THE SPRINGFIELD 50 PROJECT
Wayne Carl Simmons
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/Memorial: 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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