SIMMONS, Jr., TRAVIS A.
SIMMONS, Jr., TRAVIS A.
Rank / Branch:
HM3 E-4 U.S. NAVY
FIRST MARINE DIVISIO
Date of Birth:
HOSTILE, SMALL ARMS
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TRAVIS A. SIMMONS, JR., HOSPITAL CORPMAN 3, U.S NAVY, MIDLAND, MIDLAND COUNTY, TEXAS
AWARDS AND DECORATIONS
Silver Star, Purple Heart with Gold Star (2 Awards), Navy Commendation's Medal, Navy Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Vietnam Service Medal, Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal
Travis Simmons was born in Childress, Texas, on August 27, 1943. He attended the Childress public schools through high school. He also attended the Woods Trade School in Midland. He loved the outdoors, enjoying hunting, fishing, and athletics.
Travis Simmons was a special type person who was loved by family and many friends. The loss of Travis is a great tragedy. He was very dedicated and a conscientious red-blooded American who was willing to give up his own life to save the lives of others.
Travis was a Navy Corpsman, being transferred to the Marines for a tour in Vietnam. His fellow troops called him "Doc Simmons". We received many letters from fellow soldiers telling us how many lives he had saved. Travis began his tour in Vietnam in late 1966.
Brother-Eddie and Travis-Leave Before Vietnam-1966
He was assigned as a hospital corpman to H&S Company, 2nd Battalion, 7th Marines, First Marine Division. On March 16, 1967, Travis was on patrol with F Company, 2/7, during Operation DeSoto. The patrol was west of Duc Phof. The unit was hit in an ambush from a rice patty. The company came under heavy automatic fire from several machine guns of an indetermined V.C. force. The ambush was sprung on the rear elements. Travis was shot in the foot in the initial volley. A fellow corpsman pulled him out of the live fire and rendered aid, but Travis was not the type that was going to stay down when his troops were falling. Returning to action, he was giving aid to a wounded Marine in the rice paddy, when he received a fatal shot from a machine gun that shot him through the neck. Seven marines and Corpman Simmons lost their lives in this engagement. Three marines and Corpman Simmons were cited with the Silver Star and one Marine was awarded the Navy Cross.
Travis in Vietnam with the Marines -1967
Travis was like many other servicemen. He believed that they were doing what was right for their fellow Americans. Ed Simmons, Travis' brother, hopes that we Americans don't loose sight of what America stands for, and that all of the American soldiers who have given their best- and some who have gave their all- have not done so in vain.
Travis was buried with full military honors in the Childress Cemetery in Childress, Texas.
Childress Cemetery, Childress, Texas
Travis Childress-Picture on Headstone
He was survived by his parents, his brother Airman 2/C Eddie Simmons, who was stationed at Sawyer Air Force Base, Michigan and his sister Mrs. Kenneth Arp of Midland.