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SSGT Clifford Chester Sims

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SSGT Clifford Chester Sims

Birth
Port Saint Joe, Gulf County, Florida, USA
Death 21 Feb 1968 (aged 25)
Huế, Thừa Thiên-Huế, Vietnam
Burial Pensacola, Escambia County, Florida, USA
Plot Sec.29 Grave546
Memorial ID 7024959 View Source
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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".


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CLIFFORD C
SIMS
MEDAL OF HONOR
SSGT
US ARMY
VIETNAM
JUN 18 1942
FEB 21 1968
29 546
FLORIDA
CO D 501 INF
101 ABN DIV
SILVER STAR
BSM PH

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  • Added: 20 Dec 2002
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  • Find a Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/7024959/clifford-chester-sims : accessed ), memorial page for SSGT Clifford Chester Sims (18 Jun 1942–21 Feb 1968), Find a Grave Memorial ID 7024959, citing Barrancas National Cemetery, Pensacola, Escambia County, Florida, USA ; Maintained by Find a Grave .