In Memory Of

Edward Lamar Simmons

SP4 - E4 - U.S. Army
Age 23, Married
Delta Company
2nd Battalion, 7th Cavalry
1st Cavalry Division, Airmobile
Born: August 7, 1942
From LaFayette, Georgia
Tout began August 16, 1965
Died: November 17, 1965
Ia Drang Valley, South Vietnam
Cause: Small Arms Fire

From the Walker County Messenger, November 24, 1965

A week ago today was a typical November Wednesday in our town. The air was crisp and cool with just enough bite to warn that another winter waites in the wings. After lunch the streets and sidewalks had a somewhat deserted look as most businesses observed a customary mid week afternoon holiday. And thousands of miles away a young man who had driven trucks and cars over these same streets and had bicycled and walked on these sidewalks, died on a battlefield. Edward Lamar Simmons became the first Walker Countian killed in action in the war in Viet Nam. The telegram came Saturday. There were no immediate details. The blow struck Lamar Simmons family with the full force and finality that similar messages have crushed the bereft of our several wars. Lamar married Stella Sisemore and he leaves his parents, Mr and Mrs Edward Simmons, and 12 year old brother Terry of Linwood and married sister, Mrs John Clark of LaFayette, his grandparents, Mr and Mrs Edward Simmons of LaFayette, and Elmer Ownsby of Dalton and Mrs Edith Callahan of Chattanooga. This family and others close to Lamar now await his final homecoming. His body will be shipped here for funeral services and burial. Lamar Simmons was 23 years old. He was a Specialist 4 with the 1st Cavalry Division, an outfit in the thick of the fighting in Viet Nam. He left Ft Benning last August 15, for duty across the water. After a previous three year hitch, he had re-enlisted in the Army at Ft McPherson in Atlanta, just last April. The soldier who died last Wednesday, was born August 7, 1942, a war baby destined to die in yet another war. (Thanks to Marilyn Houser)