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Staff Sergeant Cecil J Sims

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Staff Sergeant Cecil J Sims Veteran

Birth
Harrodsburg, Mercer County, Kentucky, USA
Death
31 Aug 1990 (aged 73)
Lexington, Fayette County, Kentucky, USA
Burial
Harrodsburg, Mercer County, Kentucky, USA Add to Map
Plot
Section 1, lot 72, grave 3
Memorial ID
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In Feb 2024 findagrave merged a duplicate memorial with this one. Both bios follow here. While some facts are redundant, the bios were different enough to warrant leaving both untouched. RCB 2/14/2024


Pfc. Cecil J. Sims was born on March 8, 1917, in Mercer County, Kentucky, to Finas J. Sims and Cora Mae Gritton-Sims. With his three sisters and three brothers he lived on the family farm on Cornishville Road in Mercer County. He graduated from high school and went to work on the family's farm.


A draft act was passed in 1940 and Cecil knowing that it was just a matter of time until he would be drafted, enlisted in the Kentucky National Guard to fulfill his one year of military service. The tank company he joined had been notified it was being federalized for one year and designated as D Company, 192nd Tank Battalion.

On April 9, 1942, James became a Prisoner Of War when the Filipino and American forces on Bataan surrendered to the Japanese.

It appears at some point he was sick enough to be put into the camp hospital. Cecil spent the rest of the war in the camp and was liberated on September 13, 1945.


Cecil was returned to the Philippines and received medical treatment and to be fattened up. He returned to the United States on October 28, 1945, and discharged from the Army on July 16, 1946. He married Mary "Beck" Sims and became the father of three daughters and a son. The family resided at 322 North Fourth Street in Danville.


Cecil went to college on the GI Bill and graduated from Georgetown College in Georgetown, Kentucky. Cecil worked as a eighth grade teacher from 1953 to 1955 at McAfee Grade School in Harrodsburg. He next took a job at Jennie Rogers Elementary School in Danville, Kentucky. During this time, he received a Masters Degree in Administration from the University of Kentucky in 1958. He also became the principal of Mary G. Hogsett Elementary School in Danville in 1958 and remained principal until he retired in 1981.


Cecil J. Sims passed away at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Lexington, Kentucky, on August 31, 1990, and was buried in Springhill Cemetery in Harrodsburg.∼Cecil Sims was a Kentucky National Guardsman called to federal service as a member D Company, 192nd Tank Battalion. He was transferred to HQ Company at Fort Knox, Kentucky.

He was stationed in the Philippine Islands when Japan attacked Pearl Harbor. Ten hours later, he lived through the bombing of Clark Airfield. For four months, he fought, with the other soldiers on Bataan, to slow Japan's conquest of the Philippines. Without food, without adequate supplies, and no hope of being relieved, he became a Prisoner of War on April 9, 1942, when Bataan was surrendered to the Japanese.

As a POW, he was held at Camp O'Donnell and Cabanatuan in the Philippines. He was later transported to Japan to Fukuoka #4.

He remained in the camp until liberated at the end of the war. He returned to Kentucky went to college and became a teacher. He later became a school principal until he retired in 1981.

In Feb 2024 findagrave merged a duplicate memorial with this one. Both bios follow here. While some facts are redundant, the bios were different enough to warrant leaving both untouched. RCB 2/14/2024


Pfc. Cecil J. Sims was born on March 8, 1917, in Mercer County, Kentucky, to Finas J. Sims and Cora Mae Gritton-Sims. With his three sisters and three brothers he lived on the family farm on Cornishville Road in Mercer County. He graduated from high school and went to work on the family's farm.


A draft act was passed in 1940 and Cecil knowing that it was just a matter of time until he would be drafted, enlisted in the Kentucky National Guard to fulfill his one year of military service. The tank company he joined had been notified it was being federalized for one year and designated as D Company, 192nd Tank Battalion.

On April 9, 1942, James became a Prisoner Of War when the Filipino and American forces on Bataan surrendered to the Japanese.

It appears at some point he was sick enough to be put into the camp hospital. Cecil spent the rest of the war in the camp and was liberated on September 13, 1945.


Cecil was returned to the Philippines and received medical treatment and to be fattened up. He returned to the United States on October 28, 1945, and discharged from the Army on July 16, 1946. He married Mary "Beck" Sims and became the father of three daughters and a son. The family resided at 322 North Fourth Street in Danville.


Cecil went to college on the GI Bill and graduated from Georgetown College in Georgetown, Kentucky. Cecil worked as a eighth grade teacher from 1953 to 1955 at McAfee Grade School in Harrodsburg. He next took a job at Jennie Rogers Elementary School in Danville, Kentucky. During this time, he received a Masters Degree in Administration from the University of Kentucky in 1958. He also became the principal of Mary G. Hogsett Elementary School in Danville in 1958 and remained principal until he retired in 1981.


Cecil J. Sims passed away at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Lexington, Kentucky, on August 31, 1990, and was buried in Springhill Cemetery in Harrodsburg.∼Cecil Sims was a Kentucky National Guardsman called to federal service as a member D Company, 192nd Tank Battalion. He was transferred to HQ Company at Fort Knox, Kentucky.

He was stationed in the Philippine Islands when Japan attacked Pearl Harbor. Ten hours later, he lived through the bombing of Clark Airfield. For four months, he fought, with the other soldiers on Bataan, to slow Japan's conquest of the Philippines. Without food, without adequate supplies, and no hope of being relieved, he became a Prisoner of War on April 9, 1942, when Bataan was surrendered to the Japanese.

As a POW, he was held at Camp O'Donnell and Cabanatuan in the Philippines. He was later transported to Japan to Fukuoka #4.

He remained in the camp until liberated at the end of the war. He returned to Kentucky went to college and became a teacher. He later became a school principal until he retired in 1981.



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  • Created by: KCHM/RCB9
  • Added: May 16, 2018
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  • Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/189782501/cecil_j-sims: accessed ), memorial page for Staff Sergeant Cecil J Sims (8 Mar 1917–31 Aug 1990), Find a Grave Memorial ID 189782501, citing Spring Hill Cemetery, Harrodsburg, Mercer County, Kentucky, USA; Maintained by KCHM/RCB9 (contributor 48016644).