Actions
Begin New Search
Refine Last Search
Cemetery Lookup
Add Burial Records
Help with Find A Grave

Find all Simonses in:
 • Barrancas National Cemetery
 • Pensacola
 • Escambia County
 • Florida
 • Find A Grave

Top Contributors
Success Stories
Discussion Forums
Find A Grave Store

Log In
Col Arthur David Simons
Birth: Jun. 28, 1918
New York
New York County (Manhattan)
New York, USA
Death: May 21, 1979
Dallas
Dallas County
Texas, USA

COLONEL, US ARMY
WORLD WAR II, KOREA, VIETNAM

Military Figure. A career U.S. Army Ranger and Special Forces Commander, Colonel Arthur D. ‘Bull' Simons won national recognition for an American POW rescue attempt during the Vietnam War. The famed Son Tay Raid (Operation Kingpin) was executed during the late PM hours on November 20, 1970. Unknowingly to the rescue force, the POWs had been previously relocated to a new prison camp some 24 kilometers away. The assault was well planned and executed and concluded with a firefight that left more than 150 of the enemy dead. Surprisingly, there were no American losses. Although the rescue attempt failed to recover any American POWs, it lifted the spirits of American prisoners throughout Vietnam. It also sent a clear message to the North Vietnamese that Americans cared about their soldiers and prisoner abuse would not be tolerated. After Son Tay, conditions improved in the camps. Bull Simons last mission was a successful one. After his retirement, Simons was contacted by Ross Perot, then Chairman of Electronic Data Systems (EDS), to plan and conduct a rescue operation to free two EDS employees who were arrested in the Iranian revolution. In February 1979, assisted by a small group of volunteers, Colonel Simons capitalized on the confusion of the revolt and organized a mob in Tehran which stormed Qasr prison where the EDS employees were being held. The two Americans, along with 11,000 Iranian prisoners, were freed. Simons and his party fled across the mountains into Turkey, and subsequently returned to the United States. The movie titled, "On Wings of Eagles," starring Burt Lancaster, chronicles that event. (bio by: RCB) 
 
Family links: 
 Spouse:
  Lucille Margaret Simons (1919 - 1978)
 
Burial:
Barrancas National Cemetery
Pensacola
Escambia County
Florida, USA
Plot: 36, 0, 1956
 
Maintained by: Find A Grave
Originally Created by: RCB
Record added: Jun 15, 2005
Find A Grave Memorial# 11175909
Col Arthur David Simons
Added by: Ruggero
 
Col Arthur David Simons
Added by: Nancy E. Leonard
 
Col Arthur David Simons
Cemetery Photo
Added by: Ray Rauanheimo
 
Photos may be scaled.
Click on image for full size.

Thank you for your many years of service.
- rosie mcnaughton
 Added: Jun. 29, 2014

- R I P
 Added: Jun. 28, 2014
Happy birthday.
- Beatrice Bennett
 Added: Jun. 28, 2014
There are 124 more notes not showing...
Click here to view all notes...
Do you have a photo to add? Click here
How famous was this person?
Current ranking for this person: (4.3 after 44 votes)
 

Privacy Statement and Terms of Service