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ADR1 Arthur Simmons

Arthur D. Simmons was born on Jul 22, 1940.

He was 29 years old.

He had been in the Navy for twelve years.

Home of record: Marshall, Texas.

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Requests for Information

my brother was arthur d simmons. if anyone has any information about him please let me know.  thanks  sharon stolz - stolz603 (AT symbol)

like my sister sharon ,if you knew my brother i would love to hear from you also. & if anyone hears from his son stephen keith simmons, id like to know also. debbie simmons walters - debbiedo (AT symbol)


Brian Nickerson - brian (AT symbol)

I was Arthur's CACO and acted as the liaison between the Navy and Arthur's next of kin. Arthur had a son, who was about 2 years old at the time of Arthur's death. I have visited Arthur's name on the wall a number of time, but it has been a few years since the last time I was in DC. I never knew Arthur Simmons personally, but he will always be a part of my life.

Casualty Assistance Calls Officer (CACO) following Arthur's death

Steven Schmit  3/27/2014 8:13 PM via email

I joined VQ-1 in Sept. of 1967 and worked in the ADR shop. In late 1968 , I was assigned to Crew 3, PR-21 as an engine mech. I worked with Aurthur Simmons, Joseph Nichter and Jim Girdner. Howard Crampton and one other person were the metal smiths. After PR21 was shot down, Simmons and I were transferred to crew 6, which I think was PR-24. I stayed with the crew of 24 until I rotated back to the states in Sept. of 1969. Simmons must of transferred to PR-26 after I left, because I know he made 1st class. I was a NAS North Island with VAW-111 in March of 1970 when I heard about the crash of 26. Not a day goes by that I don't think about those people and how close I came to being with them , had I not come back to the states.

On your web site there is a post from a Sharon Stolz and Debbie Walters. They were Simmons sisters. I tried to E-mail them, but the address had changed. I have some pictures of Aurthur and I thought I might want to contact them. If possible I would also like to go on the PR-26 web page. Any help would be appreciated.

The picture I'm sending you is of the PR-21 mech crew. The person on the left is Joseph Nicther, the person in the middle is Aurthur Simmons and the person on the right is Jim Girdner.