Simpkins, Robert Lee jr., PFC Fallen
 
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Last Rank
Private First Class
Last Service Branch
Engineer Corps
Last Primary MOS
62B-Construction Equipment Repairer
Last MOS Group
Engineer Corps (Enlisted)
Last Unit
1966-1967, US Army Vietnam (USARV)/1st Logistics Command
Service Years
1965 - 1967



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Home State
Pennsylvania
Pennsylvania
Year of Birth
1947
 
Casualty Info
Home Town
Philadelphia
Last Address
Philadelphia

Casualty Date
Jan 05, 1967
 
Cause
Non Hostile- Died Other Causes
Reason
Suicide
Location
Vietnam, South
Conflict
Wars and Conflicts/Vietnam War/Unspecified Operation
Location of Interment
Not Specified
Wall/Plot Coordinates
13E 117

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 Unit Assignments
US Army Vietnam (USARV)/1st Logistics Command
  1966-1967, US Army Vietnam (USARV)/1st Logistics Command
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Last Name SIMPKINS
Given Names ROBERT LEE JR

Date of Birth 19471210 12/10/1947
Service A Army
Component R Regular
Rank PFC Private First Class
Grade and posthumous promotion E3
Service Occupation 62B30 Engineer Equipment Repairman (ARMY)
Actual Date of Casualty 19670105 01/05/1967
Actual Date of Death 19670105 01/05/1967
Tour Date 660618 06/18/1966
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Casualty Type C1 Non-Hostile, Died of Other Causes
Reason Q Suicide
Air no Air 7 Ground Casualty
Body Recovered
Country VS South Vietnam
Province 99 Province and Military Region Unknown
Casualty Location
Major command, eg division or brigade 1st Log Cmd
Company/battery/troop or similar level unit HSC
Battalion or similar level unit 63rd Maint Bn
Regiment, ROAD 54th GS Grp

Home of Record City PHILADELPHIA
Home of Record State Code Pennsylvania

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ROBERT LEE SIMPKINS
Army - PFC - E3
Age: 19
Race: Negro
Sex: Male
Date of Birth Dec 10, 1947
From: PHILADELPHIA, PA
Religion: BAPTIST
Marital Status: Single
PFC - E3 - Army - Regular
1st Log CMD

Length of service 1 years
His tour began on Jun 18, 1966
Casualty was on Jan 5, 1967
In , SOUTH VIETNAM
NON-HOSTILE, GROUND CASUALTY
Body was recovered
   
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Robert and I slept in the same tent and worked together for most of our tour.I believe we were the 2 youngest guys in the company.We were assigned to the 538th Engr Det.in Nha Trang.We fixed const equip. and generators and some of us went on the road to help build living compounds for other GIs.Robert was hard working and fun,we often joked around together.I've missed him all my life


tom massey
Email Address: ptmass16@optimum.net



Vietnam Wall Panel coords 13E 117
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Jim McIlhenney
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Native Philadelphian & Viet Vet
A Germantown High School graduate, Simpkins had planned to make the Army a career when he enlisted in October 1965. The 19-year-old private first class, a heavy equipment operator and engineer equipment repairman, was assigned to Headquarters and Maintenance Support Company of the 63rd Maintenance Battalion, in Vietnam. He died on January 5, 1967, as the result of non-hostile action. Survivors included his parents, two brothers and three sisters. Simpkins lived on Bringhurst Street in the Germantown section of Philadelphia. Source: The Philadelphia Daily News
Tuesday, December 30, 2003

  2 Phila. GIs Die in Vietnam
Posted for: ROBERT LEE SIMPKINS JR JR:
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The body of a Philadelphia soldier killed in Vietnam will be escorted home in a few days by an uncle with whom he had a joyful reunion in the war torn Asian nation only a few weeks ago. Army Pfc. Robert L. Simpkins Jr., 19, of 279 E. Bringhurst st., was killed during fighting last Thursday. Escorting the body home will be Pfc. Derwood Hankinson, 21, of 246 Christian st.

HELD SUPERVISOR'S JOB

Pfc. Simpkins, who had been in Vietnam since June, had been assigned to the 63rd Motor unit. His father, Robert L. Sr., said that his son was attached to a military base as a supervisor of civilian workers in the repair of electronic generators.
He was graduated from Germantown High School in June, 1965, and entered the Army the following September.
Surviving in addition to his father are his mother, Verna; two brothers, Jan, 17, and Cornelius, 12, and three sisters, Velma, 21, Beth, 4, and Melissa, 2.

Photo and articlee appeared in The Philadelphia Inquirer on January 10, 1967. The other Philadelphia GI mentioned in the article was Marine LCPL John J. Murphy.
Posted by: Jim McIlhenney
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Relationship: Native Philadelphian & VietVet
Friday, September 12, 2003
  We Remember
Posted for: ROBERT LEE SIMPKINS JR JR:
Robert is buried at Beverly Nat Cem.
Posted by: Robert Sage
Email: rsage@austin.rr.com
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Thursday, February 17, 2005
 Reflection on a fellow veteran who served his country honorably in the presence of the enemy.
Posted for: ROBERT LEE SIMPKINS JR JR:
I was stationed with PFC Simpkins at Headquarters 163rd. Maintenance Battalion in the Nha Trang SubArea Command. His death was a shock to the other guys in our group. The VC had tried to overrun our area during the TeT Holiday season. It is very sad that Robert gave his life and then our country and our President decided that we had made a mistake by going there to support FREEDOM of a people.
Posted by: Lucian L Lamb
Email: llamb@mchsi.com
Relationship: A fellow serviceman in Nha Trang, S VN
Wednesday, December 5, 2007
   
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