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CSM Roland Hienz Simms

Command Sergeant Major Roland Hienz Simms, recently passed away on July 21, 2015. He joined the US Army in 1961 and had 26 years of distinguished military service. CSM Simms served two combat tours in Vietnam. Over his career of almost 3 decades and he proudly served with the 101st Airborne Division “Screaming Eagles”’ and with the Army’s elite Special Forces (Green Beret). Among his awards were the Bronze Star Medal with “V” Device, Purple Heart Medal, Vietnam Service Medal, Vietnam Campaign Medal, Combat Infantry Badge, Master Parachutist Badge, Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Medal and numerous other decorations. He also served as a US Army Drill Sergeant. CSM Simms always beamed with pride from a squared away uniform and spit shined boots and had a sixth sense for spotting excess thread on a soldier’s uniform. His funeral service was held at Our Lady of Guadalupe Catholic Church in Helotes, Texas and interment followed at the Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery with full military honors. Our sincere condolences to his family and a salute of gratitude to our Patriot and friend, (DE OPPRESSO LIBRE) and Gods Speed.


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