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 1],
[Box 2],
[Box 3],
[Box 4],
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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.

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