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  • In Recognition of Mr. Omer D. Simms

    by Representative Michael C. Burgess

    Posted on 2013-01-29

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    BURGESS of texas in the house of representatives Tuesday, January 29, 2013 Mr. BURGESS. Mr. Speaker, I rise today to honor one of the fallen crewmembers of the Essex-class carrier U.S.S. Franklin, Mr. Omer D. Simms, a Seaman First Class.

    On March 19, 1945, the U.S.S Franklin was instantly hit by a Japanese bomb that killed, wounded, and trapped many crew members on board. Mr. Simms, one of the confined men, heroically put his comrades' life before his own by creating a hatch for them escape. Letting the twelve other men go before him, Mr. Simms never made it to safety. Instead, he tragically lost his life on the U.S.S. Franklin from a second bomb that hit the ship while the other crewmembers' lives were saved.

    I am proud to honor Mr. Omer D. Simms' service aboard the U.S.S. Franklin and the ultimate sacrifice he made for this country.


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