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Quillian-Ansley-Gates Collection

Identifier: MC 180


  • 1911-2006


Biographical / Historical

Lt. Col. Amzi Rudolph (Rudy) Quillian (1911-1944) was born in Hall County in northeast Georgia. Lt. Col. Quillian graduated from North Georgia Military College in Dahlonega, Georgia prior to receiving an appointment to the United States Military Academy at West Point. At West Point, Quillian distinguished himself an earned a place on the Honor Committee. He received a commission to the 66th Infantry (Light Tanks) at Fort Benning, Georgia following his graduation from West Point in 1937. The 66th Infantry later became the 66th Armored Regiment of the 2nd Armored Division, under the then Brig. Gen. George S. Patton and would continue to train at Fort Benning until being sent to Louisiana, the Carolinas, and finally deployment in North Africa in November, 1942. A capable and gallant soldier, Quillian earned the Silver Star for fearlessly leading a charge of the 2nd Armored Division, nicknamed "Hell on Wheels", in the face of enemy fire at Canicatti, Sicily. Later he earned a Bronze State for training maneuvers in England. Deployment then took the 2nd Armored Division to France and Quillian's battalion landed at Utah Beach on D-Day plus six. Quillian was mortally wounded on July 28, 1944 at St Lo, France shortly after the St. Lo breakthrough. His body now lays to rest in the Normandy American Cemetery overlooking Omaha Beach.


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Related Materials

Photograph Collection, Folders 345 - 364 for accompanying photos.

Processing Information

The Quillian-Ansley-Gates Collection consists of 2.5 linear feet of material housed in two separate boxes.

1 linear foot of material is housed in Box 1, which contains letters and documents of Lt. Col. Amzi Rudolph Quillian (1911-1944) while in service with the 2nd Armored Division of the United States Army. Most of the letters were address to his wife Eva. Letters are arranged in chronological order.

Box 2, 1.5 linear feet, consists of a collection of articles written by Sally Gates from her column "Around Town" published in the Columbus-Ledger Enquirer from May 1994 to August 1998.

Arranged in chronological order.


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Part of the Columbus State University Archives and Special Collections Repository

4225 University Ave
Columbus Georgia 31907 United States