JAMES W SIMMS
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HONORED ON PANEL 31W, LINE 72 OF THE WALL

JAMES WILLIAM SIMMS

WALL NAME

JAMES W SIMMS

PANEL / LINE

31W/72

DATE OF BIRTH

02/09/1945

CASUALTY PROVINCE

QUANG TRI

DATE OF CASUALTY

02/26/1969

HOME OF RECORD

CARROLLTON

COUNTY OF RECORD

Carroll County

STATE

MO

BRANCH OF SERVICE

MARINE CORPS

RANK

2LT

REMEMBRANCES

LEFT FOR JAMES WILLIAM SIMMS
POSTED ON 5.28.2018
POSTED BY: Harold F. Smith, Captain, USMCR

A Great American and Outstanding Marine

Jay and I became good friends while in the same platoon at OCS in 1967 and then we attended the Officers Basic School at Quantico in 1968 before going to Vietnam in early 1969. I arrived in Vietnam after Jay and learned of his death on the day I arrived. It was a profound personal loss for me of the sort you never get over. Jay had a very strong sense of duty and unswerving physical courage. He was a fighting Marine who was leading an assault when he was KIA. He was respected by all who knew him and I am truly honored to have had him as a friend. He will always be remembered. Semper Fidelis
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POSTED ON 2.26.2018
POSTED BY: A US Marine, Quang Tri, 1969

Silver Star Citation (Second Award)

Silver Star

Awarded for actions during the Vietnam War

The President of the United States of America takes pride in presenting a Gold Star in lieu of a Second Award of the Silver Star (Posthumously) to Second Lieutenant James W. Simms (MCSN: 0-106294), United States Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity while serving as a Platoon Commander with Company D, First Battalion, Ninth Marines, THIRD Marine Division in connection with combat operations against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam. On 26 February 1969, during Operation Dewey Canyon, Second Lieutenant Simms platoon was participating in a mission to seize a hilltop overlooking a principal North Vietnamese Army resupply route into the A Shau Valley when the lead element came under sporadic small arms fire from enemy positions near the base of the hill. Reacting instantly, Second Lieutenant Simms deployed his platoon into effective fighting positions and, as he initiated an aggressive assault against the North Vietnamese Army soldiers, the Marines were subjected to intense automatic weapons and rocket-propelled grenade fire from a heavily-fortified bunker complex. Alertly pinpointing a principal source of hostile fire which was temporarily slowing the momentum of the friendly advance, Second Lieutenant Simms boldly led five men through the withering enemy fusillade to envelop the position and, while boldly maneuvering across the fire-swept terrain, he and his men were seriously wounded by intense fire from another hostile emplacement. Rallied by his valiant actions, the remainder of the platoon charged forward and, overrunning the hostile fortifications, killed the North Vietnamese Army soldiers in the bunkers. As the Marines consolidated their position and pursued the enemy by fire, Second Lieutenant Simms was advised that the company commander had requested a medical evacuation helicopter, but, although painfully injured, he attempted to discourage this action until all hostile fire had ceased, to prevent damage to the aircraft. Later evacuated, he subsequently succumbed to his extensive wounds. His heroic and determined efforts inspired all who observed him and were instrumental in the defeat of the enemy. By his courage, aggressive leadership and unwavering devotion to duty in the face of grave personal danger, Second Lieutenant Simms upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and of the United States Naval Service.

Action Date: February 26, 1969

Service: Marine Corps

Rank: Second Lieutenant

Company: Company D

Battalion: 1st Battalion

Regiment: 9th Marines

Division: 3d Marine Division (Rein.), FMF
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POSTED ON 2.26.2018
POSTED BY: A US Marine, Quang Tri, 1969

Silver Star Citation (First Award)

James W. Simms
Date of death: February 26, 1969
Home of record: Carrollton Missouri
Status: KIA

AWARDS AND CITATIONS

Silver Star

Awarded for actions during the Vietnam War

The President of the United States of America takes pride in presenting the Silver Star (Posthumously) to Second Lieutenant James W. Simms (MCSN: 0-106294), United States Marine Corps, for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity while serving as a Platoon Commander with Company D, First Battalion, Ninth Marines, THIRD Marine Division in connection with combat operations against the enemy in the Republic of Vietnam. On the night of 11 February 1969, during Operation Dewey Canyon, Second Lieutenant Simms’ platoon was occupying a defensive position at Fire Support Base Erskine when the Marines came under a heavy volume of fire supporting a vicious ground attack by a large North Vietnamese Army force. Reacting instantly, Second Lieutenant Simms fearlessly moved across the fire-swept terrain from one fighting position to another shouting encouragement and fire directions to his men and ensuring that all possible avenues of approach were covered by fire. Informed that three wounded Marines who had been returning to the friendly lines from an emplacement forward of the company were pinned down in a dangerously exposed position, Second Lieutenant Simms, accompanied by his radio operator, boldly left the relative security of the defensive perimeter and, with complete disregard for his own safety, maneuvered across the hazardous area to the side of the stricken men and fearlessly assisted them through the withering hostile fusillade to a covered location. Returning to the perimeter, he resolutely continued his vigorous defense of the company position and, by his inspiring leadership was instrumental in repulsing the fierce North Vietnamese Army assault. His heroic and determined efforts inspired all who observed him and saved the lives of three fellow Marines. Second Lieutenant Simms’ courage aggressive leadership and unwavering devotion to duty in the face of grave personal danger contributed significantly to the accomplishment of his unit’s mission and upheld the highest traditions of the Marine Corps and the United States Naval Service.

Action Date: February 11, 1969

Service: Marine Corps

Rank: Second Lieutenant

Company: Company D

Battalion: 1st Battalion

Regiment: 9th Marines

Division: 3d Marine Division (Rein.), FMF
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POSTED ON 9.11.2016
POSTED BY: Ed Klek D-1-1 Vietnam 1966

Silver Star

Military records show that Lt. Simms was awarded the Silver Star.
Rest in peace sir.
Ed Klek
D 1-1 Vietnam 1966
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POSTED ON 4.3.2014
POSTED BY: Curt Carter ccarter02@earthlink.net

Remembering An American Hero

Dear 2LT James William Simms, sir

As an American, I would like to thank you for your service and for your sacrifice made on behalf of our wonderful country. The youth of today could gain much by learning of heroes such as yourself, men and women whose courage and heart can never be questioned.

May God allow you to read this, and may He allow me to someday shake your hand when I get to Heaven to personally thank you. May he also allow my father to find you and shake your hand now to say thank you; for America, and for those who love you.

With respect, Sir

Curt Carter
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