Quentin Roosevelt was born on November 19, 1897, in Washington, D.C. He was commissioned a 2d Lt in the Aviation Section of the U.S. Army Signal Corps on April 30, 1917, and sailed to England in July 1917. Lt Roosevelt served at Aviation Headquarters in Paris, France, from August to October 1917, and then served at Issoudun as an instructor pilot until June 1918, when he joined the 95th Aero Squadron of the 1st Pursuit Group at Touquin and then Saints, France. He was credited with the destruction of 1 enemy aircraft in aerial combat on July 10, 1918, and he was killed in action 4 days later on July 14, 1918. He was originally buried in Chamery, France, but was later moved next to his brother, Brig Gen Theodore Roosevelt, Jr., who died in World War II, to the Normandy American Cemetery in Colleville-sur-Mer, France, in 1955. His father was Theodore Roosevelt, 26th President of the United States.
Oh! I have slipped the surly bonds of earth
And danced the skies on laughter-silvered wings;
Sunward I've climbed, and joined the tumbling mirth
Of sun-split clouds - and done a hundred things
You have not dreamed of - wheeled and soared and swung
High in the sunlit silence. Hov'ring there
I've chased the shouting wind along, and flung
My eager craft through footless halls of air.
Up, up the long delirious, burning blue,
I've topped the windswept heights with easy grace
Where never lark, or even eagle flew -
And, while with silent lifting mind I've trod
The high untresspassed sanctity of space,
Put out my hand and touched the face of God.