. Cihak SSgt 1964-1970
1st Rad Bn 1966 -...Read More »
22 of 71 | Posted by: John J. Cihak - Middle River, MD
“My husband, Don, is undoubtedly welcoming Jim up there in the Heavens. They served together in VietNam I believe. Don always spoke highly of Jim and...Read More »
23 of 71 | Posted by: Carol A. Kope - Oceanside, CA
“My thoughts and prayers go out to Diana, and my four cousins Jeff, Carolyn, Mary and Randy. Your father was a larger than life character, as you all...Read More »
24 of 71 | Posted by: David J Stellers - Bellevue, ID
“Our condolences to Diana And family. Col Q will be missed by all who knew and served with him.
25 of 71 | Posted by: Mr. and Mrs.Bill Baker - LA
“Rice taught us the importance of staying connected as a family. It meant a lot to him and we will miss him. With love, John and Audrey
26 of 71 | Posted by: John Shepherd - Davidsonville, MD
“Colonel, Thanks for your advice in June 1969 regarding serving with "your" Company
"L" marines Phubai RSVN.
Joseph G Hoover CDR USN (Ret.)
Belmont,...Read More »
27 of 71 | Posted by: Joseph G. Hoover - Belmont, NC
“Dear Diana, Our hearts go out to you and yours. Q was indeed one of a kind and will be deeply missed, may god bless...Semper Fidelis
28 of 71 | Posted by: Bruce & Audrey Smith - Bemidji, MN
“My condolences to the family. Served with Colonel "Q" when we were both assigned to NSA (1957). And again in 1968 Danang, SBN. He will be missed by...Read More »
29 of 71 | Posted by: Bill White - MD
“I served with Jim at Naval Security Group Pacific. My deepest sympathy at his parting.
30 of 71 | Posted by: LCDR JOSEPH PETKIEWICZ USN (RET) - FL
“My deepest condolences to Col. "Q"s family. Colonel Q was a man no one ever forget. He inspired so many Marines with his leadership and loyalty. He...Read More »
31 of 71 | Posted by: Capt. Joseph Lape USMC (Ret) - MN
We have missed you and Jim over these many years as time goes by so quickly these days.
There was never a more dedicated Marine than Jim. ...Read More »
32 of 71 | Posted by: Joseph R. Bondi - Ashburn, VA
“A thoroughly professional colleague whom I will miss. We worked together several times over the years. His knowledge, humor and wit were legendary.
33 of 71 | Posted by: CAPT Malcolm MacNichol, USN, Ret. - NC
“...Jim was the finest Marine I have ever known. Our time at Pearl Harbor together was memorable, fun, and exciting. The Colonel's exquisite sense of...Read More »
34 of 71 | Posted by: Tim Murphy, CDR-USN ret - TX
“Rice was a great guy and loved by many. Our family is probably one of the few that knew him as Rice. The other name we knew him as "Col. Q". My...Read More »
35 of 71 | Posted by: Guy Bradbury - Greenville, NC
“May only beautiful memories remain
in our hearts forever. For as long as there shall be a cryptologic community, his memory will never die.
36 of 71 | Posted by: George Carnako - Albuquerque, NM
“My deepest sympathy to the family.
It was indeed an honor to know Rice. He was such a caring and intelligent person. He will be greatly missed....Read More »
37 of 71 | Posted by: Betty Jones Rhine - N.Ft. Myers, FL
“My deepest sympathy to the family.
It was indeed an honor to know Rice. He was such a caring and intelligent person. He will be greatly missed....Read More »
38 of 71 | Posted by: Betty Jones Rhine - N.Ft. Myers, FL
I'm sorry to hear about your Jim. Please know that you are in my thoughts and prayers at this time.
Panda and Drew
39 of 71 | Posted by: Panda Kisela - Orange, CA
“May his memory be Eternal, he will be sorely missed by all his comrades.
Sargeant USMC (1961-1969)
40 of 71 | Posted by: Joe Stearne - Abington, PA
“Served under Col.Q in PhuBai as a CT Marine. Appreciated him watching over all of us and know that the Lord is now watching over him....Semper Fi...Read More »
41 of 71 | Posted by: Bill Wamsley - Waldorf, MD
“May peace be in your hearts at this sad time.
Dennis A. Fouts
1st. Composite Radio Company
42 of 71 | Posted by: Dennis A. Fouts - Saint Louis, MO
It was with heavy heart that Rita and I received the news about Jim. Our most profound condolences to you and the family. I will miss our...Read More »
43 of 71 | Posted by: Ray & Rita Chase - Winter Garden, FL
“Rest in peace Col. Your service to the Corps and this Country will never be forgotten. My Condolences to your family.
44 of 71 | Posted by: William E. Runnels, Msgt USMC Retired - GA
“One of the best CO I've every had. May his soul rest in peace. My Condolences to his family.
45 of 71 | Posted by: Msgt - Hephzibah, GA
“As soon as I heard that the Col. had passed just the mention of his name conjured many memories & stories of his legendary journey through the Naval...Read More »
46 of 71 | Posted by: Nicholas Norris Capt USMC Ret. - CA
“I had the privlage of going to school with Jim after he retired from the Marines and of sharing time with he and Diana. He will be truely missed. I...Read More »
47 of 71 | Posted by: V Adcock - Haslet, TX
“Rest In Peace my friend, and may God Bless your family and loved ones. You will be missed.
48 of 71 | Posted by: W. Charles Truitt - Herrieden
“We want the family to know that our prayers are with them and Jim.
Colonel "Q" as I normally addressed him was my Commanding Officer those many years...Read More »
49 of 71 | Posted by: Jay& Elaine Adams - Napa, CA
“Diana & Family,
We will miss Rice very much. I loved listening to him tell, in great detail, Jones family stories late in the evenings at our...Read More »
50 of 71 | Posted by: Patti Minnick - Fulton, MD
“We are sorry to hear about Rice. We know how he suffered. We will always be thankful for the love and support that he and you, Diana gave to our...Read More »
51 of 71 | Posted by: Dale (Jones) King - Cape Coral, FL
52 of 71 | Posted by: Norbert Szombathelyi - Pensacola, FL
“I knew him by his fine reputation and finally met him in Vietnam in 1968. A true Marine and honorable man. My condolences to the family.
53 of 71 | Posted by: CAPT Don Brown, USN (Ret) - MD
“One very nice man and a REAL marine. God Speed, Colonel.
54 of 71 | Posted by: Kevin Bearden - FL
“Just one of many that had the pleasure of his company
CWO, USMC (Ret)
55 of 71 | Posted by: Richard B. LaTondre - Santa Clara, CA
“We served together at NAVSECGRU HQ. He will be missed.
William B.B. Moody
CAPT USN (ret.)
56 of 71 | Posted by: William B.B. Moody - Bethesda, MD
“I briefly served under Col. Quisenbery in the 1st Marine Radio Battalion in Vietnam, 1968. He was a Man's man and a Marine's Marine. Semper Fi,...Read More »
57 of 71 | Posted by: Robert R. Payne - Leander, TX
“Not sure if you remember me by name, but I am Danny and Betty Jones youngest. Even though I didn't see Jim on a regular basis, I will truely miss...Read More »
58 of 71 | Posted by: Douglas Jones - Boca Raton, FL
“So sorry for your loss Diana. We will miss you dearly Rice. Your contagious smile and wonderful jokes kept us all laughing at the many joyous...Read More »
59 of 71 | Posted by: Peggy Bartram - Burtonsville, MD
“"Q", you will surely be missed by this special band of brothers. God bless you and God preserve your family.
60 of 71 | Posted by: Tom and Monique Laws - Gambrills, MD
“Thank you Rice, for all your love. All my wonderful memories of Jones Family Reunions always involve Rice making us laugh, smile and have a great...Read More »
61 of 71 | Posted by: Chris Jones - VA
“I shall miss "The Q" who I always considered a good friend and a Marines Marine. We can rest assured that the streets of Heaven are now well guarded.
62 of 71 | Posted by: Herbert Richardson - Tualatin, OR
“My sincerest condolences to Jim's family; I, too, will miss him. Semper Fidelis.
63 of 71 | Posted by: Miles Hoover - Ashburn, VA
“Dear Diana and family,
I am so sorry for your loss. Rice meant so much to all of us. I'll miss his hugs at family reunions, his Christmas letter,...Read More »
64 of 71 | Posted by: Phyllis Murphy - Olney, MD
“Rice is dearly missed; he was an extradinary person and will be a hard act for any of us to follow. I am sorry for your loss Diana. love, susan.
65 of 71 | Posted by: susan browning - kensington, MD
“I believe everyone who ever knew Jim loved him very much. I am fortunate to count myself as one of those. He also was a great teacher and I learned...Read More »
66 of 71 | Posted by: Bob Wilson - Jacksonville, NC
“Agreat Marine, a great friend and one who will be sorely missed. As the 3rd verse of the Marine Corps Hymn states; "If the Army and the Navy ever...Read More »
67 of 71 | Posted by: Donald C. Lanson - Franklin, NC
“"Q" served as an inspiration for those of us who served in the Marine Corps intelligence community. I met him later in life (late 80's) after we had...Read More »
68 of 71 | Posted by: Bob DeMuth - Woodbridge, VA
“We will always remember Rice as the "Patriarch" of the Jones family. He was always interested in keeping everyone up to date on the family and loved...Read More »
69 of 71 | Posted by: Gene and Kay Jones - New Oxford, PA
“For many Rice was the loving adhesive that held the extended family together. He brightened every family reunion. The Heilmanns will all miss him...Read More »
70 of 71 | Posted by: Harry Heilmann - Adelphi, MD
“Dianne and family. My sincerest sympathy. "Q" exemplified all that we Marines always want to be. I know that you will miss him dearly but so will we....Read More »
71 of 71 | Posted by: Edward Dauksz - Fairfax Station, VA
Colonel James R. "Jim" Quisenberry, USMC (Ret.), 84, passed away on Wednesday, January 21, 2009, in his residence.
Jim was born October 31, 1924, in Washington, D.C., to the late Dr. J. Rice Quisenberry and Lucy Bryan (Jones) Quisenberry and was raised in Wake Forest, NC. He was also preceded in death by his eldest daughter, Paula Jan Quisenberry of York, SC.
Jim, also known as "Q", entered the Marine Corps in June 1943. After recruit training at the Marine Corps Recruit Depot, Parris Island, SC, he was trained as a radar operator and served with Air Warning Squadron (AWS) 15 and AWS-9 in the Pacific Theater during World War II. Upon release from active duty, as a Sergeant, in May 1946, he earned a Bachelor of Science in General Sciences from Wake Forest College, in North Carolina. He returned to active duty in March 1951 and was commissioned in July 1951.
As a Lieutenant, he graduated from The Basic School, Communications Officers Course, and The Army Security Agency Company Officer Course and served as platoon commander for a NROTC summer course and a Basic School course. He also served as a Recruiting Officer and Casualty Assistance Officer, prior to being assigned, in June 1953, as Operations Officer and Accountable Officer to 1st Radio Company, FMF, at Camp Pendleton, California.
As a Captain, he relocated with 1st Radio Company to Camp Lejeune, NC, where he retained the Operations and Accountable Officer assignments until his transfer in 1956 to 3rd Shore Party Battalion, on Okinawa, where he served as communications officer to both the battalion and Camp Hague, as well as investigating officer, defense counsel, and later as Battalion S-2/S-3. In 1957 he was transferred to the predecessor of what is now the Marine Cryptologic Support Battalion and served at the National Security Agency as communications watch officer and later as branch head. In August 1960 he attended Amphibious Warfare Course; upon graduation he was assigned as assistant CEO of the 2nd Marine Division in the summer of 1961.
As a Captain, having been selected for Major, he was transferred to 2nd Radio Company, FMF, as Commanding Officer in December 1961 where he remained until after the Company was re-designated as 2nd Radio Battalion in May 1964. He then served on the staff of the Naval Security Group Division of the Atlantic Fleet Headquarters in Norfolk, VA, as both Major and Lieutenant Colonel, until August 1967. He served as Psychological Warfare Officer of the 3rd Marine Division, in Phu Bai, Vietnam from September 1967 until his transfer as Officer-in-Charge, Sub Unit#1, 1st Radio Battalion. Upon completion of the tour in Vietnam in October 1968, he served on the staff of the Naval Security Group Division of the Pacific Fleet in Hawaii, until he was assigned to Headquarters, Marine Corps, as Head of the Signals Intelligence/Electronic Warfare Branch of the Intelligence Division of July 1970. He served in that capacity as both a Lieutenant Colonel and Colonel then as Deputy Director of the Intelligence Division until his transfer in 1975 to Marine Corps Development and Education Command, Development Center, at Quantico, VA as Director of the Intelligence Division.
Colonel Quisenberry retired while Director of the Intelligence Division in September 1976. His awards and decorations include the Legion of Merit (with a combat "V" and a star in lieu of a second award), The Marine Corps Good Conduct Medal, Presidential Unit Citation, Navy Unit Commendation, American Theater Medal, Asiatic-Pacific Medal, World War II Victory Medal, National Defense Service Medal (with one star), Vietnamese Service Medal (with 4 stars), Republic of Vietnam Armed Forces Meritorious Unit Commendation (with palm), and the Republic of Vietnam Naval Commendation Medal (60-).
After retiring, he earned Associate of Applied Science degrees in Accounting and Business Management from Northern Virginia Community College. He then attended Mary Washington College, graduating magna cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Classical Civilization in 1986. In 1990 he, along with other Marines, founded the Marine Corps Cryptologic Association (MCCA).
Jim was a devoted, loving and generous husband, father, grandfather and friend. He was proud to have served his country as a United States Marine. He will be truly missed by everyone who knew him and who loved him.
Jim is survived by his loving wife of 38 years, Diana P. Quisenberry; two daughters, Carolyn Louise Q. Kerensky and Mary Elaine Quisenberry, both of Austintown, OH; three sons, Bart Quisenberry of Smyrna, GA, Jeffrey James Quisenberry of Herndon, VA and Lee Randolph "Randy" Quisenberry of Akron, OH; and grandchildren, Rachel, Alyse, Emma, Alex, Sophie, Zachary, Taylor, Austin and Noah.
The family will receive friends at Hollomon-Brown Funeral Home, Kempsville Chapel, on Saturday, January 24, 2009, from 3 to 6 p.m. The funeral service will be conducted at 1 p.m. Sunday in the funeral home chapel by Rev. Ernest L. Trueblood. Graveside services will be held in Arlington National Cemetery with full military honors on February 17, 2009 at 1:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to The Marine Corps Heritage Foundation or The Heritage Foundation. Condolences may be offered to the family at www.hollomon-brown.com.