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The following is an excerpt of a message sent by the Commander, United States Military Assistance Command, Vietnam (USMACV), on April 2, 1965.


SIMMONS, WAYNE C.

RA 11 369 471, REPEAT, RA 11 369 471

SP 5 E-5

US ARMY (DMOS: 675.20)

COORD XS 530 925, RVN.

1 APR 65 AT 2000 HRS.

INDIV WAS CREW CHIEF ON UH-1B HEL ON MED EVAC FLT WHEN 
ACFT LANDED AT COORD XS 530 925 RVN, TO PICK UP WOUNDED 
PERSONNEL. LANDING ZONE CAME UNDER INTENSE HOSTILE 
WHILE INDIV WAS ON THE GROUND HELPING WOUNDED PERSONNEL INTO ACFT. DURING ACTION IT WAS BELIEVED THAT INDIV HAD BOARDED THE ACFT AND ACFT DPT AREA. INDIV WAS LAST SEEN ON THE GROUND UNINJURED AND ARMED. DEATH IS THE RESULT OF HOSTILE ACTION.

577TH MED DET (NA), APO SFRAN 96307


The following is an excerpt from a DD FORM 1300 dated April 12, 1965.

SIMMONS, WAYNE CARL, RA 11 369 471; SP5 RA;

57TH MED DET (NA) VIETNAM

Died 1 April 1965 in Vietnam as the result of a head wound. He was crew chief on a UH-1B military helicopter on medical evacuation flight. Aircraft landed to pick up wounded personnel and while he was helping wounded personnel into aircraft, landing zone came under intense hostile fire.


The following hand written note, entitled "Memo for Record," transcribes a conversation someone had with the Army Records Center in St. Louis, Missouri,  on June 16, 1965.


Re:  Simmons, Wayne C. RA 11369471

Subject:  Clarification of Medals

Decedent was awarded The Purple Heart for wounds in Action on 31 January 1965. He received the Purple Heart for being Killed in Action 1 April 1965--, The Silver Star, The Bronze Star Medal with V device and the Air Medal with 1 thru 6 Oak Leaf Cluster, and the Army Commendation Medal. Per Mrs. Stevens.
            
                                                                                                          E.D.B

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