SMSgt Robert "Skeeter" Simmons, 16 SOS AG

WELCOME HOME SKEETER!
A 29 MAR 1972, ACFT 044 Previous MIA AG
SMSgt Robert E. Simmons is put to rest. 
Memorial was held August 23, 2008 at the AmVets in Heuvelton, NY.  The remains were in a full casket with Military Honors. At this service,  his mother was presented medals due at 2 pm.  At 11 am on Sunday August 24 the remains were buried in in family plot at Purmont
 Cemetery in DePeyster NY with Military Honors with a fly
over by the USAF where this family has  a memorial stone placed for him a couple of years ago.  If there is anyone out there who knew him and could share some memories, his family would love to hear from you.  If anyone knew Robert (Skeeter) or knows of someone who did please contact his Sister.   All Gave Some  - Some Gave All!     Cherie Stevens (Robert's Sister) - New York.  His sister requested a press release posted with more details/requested donation in lei of flowers info


 

Form PJ Cook:  Anyone having any photos of Gunner Robert Simmons from 044, please send to me so I can add them to our site to properly memorialize this fallen warrior as well.  Thanks in advance.

SMSgt Robert E."Skeeter" Simmons

Mother receiving the Medals due to Robert

Robert's Mom, Sister Cherie and Cherie's Son Gunny Sgt Jason L. Pittsley USMC and her nephew
Robert E Simmons( after his uncle)

Robert's Mother Receiving the Purple Heart

The ring that Robert wore on  hat fateful evening in 1972.  It was finally given to the family.  It was recovered in 1986 and never showed anyone until this year.  It is my Robert's ring with his girlfriends name on it.  Robert's mother has it now.

Cherie's son: Gunny Sgt Jason L. Pittsley USMC and her nephew
Robert E Simmons( after his uncle)

Service at Purmont Cemetery in DePeyster, NY

Service at Purmont Cemetery in DePeyster, NY

Presentation of Burial Flag
 to his Family
They asked Cherie's son to do the presentation to his grandmother of the flag.  This is the salute by Cherie's nephew Rob AF, her son  Jason  USMC and the Air Force Honor Guard SMS Lori

The Patriot Guard from new York

AC-130H Spectre Flyover
"as it went over my mother turned to me and said the plane just flew over and took Skeeter's spirit away. I cried so hard then...He is finally HOME!"

Gunny Sgt Jason L Pittsley USMC and Robert E Simmons (nephew and name sake) former USAF saluting their
Uncle Skeeter .

Freedom is NOT Free!
 

Arlington National Cemetery Marker for
Spectre crew that was shot down in 18 Jun 1972

Arlington National Cemetery Marker for
Spectre crew that was shot down in 18 Jun 1972

Robert Eugene Simmons was born on November 25, 1951, in Ogdensburg, the son of Earl and Rita Rayburn Simmons. He attended Heuvelton Central School for most of his school years. He graduated from DeRuyter Central School in 1969.

After graduation, he worked for Smith Corona Corp in Cortland. He loved stock car racing and drove along with his father Earl and brother Richard (Butch) Simmons. He enlisted in the United States Air Force in 1970.

Purmont  Cemetery in DePeyster, NY  where this family has this memorial stone placed for him a couple of years ago.


 
Photos & information for this section courtesy of Cherie Stevens (Robert's Sister)

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