Simmons, William Prestwood, Capt Fallen
 
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Last Rank
Captain
Last Primary AFSC/MOS
9351-Aerospace Medicine Physician
Last AFSC Group
Medical Professional
Last Unit
1966-1966, 557th Tactical Fighter Squadron
Service Years
1950 - 1966
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Home State
Mississippi
Mississippi
Year of Birth
1933
 
Casualty Info
Home Town
Meridian
Last Address
Meridian

Casualty Date
Sep 03, 1966
 
Cause
Hostile, Died while Missing
Reason
Air Loss, Crash - Land
Location
Khanh Hoa
Conflict
Wars and Conflicts/Vietnam War
Location of Interment
Meridian Memorial Gardens - Meridian, Mississippi
Wall/Plot Coordinates
10E 067

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Flight Surgeon (Basic)



 
 Unit Assignments
US Army (USA)Hospital, Clinic and Dispensary Units12th Tactical Fighter Wing7th Air Force
557th Tactical Fighter Squadron
  1950-1954, US Army (USA)
  1966-1966, 9351, 12th USAF Hospital - Cam Ranh AB, RVN
  1966-1966, 12th Tactical Fighter Wing
  1966-1966, 7th Air Force
  1966-1966, 557th Tactical Fighter Squadron
 Colleges Attended 
University of Mississippi
  1955-1961, University of Mississippi
 My Aircraft/Missiles
F-4 Phantom  
  1966-1966, F-4 Phantom
 Combat and Operations History
  1966-1966 Wars and Conflicts/Vietnam War
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Last Known Activity
Captain Simmons had prior service with the U.S. Army in Company C, Medical Detachment, 198th Tank Bn., 31st Infantry Division organized in 1950.

He was a highly regarded friend and officer among his peers. He served as a flight surgeon and chief of the Flight Medicine Section, 12th USAF Hospital at Cam Rahn Bay AB when he was lost during a mission on an F-4C with Captain Clifford S. Heathcote. He flew on 43 combat missions prior to his loss.

Captain Simmons was awarded the National Order of Vietnam, 5th Class posthumously:  It states:

"Courageous combatants well known for their sacrifices, who exhibited a spirit of good will and cooperation. They assisted the Republic of Vietnarn Armed Forces in blocking the Red Wave of aggression from engulfing South Vielnam and Southeast Asia. With their enthusiasm and exemplary devoted manner they willingly executed of their entrusted missions and set a brilliant example for their comrades in arms. They died, in the performance of thelr missions. Their losses have been greatly mourned by both their American and Vietnamese comrades-in-arms."

 
   
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