Captain Scott Quilty was born in Winchester, Massachusetts on January 30, 1980. He grew up and attended school in Francestown, New Hampshire. Scott graduated from Contoocook Valley Regional High School in 1998 and enlisted in the United States Army as a private.
He served for three years as a radio technician at Fort Bragg, North Carolina, and left the service as a noncommissioned officer after winning a Green to Gold Army ROTC scholarship in August 2001. Two weeks into classes at the University of New Hampshire, Scott watched with his classmates as planes hit the World Trade Center and the Pentagon. While at the University of New Hampshire Scott participated in Army ROTC. He served as the Cadet Battalion Commander his senior year, served as the Commander of the 10th New Hampshire Volunteers and was a distinguished military graduate. He graduated with a bachelor’s degree (cum laude) in June 2004 and accepted a commission as a second lieutenant in the US Army.
Following graduation, Scott underwent Infantry officer and Ranger training at Fort Benning, Georgia. His first assignment was as Executive Officer of Charlie Company, 1/329th Infantry Regiment (Infantry Training Brigade). Later he served as a Platoon Leader in Alpha Company, 4th Battalion, 31st Infantry Regiment (Polar Bears), 2nd Brigade, 10th Mountain Division. It was in this assignment that he volunteered for a deployment to Iraq. While leading a joint Iraqi-US Army patrol in the pre-dawn hours of October 2, 2006 in the southern Baghdad village of Rushdi Mullah, then Lieutenant Quilty triggered a roadside bomb. In the explosion he lost his right arm and leg. It took 18 months of intensive rehabilitation along with the support of God, his wife, and family to get back on his feet.
Captain Quilty was awarded the Purple Heart by President George W. Bush and later retired a decorated Infantry Captain. He was a graduate of US Army Ranger School, Airborne School, Pathfinder School, and Mountain Warfare School (Rams Head). He was also awarded the Expert Infantrymen Badge and Combat Infantry Badge. After leaving the service, he advocated on Capitol Hill for veterans and families affected by the wars on Iraq and Afghanistan. In addition, Captain Quilty continued to serve his community in the nonprofit and private sectors.
Scott is an Army officer who volunteered to fight terrorism leading Joint Forces in the Iraq War. His bravery and dedication to country make him a mentor for future military graduates at UNH. Captain Scott Quilty is inducted into the ROTC Hall of Fame.