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SGT Robert William "Bobby" Simril, Sr
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Birth: Oct. 8, 1914
Georgia, USA
Death: Feb. 5, 1970
Mecklenburg County
North Carolina, USA

Charlotte Ex-Soldier is Commended for Heroism

Former Army Col. Robert W. Simril of Charlotte has been awarded the Commendation Ribbon for his heroism during a fire which raked the 49th General Hospital in Tokyo, Japan, May 5, 1949.

The medal was received here today by Mr. Simril, who is now a patient in Mercy Hospital.

The citation accompanying the ribbon sent to Mr. Simril by Army secretary Gordon Gray, said that it was awarded for "Meritorious achievement." The citation reads as follows:

"Corporal Simril, medical department, distinguished [himself] by meritorious achievement [fight]ing a fire at the 49th General Hospital, Tokyo, Japan, on 5 May 1949. After issuing instructions for combatting the fire and safeguarding the adjacent buildings and property, Cpl. Simril with another enlisted man entered the flaming third floor of the nurses' quarters to insure that all occupants had evacuated the building. While preforming this miss[ion] the two enlisted men heard a moan. In the face of flames and intense heat, and without regard for his personal safety, accompanied by his comrad, Corporal Simril crawled on his stomach down a hallway, through the blinding smoke, to a point where a nurse was found lying in a semi-conscious state. With the assistance of his companion, Corporal Simril dragged the nurse back through the hallway to the stairs where she was carried to safety. Corporal Simril's courageous actions reflect great credit upon himself and the military service."

Mr. Simril is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Robert M. Simril of Rt. 7, Charlotte.

NOTE: Words in [] are assumed as the newspaper article is torn along the edge.

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Robert William Simril was known as Bobby. His parents are Robert McLane Simril and Ima Belle Carter. His grandparents are Robert Francis Simril & Frances Rosebud McLane Simril Tilden and William Taylor Carter & Lula Victoria Bailey.

Bobby was married to Mildred Gardner and they had one son, Robert William Simril Jr. who was married to Glenda Wilson and they two had children Chris & Eddie Simril.

Bobby served in the US Army during World War II and in Korea. He was a decorated soldier who had received 2 Bronze Stars. He was at Normandy during the D-Day invasion. Following the War he was a Army Recruiter in Charlotte, NC.

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Robert W. Simril, Sr., "North Carolina, Deaths, 1931-1994"

Name: Robert W. Simril, Sr.
Titles and Terms:
Event Type: Death
Event Date: 05 Feb 1970
Event Place: Charlotte, Mecklenburg, North Carolina
Birth Year: 1914
Birth Year (Estimated):
Burial Date: 07 Feb 1970
Burial Place: Charlotte, N. C.
Cemetery: Sharon Memorial Park
Funeral Home:
Residence Place: Charlotte, Mecklenburg, N. C.
Address: 1809 Cannon Ave.
Gender: Male
Age: 55
Marital Status: Widowed
Race (Original): White
Occupation: Disabled Veteran
Birth Date: 08 Oct 1914
Birthplace: Georgia
Father's Name:Robert M. Simril
Father's Titles and Terms:
Father's Birthplace:
Mother's Name:Ima Carter

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Robert W Simril
United States World War II Army Enlistment Records
Name Robert W Simril
Name (Original) SIMRIL ROBERT W
Event Type Military Service
Event Date 05 Sep 1946
Term of Enlistment Enlistment for Hawaiian Department
Event Place Ft Bragg, North Carolina, United States
Race White
Citizenship Status citizen
Birth Year 1914
Birthplace GEORGIA
Education Level 4 years of high school
Marital Status Married
Military Rank Private
Army Branch Medical Department - For Enlisted Men of the Medical Department (includes Enlisted Men of the Medical Department on Duty with the Dental Corps) or Army Nurse Corps
Army Component Regular Army (including Officers, Nurses, Warrant Officers, and Enlisted Men)
Serial Number 34592070
Affiliate ARC Identifier 1263923
Box Film Number 08223.244

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Robert W Simril
United States Census, 1940
Name Robert W Simril
Event Type Census
Event Date 1940
Event Place Ward 6, Charlotte, Township 1 Charlotte, Mecklenburg, North Carolina, United States
Gender Male
Age 25
Marital Status Married
Race (Original) White
Race White
Relationship to Head of Household (Original) Head
Relationship to Head of Household Head
Birthplace Georgia
Birth Year (Estimated) 1915
Last Place of Residence Same Place
Robert W Simril Head M 25 Georgia
Mildred E Simril Wife F 21 North Carolina

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Family links: 
  Robert McLane Simril (1893 - 1966)
  Ima Belle Carter Simril (1894 - 1978)
  Mildred Elizabeth Gardner Simril (1918 - 1967)
  Robert William Simril (1914 - 1970)
  Claude McLane Simril (1916 - 1976)*
  Imogene Harriet Katherine Simril Beach (1917 - 1985)*
  Rose Georgia Simril Huneycutt (1924 - 2008)*
  Edith Agusta Simril Bass (1928 - 1989)*
  Jacqueline Simril Honeycutt (1937 - 1986)*
*Calculated relationship
Robert W. Simril
North Carolina
Oct. 8, 1914 Feb. 5, 1970

Note: He is buried on the same row as his parents Robert M. & Ima C., sisters Jackie Honeycutt & Gene Beach, brother-in-law Milton Smith.
Sharon Memorial Park
Mecklenburg County
North Carolina, USA
Plot: Section 7 A, Lot 63 A
Created by: Lanie
Record added: Nov 21, 2010
Find A Grave Memorial# 61964577
SGT Robert William Bobby Simril, Sr
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SGT Robert William Bobby Simril, Sr
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SGT Robert William Bobby Simril, Sr
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Thank you for your service and your bravery. You are truly a hero!
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