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Clifford Chester Sims
Birth: Jun. 18, 1942
Port Saint Joe
Gulf County
Florida, USA
Death: Feb. 21, 1968

SSGT, US ARMY
VIETNAM

Viet Nam Congressional Medal of Honor Recipient. Served in the United States Army during the war in Viet Nam as a Staff Sergeant in Company D, 2nd Battalion (Airborne), 501st Infantry, 101st Airborne Division. He was awarded the CMOH for his bravery near Hue, Republic of Vietnam, on February 21, 1968. His citation reads "For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty. S/Sgt. Sims distinguished himself while serving as a squad leader with Company D. Company D was assaulting a heavily fortified enemy position concealed within a dense wooded area when it encountered strong enemy defensive fire. Once within the woodline, S/Sgt. Sims led his squad in a furious attack against an enemy force which had pinned down the 1st Platoon and threatened to overrun it. His skillful leadership provided the platoon with freedom of movement and enabled it to regain the initiative. S/Sgt. Sims was then ordered to move his squad to a position where he could provide covering fire for the company command group and to link up with the 3d Platoon, which was under heavy enemy pressure. After moving no more than 30 meters S/Sgt. Sims noticed that a brick structure in which ammunition was stocked was on fire. Realizing the danger, S/Sgt. Sims took immediate action to move his squad from this position. Though in the process of leaving the area 2 members of his squad were injured by the subsequent explosion of the ammunition, S/Sgt. Sims' prompt actions undoubtedly prevented more serious casualties from occurring. While continuing through the dense woods amidst heavy enemy fire, S/Sgt. Sims and his squad were approaching a bunker when they heard the unmistakable noise of a concealed booby trap being triggered immediately to their front. S/Sgt. Sims warned his comrades of the danger and unhesitatingly hurled himself upon the device as it exploded, taking the full impact of the blast. In so protecting his fellow soldiers, he willingly sacrificed his life. S/Sgt. Sims' extraordinary heroism at the cost of his life is in keeping with the highest traditions of the military service and reflects great credit upon himself and the U.S. Army". (bio by: grave hunter) 
 
Burial:
Barrancas National Cemetery
Pensacola
Escambia County
Florida, USA
Plot: Sec.29 Grave546
 
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Record added: Dec 20, 2002
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