Amos Ben Simmons Jr. Collection, 1936-2014 | East Texas Research Center

By Mark Musquiz and Emma Richburg

Collection Overview

Title: Amos Ben Simmons Jr. Collection, 1936-2014Add to your cart.

ID: A/280

Primary Creator: Simmons, Amos Ben

Extent: 5.0 Linear Feet

Arrangement: Arranged in 4 boxes.

Subjects: Armed Forces -- Non-commissioned officers, Military decorations -- United States, Simmons, Amos Ben, United States. Army Air Forces, World war, 1939-1945 -- Photographs

Scope and Contents of the Materials

Amos Ben Simmons Jr.'s collection documents Simmons's career and provides a look at the life of a non-commissioned officer in the Army Air Corps and Air Force. It does this through diplomas, certificates, individual and unit citations, newspaper articles, photographs, and one piece of glass art.

Collection Historical Note

Amos Ben Simmons Jr. joined the Army Air Corps April 17, 1941.  Shortly after this, the Army Air Corps was renamed as the Army Air Forces.  He was stationed at Randolph Field in San Antonio, Texas and flew in a formation to honor a retiring Air Corps general a week before the attack on Pearl Harbor.  By late April or early May 1945, Simmons was stationed on Le-Shima Island.  On August 10, 1945 (the day after the second atomic bomb was dropped on Nagasaki), Japanese bombers carrying Japanese officials landed on Le-Shima to discuss surrender and peace terms with General Douglas McArthur.

In 1947, the Army Air Force became the United States Air Force.  Also that year, A.B. Simmons Jr. was stationed at Barksdale Field Shreveport/Bossier, Louisiana and became the crew chief for Captain Richard A. Knobloch, a Doolittle Raider.  He continued to serve as a technician and crew member off and on from 1947 to 1954.

During the 1950s, Simmons was stationed in Bitburg, Germany with the 22nd Fighter Squadron and the 36th Fighter Wing.  Shortly after, he served as technical sergeant for the Skyblazers Aerial Demonstration Team from 1957 to 1958. In 1960 Simmons attended the Strategic Air Command Noncommissioned Officers Academy and retired from the Air Force five years later in 1965 as a Master Sergeant.

Subject/Index Terms

Armed Forces -- Non-commissioned officers
Military decorations -- United States
Simmons, Amos Ben
United States. Army Air Forces
World war, 1939-1945 -- Photographs


Box and Folder Listing


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[Box 3],
[Box 4],
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Box 1Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Thanks/Commendations/AchievementsAdd to your cart.
Item 1: Grammar School Diploma, 5/22/1936Add to your cart.
Item 2: SAC NCO Academy Diploma, 5/6/1960Add to your cart.
Item 3: Certificate of Retirement (Air Force), 7/1/1965Add to your cart.
Item 4: Capitol City Trade and Technical School Diploma, 6/24/1975Add to your cart.
Folder 2: Certificates and DiplomasAdd to your cart.
Item 1: World War II Letter of Thanks (White House), 1/3/1946Add to your cart.
Item 2: World War II Certificate of Appreciation, 1/3/1946Add to your cart.
Item 3: Air Force Certificate of Appreciation, 1/25/1948Add to your cart.
Item 4: Air Force Outstanding Unit Award, 2/15/1954Add to your cart.
Item 5: Royal Order of Atlantic Voyagers Award, 10/25/1955Add to your cart.
Item 6: Air Force Commendation Medal Certificate, 12/15/1958Add to your cart.
Item 7: Citation to Accompany Commendation Medal, 12/15/1958Add to your cart.
Item 8: Small Arms Marksmanship Certificate, 8/23/1963Add to your cart.
Item 9: Citation to Accompany Commendation Medal, 1965Add to your cart.
Item 10: Thank You From Nacogdoches, 12/3/2000Add to your cart.
Folder 3: B-25 Photograph (taken from frame) and descriptionAdd to your cart.
Item 1: Bitburg Skyblazer Weekly, 3/1/1957Add to your cart.
Item 2: Jet Gazette, 7/1/1965Add to your cart.
Item 3: "Army Obituary", 1968Add to your cart.
Item 4: Jet Gazette, 10/19/1972Add to your cart.
Item 5: Daily Sentinel Tribute to the VFW, 5/27/2003Add to your cart.
Item 6: Daily Sentinel Tribute to Brothers-in-Arm, 6/1/2004Add to your cart.
Item 7: Daily Sentinel World War II Memorial, 6/13/2004Add to your cart.
Folder 4: 22 F.D.S. Glass ArtAdd to your cart.
Item 1: BT 14-A's at Randolph Field, Texas, 11/30/1941Add to your cart.
Item 2: Japanese Bomber, IE Shima Island (5x7), 8/10/1945Add to your cart.
Item 3: Japanese Bomber, IE Shima Island, 8/10/1945Add to your cart.
Item 4: Bitburg, Germany Field Exercise, 1955-1956Add to your cart.
Item 5: Amos Ben Simmons Jr. and Plane, 1957-1958Add to your cart.
Item 6: Skyblazers Ground Crew, 4/1957-10/1958Add to your cart.
Item 7: Skyblazers Aerial Demonstration Team, 1957-1958Add to your cart.
Item 8: The Skyblazers "at home", UndatedAdd to your cart.
Item 9: The Skyblazers in flight, UndatedAdd to your cart.
Item 10: NCO Academy Graduates (mislabeled on picture as 1970), 1960Add to your cart.
Box 2Add to your cart.
Folder 1: "Camera Calvacade" Waco Army Airfield, 1940sAdd to your cart.
Folder 2: PhotographsAdd to your cart.
Folder 3: PhotographsAdd to your cart.
Folder 4: German Passport, 1950sAdd to your cart.
Folder 5: Military Memos, 1950-1953Add to your cart.
Folder 6: Military Memos, 1954-1957Add to your cart.
Folder 7: Military Memos, 1958-1960Add to your cart.
Folder 8: Military Memos, 1961-1988Add to your cart.
Folder 9: Skyblazer Patches, 1950sAdd to your cart.
Folder 10: Skyblazers: Preformance and biography of Flyers, 1950sAdd to your cart.
Folder 11: Skyblazers, Commendation Award papers, 1958/1959Add to your cart.
Folder 12: Skyblazer Photographs: Crewmembers, late 1950sAdd to your cart.
Folder 13: Skyblazer Photograph, 1957-1958Add to your cart.
Folder 14: Photographs: The Skyblazers, the planes, 1957Add to your cart.
Folder 15: RecordsAdd to your cart.
Folder 16: Newspapers and ArticlesAdd to your cart.
Folder 17: "Our Finest Year" Bitburg Air Force Base, 1955Add to your cart.
Folder 18: 'Waco Army Flying School"Add to your cart.
Folder 19: book: the Men and Women in WWII from Nacogdoches County, 1946Add to your cart.
Folder 20: Book: Nacogdoches in WWII, March 2011Add to your cart.
Folder 21: Plaque: Patriot Guard Riders of East TexasAdd to your cart.
Folder 22: VFW Hat 3893Add to your cart.
Box 3Add to your cart.
Tray 1: U.S Air Force Retired Hat and T-ShirtAdd to your cart.
Tray 2: MedalsAdd to your cart.
Item 1: Medal boxAdd to your cart.
Item 2: Medal BoxAdd to your cart.
Item 3: "For Good Conduct"Add to your cart.
Item 4: "For Military Merit"Add to your cart.
Item 5: "Asiatic Pacific Campaign", 1941-1945Add to your cart.
Item 6: "Meritous Service"Add to your cart.
Item 7: "Army of Occupation", 1945Add to your cart.
Item 8: "National Defense"Add to your cart.
Item 9: "World War II: Freedom from Fear and Want. Freedom of Speech and Religion"Add to your cart.
Item 10: "Army of Occupation", 1945Add to your cart.
Item 11: "For Humane Action"Add to your cart.
Item 12: 'American Campaign", 1941-1945Add to your cart.
Tray 3: MedalsAdd to your cart.
Item 1: "American Defense", May 1941Add to your cart.
Item 2: "For Good Conduct"Add to your cart.
Item 3: 'World War II Victory Medal"Add to your cart.
Item 4: United States Air Force RetiredAdd to your cart.
Item 5: "AFA Collector's Series"Add to your cart.
Item 6: "American Defense", May 27, 1941Add to your cart.
Item 7: "For Military Merit"Add to your cart.
Item 8: Dog tagsAdd to your cart.
Item 9: 3 bullet cartridgesAdd to your cart.
Box 4Add to your cart.
Item 1: Flag that was draped over his casketAdd to your cart.

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