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 Robert Ernest Simanek

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Birth
Detroit Beach, Monroe County, Michigan, USA
Death
1 Aug 2022 (aged 92)
Burial
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US Marine Corps, Korean War Medal of Honor Recipient. After completing his basic training at the Marine Corp recruiting depot in Parris Island South Carolina he was ordered to Camp Pendleton in California where he received further training before being shipped out to Korea in 1952 and joining Company F , 2nd Battalion, 5th Marines on May 6. The action that he received his Medal of Honor and Purple Heart for occured on August 18, 1952 just northeast of Panmunjom, Korea during the Battle of Bunker Hill. His medal was presented to him by President Dwight D. Eisenhower in a White House ceremony on October 27, 1953. He was the 36th Marine to receive the medal in the Korean War. His citation read as follows: "For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty while serving with Company F, Second Battalion, Fifth Marines, First Marine Division (reinforced), in action against enemy aggressor forces in Korea on 17 August 1952. While accompanying a patrol en route to occupy a combat outpost forward of friendly lines, Private First Class Simanek exhibited a high degree of courage and resolute spirit of self- sacrifice in protecting the lives of his fellow Marines. With his unit ambushed by an intense concentration of enemy mortar and small-arms fire, and suffering heavy casualties he was forced to seek cover with the remaining members of the patrol in the near-by trench line. Determined to save his comrades when a hostile grenade was hurled into their midst, he unhesitatingly threw himself on the deadly missile, absorbing the shattering violence of the exploding charge in his own body and shielding his fellow Marines from serious injury or death. Gravely wounded as a result of his heroic action Private First Class Simanek, by his daring initiative and great personal valor in the face of almost certain death, served to inspire all who observed him and upheld the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service." Prior to receiving his Medal of honor he had earned two battle stars. For his service he also was awarded the National Defense Service Medal, the Korean Service Medal with 2 stars and the United Nations Korea Medal. On January 15, 2021 it was announced that the Expeditionary Sea Base ESB-7 would be named USS Robert Simanek.

US Marine Corps, Korean War Medal of Honor Recipient. After completing his basic training at the Marine Corp recruiting depot in Parris Island South Carolina he was ordered to Camp Pendleton in California where he received further training before being shipped out to Korea in 1952 and joining Company F , 2nd Battalion, 5th Marines on May 6. The action that he received his Medal of Honor and Purple Heart for occured on August 18, 1952 just northeast of Panmunjom, Korea during the Battle of Bunker Hill. His medal was presented to him by President Dwight D. Eisenhower in a White House ceremony on October 27, 1953. He was the 36th Marine to receive the medal in the Korean War. His citation read as follows: "For conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life above and beyond the call of duty while serving with Company F, Second Battalion, Fifth Marines, First Marine Division (reinforced), in action against enemy aggressor forces in Korea on 17 August 1952. While accompanying a patrol en route to occupy a combat outpost forward of friendly lines, Private First Class Simanek exhibited a high degree of courage and resolute spirit of self- sacrifice in protecting the lives of his fellow Marines. With his unit ambushed by an intense concentration of enemy mortar and small-arms fire, and suffering heavy casualties he was forced to seek cover with the remaining members of the patrol in the near-by trench line. Determined to save his comrades when a hostile grenade was hurled into their midst, he unhesitatingly threw himself on the deadly missile, absorbing the shattering violence of the exploding charge in his own body and shielding his fellow Marines from serious injury or death. Gravely wounded as a result of his heroic action Private First Class Simanek, by his daring initiative and great personal valor in the face of almost certain death, served to inspire all who observed him and upheld the highest traditions of the United States Naval Service." Prior to receiving his Medal of honor he had earned two battle stars. For his service he also was awarded the National Defense Service Medal, the Korean Service Medal with 2 stars and the United Nations Korea Medal. On January 15, 2021 it was announced that the Expeditionary Sea Base ESB-7 would be named USS Robert Simanek.

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  • Originally Created by: Alan
  • Added: 2 Aug 2022
  • Find a Grave Memorial ID: 242241858
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