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Wayne Carl Simmons

Personal Data:

Birth Date:  1/27/43
Birth Place:  Erwin, TN
Race:  Caucasian
Religion:  Protestant
U.S. Citizen:  Yes
Father's Name:  Carl Simmons
Mother's Name:  Mary A. (unknown) Simmons, then Teater
Sibling Names:  Adrene Simmons
Marital Status:  Single
Wife's Name:   
Offspring Names:   
School Attended:  Howard Street School, Springfield, MA
School Start Date:  9/3/47
School Attended:  Post School, Fort Smith, Arkansas
School Start Date:  1/11/49
School Attended:  Howard Street School, Springfield, MA
School Start Date:  2/6/50
School Attended:  Classical Junior High School, Springfield, MA
School Start Date: 9/7/55  
School Attended:  Technical High School, Springfield, MA
School Start Date:  9/3/58
High School Diploma:  No
Selective Service Data:
SSS Local Board Number:  81
SSS Local Board Location:  Springfield, MA
SSS Registration Date:  9/18/59  
SSS Registrant Description:  6' 1"/170 pounds/brown hair/green eyes
Military Service Record:
Entry Date:  1/27/60
Entry Mode:  Enlistment
Entry Location:  Springfield, MA
Home Of Record:  Springfield, MA
Military Branch:  Army
Military Component:  Regular
Rank:  Specialist Five
Rank Abbrev:  SP5
Pay Grade:  E5
MOS:  67N20
MOS Title:  UH-1 Helicopter Repairer
MOS Background:  Established May 65 as UH-1 Helicopter Repairer.  MOS still in use today. 4th char of 2 = E5 skill level. 5th char of O = no extra qualification or SQL.
Awards Received:  Silver Star Medal; Bronze Star Medal with "V" device; Purple Heart Medal with one Bronze Oak Leaf Cluster; Air Medal with one Silver Oak Leaf Cluster and one Bronze Oak Leaf Cluster; Army Commendation Medal; Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal; Vietnam Military Merit Medal; Vietnam Gallantry Cross Unit Citation
Badges Earned:  Sharpshooter Badge with Rifle Bar; Driver Badge with Mechanic Bar
Length Of Service:  4 years
Southeast Asia Tour Data:
Date Tour Commenced:  9/4/64
Major Command:  U.S. Army Support Command
Sub Command 1:  57th Medical Detachment (helicopter ambulance)
Vehicle/Equipment Type:  UH-1B helicopter
Vehicle/Equipment S/N:  62-02060
Army Campaign Number:  1st
Army Campaign Name:  Advisory
Casualty Data:
Casualty Date:  4/1/65
Casualty Time:  2000
Casualty Age:  22
Casualty Data 1:  Hostile
Casualty Data 2:  Helicopter Crewman
Casualty Data 3:  Air Loss-Crash On Land
Casualty Province:  Unknown Province
Casualty Country:  South Vietnam
Casualty Grid Coordinates:  XS 530 925
Body:  Recovered
Burial Location:  Oak Grove Cemetery, Springfield, MA
Burial Plot Location:  Section 10 Lot 3968
Burial Date:  4/12/65
Consigned Funeral Home:  Forastiere Funeral Home, Springfield, MA
Escort Name:  SP5 Boyd H. Johnson, USA
Springfield 50 Casualty Order:  1st
Vietnam Veterans Memorial Panel Number:  01E
                                                  Line Number:  99

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